Home sweet home.
The Boston Bruins finally returned to TD Garden on Saturday after a long three-game road trip out west, and they certainly made the most of it in a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Here’s how it all went down.
POWERLESS PLAY (IN THE FIRST PERIOD, AT LEAST)
The B’s power play woes continued in the first period.
Dustin Byfuglien was called for a slashing penalty 10:03 into the frame, and Blake Wheeler was assesed a hooking penalty less than two minutes later, setting up a golden 5-on-3 opportunity for the Bruins, even if it only was for 34 seconds.
They generated plenty of scoring chances on the regular power play and on the 5-on-3 advantage, but the B’s finished the period with 14 shots and zero goals.
Boston’s offensive woes continued in the first period, but it ended those in a big way in the second. The B’s exploded for three goals in the frame, one of which came on a power play.
The first goal came courtesy of Matt Beleskey, who potted a one-timer in the slot off a Joe Morrow pass from behind the net 2:01 into the period.
Brad Marchand then put Boston up 2-0 on an impressive individual effort at the 8:23 mark.
And Patrice Bergeron capped off the goal party when he scored on the Bruins’ second 5-on-3 power play of the night.
The B’s held a massive 27-7 lead in shots through 40 minutes, which shows just how much they dominated play.
Boston wasn’t finished. It added goal No. 4 less than two minutes into the third period thanks to Torey Krug’s long pass to Tim Schaller, who went on to score.
The Jets added a late goal thanks to forward Adam Lowry, but it was far too late to mount a significant comeback attempt at that point. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask had a relatively quiet night in net, stopping 11 of the 12 shots he faced.
The B’s will enjoy a few days off before playing three games in four days next week. Game 1 of that tough stretch will be at home Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues at 7 p.m. ET.
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