Bruins Wrap: Boston Owns Third Period To Take Down Kings

The Bruins scored two goals in 34 seconds in the final frame


January 6

The Boston Bruins yet again won a decisive third period to topple the Los Angeles Kings, 5-2, at Arena on Thursday night.

With the win, the Bruins improve their NHL-best record to 30-4-4 while the Kings dip 22-14-6.

Check out the full box score here.

There was no Winter Classic hangover for the Bruins.

After playing in the NHL’s marquee regular-season event earlier this week, it would have been natural for them to have a letdown, but Boston shook off a sluggish first period to take down the Kings.

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As they did at Fenway Park, the Bruins showcased their hallmark trait this season of rising to the occasion in the third period. Boston scored twice in a span of 34 seconds to break a 2-2 deadlock in the final frame and added an empty-netter to pick up a little revenge on the Kings, who dealt the Bruins a shootout loss at TD Garden last month.

This season, it doesn’t matter who the Bruins face, they continuously own the third period to keep the wins coming.

— Trent Frederic had both third-period goals midway through the frame as he redirected a shot from Brandon Carlo before scoring finishing off a feed from Nick Foligno. The tallies give Frederic a career-high nine goals on the season. And if that wasn’t enough, Frederic also got into a fight with Brendan Lemieux.

— Brad Marchand had a meltdown early in the second period when the referees missed an easy penalty, but the star winger seemed to use it as motivation. Marchand went on to tally a goal and an assist in the period.

— David Pastrnak continues to find the back of the net. He scored off a wrist shot with 13:34 to go in the second period and capped the scoring with an empty-net goal for his team-leading 27th tally.

DraftKings Sportsbook sets the odds of Charlie McAvoy registering an assist at -105 and the star defenseman handed out two helpers in the win. A $100 wager on the prop bet would have resulted in a total payout of $195.24.

The Bruins continue their three-game West Coast swing Saturday when they take on the San Jose Sharks. Puck drop from SAP Center at San Jose is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET, and you can watch the game, plus an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.

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