Extra Beats: Bergeron And Nash Score Two Apiece To Pace Bruins to 5-2 Win Over Flames



On Patrice Bergeron bobblehead night at TD Garden, it was the Bruins star center and Hart Trophy candidate that broke the game open in the third period scoring the game-winner 1:15 into the third period and adding another eight minutes later to make it 4-2 to help pace the Bruins to their second straight win. Zdeno Chara would add an empty-netter to seal the deal for the Black and Gold, who also got two goals from Riley Nash. Tuukka Rask had 28 saves and Boston is now one point back of Tampa Bay for first in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division.





1.) #BergeronForHart

We continue to try and get it going here folks and we expect after reading this you will do your part! If he wasn’t already, Bergeron has to be top 3 in consideration for the Hart Trophy as league MVP. His two goals Tuesday night gave him 27 lamplighters for the season to go along with 24 assists and he is riding a four-game point streak with seven points (5 g, 7 a,) during that span.

“He’s been doing it for years, so there’s no surprise there. Good timing this year,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said following the win Tuesday.

“Bergy is hot. He’s a shooter this year, and it’s finding the back of the net, so good for him. The power-play goal is something we saw in the first period on the entries; they were jamming us at the blue line, so we made a little adjustment, thought we could sneak behind them, and [Torey] Krug executed a great pass and perfect timing. So, we got in behind them and, we were able to capitalize. Like I said, Bergy, from that area of the ice, he’s lights out this year and getting rewarded for hitting the net, first of all, and putting it in a tough spot for the goalie to handle.”

2.) Who Needs Rick When You Have Riley Nash?

There’s been plenty of chatter lately that the Bruins are one of the serious suiters for Rangers F Rick Nash, one of, if not the biggest fish on the trade market leading into the February 26 NHL Trade Deadline. Of course Nash, who as of Tuesday was two points shy of 800 for his career and has 433 lamplighters, including 17 this season, would be a welcome edition, but the Bruins’ Riley Nash hasn’t been too shabby this season either.

Nash scored two goals Tuesday to bring his season total to ten and matching his career high set in 2013-14 with the Carolina Hurricanes. Nash -known more more his defensive prowess- has chipped in with some key goals this season and been another example of the Bruins depth up front.

“We like what Riley has given us down the middle this year,” Cassidy said. “He’s quietly gone about his business, become
a real good third-line center. We used him as a fourth line last year, so we’ve asked a little more of him, and he’s delivered.”

When asked about his two-goal effort and recent offensive surge, Nash was quick to credit his teammates.

“The one in New York was there, just stopping in front, [David] Backes made a good play,” Nash recalled. “Then tonight was one where Backes made another good play and the second one was Timmy [Schaller] found a nice seam and I just had to get a stick on it and redirect it. Trying to go to the net more and more and just get greasy goals.”

3.) Cassidy Sends Message To Pastrnak And Message Received

Crafty Bruins winger David Pastrnak has always had a habit of getting too cute at times and trying to exert his exceptional skill a bit too much. He also can let the physicality of the game get under his skin. Both were on display early against the Flames and Cassidy wasn’t about to let it derail his team’s chances at winning. Pastrnak took a retaliatory slashing penalty at 18:34 of the first period, and that was after his aforementioned lookin for the pretty play had got him demoted to the third line, with Backes moving up to the first line with Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Backes ended up with two helpers and Pastrnak seemed to play smarter and harder in the final two periods.

“Stroke of genius, huh?” Cassidy quipped. “What did I think of it? Well, it worked, so I thought we got them away from [Johnny] Gaudreau. I went with [Sean] Kuraly. It was just a gut instinct. Their line plays hard; they play honest, play straight lines. I thought, well if they’re going to beat us, they’re going to go 200 feet. I thought they got an easy goal against us, too easy for how good they are and how good we want to be defensively. Then, Backes would see the [Matthew] Tkachuk on the left wing, who is an ornery guy. So, it’s just a bit of a matchup to keep everything honest in our building, give us a little more push back, and then Pasta would slide down with Nash and [Danton] Heinen, which is still a very effective line.”

As for Pastrnak’s response:

“He knew he messed up, and that’s the growth you like to see. You don’t want to see a guy go pout and sit at the end of the bench and not respond. So, that’s maturity, and he responded the right way, played hard and helped us win a hockey game.”

4.) Bruins PK Has Been Killah

After killing off all five Flames penalty kills Tuesday, the Bruins have now killed off 16 straight dating back to their 3-2 win in Detroit February 6. The Bruins now have the second best penalty kill in the NHL, killing off 84.2 percent of the powerplays they face.

“All year, it’s been good, and tonight was no exception,” Cassidy said. “We were buzzing up the ice too on those shorties, trying to put a little stress on them, as well.”

5.) McAvoy Feeling Like Himself Again

It took six games but star rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy finally got on the scoresheet for the first time since returning February 3 from surgery to repair an abnormal heartbeat. It’s not that McAvoy was that bad in the first five games back, but he was definitely not looking like the rookie who was in consideration for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

“It’s kind of tough because you get the rest so you feel good in that regard but – I don’t want to say you lose a step, but whenever you’re not playing and you come back you kind of have to readjust yourself so you can get to where you feel like you left off,” McAvoy said after making a beautiful steal and assisting on Nash’s game-tying goal at 16:20 of the second period.

“Especially when you leave off on a good note and you come back and right away you want to pick up where you left off and it’s easier said than done. Guys comes back from injuries every day in this league and, you know, it’s definitely hard to get back in to that game pace. So I’m continuing to feel better, starting to feel good. Just going to continue to ride it, keep getting better every day, keep staying up, staying energized and just keep playing good.”


6.) On The Road Again

The Bruins will have the day off Wednesday, practice at Warrior Arena Thursday and then take off for Vancouver where they will begin a six-game road trip Saturday. They’ll also travel to Calgary (Monday), Edmonton (Tuesday), then at Toronto February 24 and Buffalo February 25.