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Bruins Get Revenge as Physicality Pays Off vs. Blues, Bjork Admires Goal on Jumbotron

Bruins Get Revenge as Physicality Pays Off vs. Blues, Bjork Admires Goal on Jumbotron

BOSTON, MA- The smell of revenge was in the air as Boston’s physicality lead them to a victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues.

Recap:

It didn’t take long to tell that the Bruins were playing hard as Zdeno Chara sent Blues Oskar Sundqvist into the boards. The scuffle, directly in front of the Blues bench lasted a couple of seconds as Chara and Schenn were both tagged with a roughing penalty that led to a 4 on 4. This game felt different than other games. This game felt like the Bruins had something to prove.

The only first-period goal was scored at 14:59 as who else but David Pastnak netted his eleventh goal of the season, assisted by Torey Krug and Brad Marchand. The snipe through G Jordan Binnington’s five-hole was a bit of a cup check as the Garden erupted in cheers.

Halfway through the second period, the Bruins would make Bennington look like a totally different Goalie than they saw in last year’s final. Newly called up Anders Bjork would net his first goal of the season, snapping a 17 game drought without a goal. The look on his face was priceless as he admired his first goal since October 13, 2018, on the TD Garden jumbotron.

In the third, physicalness and cheap shots reigned. Both St. Louis and Boston accumulating nearly 50 total hits in the game. The Bruins would shutout the Blues in the third. Brandon Carlo’s empty-net goal with less than a minute left put this one out of reach. as the Bruins would win 3-0. This cheap shot from Jay Boumeester on David Pastrnak midway through the third made things even more feistier.

Locker Room Sounds:

Star of the night Anders Bjork highlighted the locker room soundbites after he scored his first goal of the season. Bjork said he was filled with “a lot of excitement… glad we got the win,” when talking about looking at the Jumbotron and smiling.

Head Coach Bruce Cassidy started off by saying how well the team looked, how they “didn’t let the game get too big,” and how they controlled their emotions on the ice during a tough, physical game. Cassidy took most of his presser to reflect on the great play and personality of Anders Bjork: “Nice to see him get rewarded, nice play. He was good hunting pucks, on the walls and hustling every play. Great kid, quiet, he’s worked hard and the guys all love him. He’s going to be a National Hockey League play.” IMG_8511.JPG Just when I get excited about the comment, Cassidy clarified his statement by saying he “doesn’t want to jump to conclusions after just 2 games, but he’s played well.” Bjork was just recently called up this week with the injuries to Krejci and Nordstrom. Only time will tell if he will make it at the NHL level but tonight looked promising. Goalie Tuuka Rask seemed like he had a chip on his shoulder after the game, saying “unless they brought the cup here, no” when asked if this game meant any more to him or the team because it was a rematch vs. the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Rask and this Bruins team seems like they have something to prove this year. Tuuka was a perfect 26-26 on saves for the night.

Boston improves to 7-1-2 on the season. They will take on the struggling New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night at 7PM.

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