March 25, 2012

Bruins down Ducks, make trip out west a success

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Boston 3, Anaheim 2

Recap: After a scoreless opening period, the Bruins struck twice in the span of 1:22 in the second. Zdeno Chara opened the scoring with an unassisted slapper, as the captain notched his 12th goal of the season. Benoit Pouliot then buried a feed from Chris Kelly to make it 2-0.

Ageless wonder Teemu Selanne’s 24th of the season, which came on the power play, knotted things up midway through the middle frame.

With 13:06 gone in the third, Brian Rolston pushed the B’s lead to two. Some careless defense with 2:29 to go led a Lubomir Visnovsky strike, making it 3-2, but that was as close as the Ducks would get.

Records: Boston 44-28-3, 91 points; Anaheim 32-33-11, 75 points

Key Play of the Game: Before Rolston’s goal put Boston up by two, Anaheim thought they’d tied things up on a goal by Matt Beleskey. Coach Bruce Boudreau was heated when the goal was overturned, as netminder Marty Turco was interfered with.

Connolly’s Commendations: Speaking of Turco, the veteran was immeasurably better against the Ducks than he was in his last outing down in Tampa. Turco finished the night with 25 stops, earning his first win as a member of the Bruins.

Boston’s third line has to slow down at some point, right? Their stellar run continued in the win over Anaheim, as Chris Kelly had two helpers, while Pouliot and Rolston each had a goal and an assist. Rolston stretched his point streak to six games (three goals, eight assists).

Greg Zanon was rock-solid in this one. The B’s blueliner finished plus-1 in 15:07 of ice time and dished out a game-high six hits.

Connolly’s Critiques: Rather than nitpick, we’ll give those that were quiet in this one a free pass.

Notes: Rich Peverley returned to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 15. He saw 16:44 of ice time and had two shots on goal. Dan Paille was the odd man out.

Final Thoughts: After a disheartening start to their trip through California, the Bruins came up with two huge wins over the Kings and Ducks, earning four out of six points on the road swing. Suddenly, the team that couldn’t consistently put together victories has won four of five.

Next: The Bruins will now return home to take on the visiting Lightning at TD Garden on Tuesday night.