The Fourth Line And Defense Combine For Seven Points As Bruins Shut Out Ducks 3-0 To Begin Road Trip
In Anaheim last night to begin a five-game, West Coast road trip were the Bruins, and it began on a good note as they blanked the Ducks 3-0.
The win marked the Bruins' fourth in a row, while the loss was the Ducks' eighth in their last nine games, a stretch in which they've scored just nine goals and have been shut out three times.
Coming up big in Boston's win was the fourth line. Sean Kuraly recorded two assists, Noel Acciari scored the game's first goal with his second of the season 5:31 into the first period, and Chris Wagner sealed it with his seventh tally of the season, an empty-netter with 1:31 to go.
Brandon Carlo (3rd) and Kuraly assisted on Acciari's goal, while Zdeno Chara (6th) did so with Kuraly on Wagner's empty-netter.
Jake DeBrusk scored the game's second goal 5:07 into the second period on the power-play with assists coming from David Krejci (33rd) and Torey Krug (36th):
DeBrusk's goal was his 16th of the season and second straight game he's found the back of the net, following a 13-game drought which dated back to January 8.
With the win, the Bruins improved to 33-17-8, which currently places them one point behind the second-place Maple Leafs and five points ahead of the fourth-place Canadians in the Atlantic Division.
Anaheim fell to 22-27-9, as their 53 points are just one more than their Pacific Division rival LA Kings for fewest in the NHL.
Boston will look to extend its winning streak to five games tonight against the Kings (23-28-6) as puck drop is scheduled for 10:30 pm ET.