With 10 different point-getters and nine different players finishing in the black under the plus/minus heading, the Boston Bruins thawed out in multiple areas to wrest away a 4-3 victory Monday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
With that decision, the first game in their series with the Washington Capitals to be decided in regulation, they have reclaimed the upper hand and home-ice advantage. They flexed some encouraging elasticity by way of deleting initial 1-0 and 2-1 deficits and spawning their own leads in the earliest and latest phases of the third period.
All but one of Boston’s skaters contributed to a soda-spitting tally of 58 hits. The unlikely odd man out, stay-at-home defenseman Greg Zanon, still made a tangible mark with an assist and one of the team’s 21 blocked shots.
And in the wake of head coach Claude Julien flip-flopping centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, at least two of the top-six forwards finally found the scoresheet. Rich Peverley inserted the visitors’ icebreaker while Bergeron amassed the primary assist on the deciding strike with only 1:53 to spare in regulation.
On a night that was closer to passable than perfect, two positive points stand out as opposed to one pimple on the Bruins’ postgame dispatch.