Talking Points: Bruins 6, Predators 2

Talking Points: Bruins 6, Predators 2
December 24, 2013, 12:15 am
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GOLD STAR: A team-high six shots on net and three assists for Ryan Spooner, who pushed the pace of the game while creating scoring chances and helping to produce more power play goals for the Bruins. Finally Spooner has worried less about avoiding mistakes, and has instead started playing toward his strengths: blazing skating speed and playmaking skills. The three points marked Spooner’s first multi-point game with the Black and Gold, and nearly matched the four assists he’d totaled in his previous 13 NHL games. It’s pretty clear that Spooner and Carl Soderberg have found some instant chemistry playing together on the third line, and have added Reilly Smith to their points party on the power play. It’s going to be awfully difficult to send him back down to Providence.

BLACK EYE: Seth Jones did make one nice play in the defensive zone standing Ryan Spooner up on a drive to the net, and he notched an assist in the loss. But he also was on the ice for two goals against and had a pair of giveaways in his first game against the Boston Bruins. It wasn’t quite the virtuoso performance that many might have expected from the future franchise defenseman, but he was coming back from taking a puck to the face in a game against the Habs. It was a tough night for the Predators goalies, but much of that was because his Nashville defensemen hung him out to dry.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins scored three goals in the first 10:47 of the game – including two goals in six minutes that got Nashville goalie Carter Hutton yanked from the contest – to take control of the game, and they never surrendered it back to the Predators. Nashville actually played some decent hockey while closing to within a 3-2 game in the third period, but then Boston reeled off three straight unanswered goals to make it a season-high six goals scored for the Black and Gold.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jarome Iginla finished with his second two goal game in the last four contests, and also collected his first power play goal of the season while helping pace the Bruins offense. Iginla now has 10 goals on the season for the Black and Gold, and is starting to climb toward a 30-goal pace for the season. His first score was a nice redirection of a Zdeno Chara shot while camped down in the right place at the right time, and his second score was a batted down David Krejci pass that originally seemed destined for Milan Lucic on the other side of the ice. Two shots on net, two hits and two blocked shots in 18:44 of ice time for the B’s right wing.

BY THE NUMBERS: 400 – the number of NHL victories for B’s coach Claude Julien after Monday night’s win vs. Nashville, the 31st coach in NHL history to reach that milestone win.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “The first three or four games I was definitely pretty nervous out there. Now that I’ve been here for quite some time, it’s a lot easier.” –Ryan Spooner to NESN postgame while relaxed and playing to his strengths with 11 shots on net and four assists in his last two games with the Bruins.