During the Bruins’ 8-0 dominance of the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, one thing was apparent: the Bruins third line of Chris Kelly, Benoit Poulliot and Brian Rolston were the spark the Bruins needed.
Brian Rolston led the way for the B’s, tallying a goal and three assists and earning the games First Star. He now stands at six goals and 11 assists for the season. Poulliot added two goals and an assist and center Chris Kelly, who opened the scoring early in the first period, also had an assist. Overall, the line had four goals, which is just the kind of secondary scoring the Bruins need as they enter the playoffs.
Rolston, who was acquired at the trade deadline, had done little to impress in a Bruins uniform this year, but has come on strong lately. In his first nine games with the Bruins, the veteran right winger had just one assist and was a minus-2. In his last three games, Rolston had two goals and five assists as well as being a plus-5.
“I think we deserved a game like that because we went through a stretch there that seemed like everything went wrong,” said Rolston. ”And I think a big key for us was the game against Philly. We came back and won that game, and when you get wins you get more confidence as a team. And we came out, it felt good tonight and you can just build on that as you go.”
Hopefully the Bruins will keep building on that as they embark on a three game west coast road trip starting Thursday. The games will be tough. The B’s visit old friend Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks, then travel down Rte. 5 to visit the Los Angeles Kings. Both the Sharks and the Kings are in a battle to get in the playoffs, as both are one point out of the eighth seed. They wrap up the road trip Monday in Anaheim.