Marty Turco was between the pipes for an entire 60-minute effort this time and notched his first win with the Boston Bruins as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-2. This victory was notable for two reasons: it was the first time the Bruins beat the infrequently-met Ducks since 2009, but the first time the Bruins did so in Anaheim since 2003. It also served as the big debut of Turco’s new goalie gear, which had been seen only from the bench before now and led to a flurry of jokes about their brightness.
Turco’s “butterscotch” pads, as Naoko Funayama called them, were not the only highlight of this game, however (although the pads are somewhat reminiscent of highlighters). Following a fairly unremarkable first period, in the second Zdeno Chara fired a famous Chara slap shot that beat Jonas Hiller–which must be a thankless task for any goalie faced with his slapper.
The line of Chris Kelly, Brian Rolston and Benoit Pouliot was electric in this game. Aside from Chara’s goal, that trio provided the rest of Boston’s offensive production, whether in goal-scoring or assisting. Pouliot elevated the Bruins to 2-0 in the second period, assisted by Kelly and Rolston. Later, Rolston added his own goal, extending his point streak to six consecutive games, and Kelly and Pouliot provided the helpers.
Teemu Selanne scored to make it 2-1 Anaheim, getting his 661st goal and 248th power play goal. This elicited pretty much no anger from Bruins fans because, hey, it’s Selanne. However, during the third period, the Bruins were bailed out when an Anaheim goal was called off because Andrew Cogliano had both feet in the blue paint at the time. This call definitely created some division among fans as to how it had been handled, but it did allow the Bruins to keep a 2-1 lead that they then extended to 3-1. (Anaheim’s Lubomir Visnovsky later scored to bring the Ducks back within one.)
The Bruins held on tightly to that one-goal lead and that was enough to give Turco his first NHL win in more than a year. Now the Bruins have something that, at times, has been elusive: a two-game win streak. They carry these two games with them back home to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning again on March 27.
Plus, Rich Peverley‘s back after spending more than a month recovering from injury. That too is pretty good news.