For Bruin David Pastrnak, going into Tuesday night’s game with New Jersey, it had been a frustrating, more than a month-long goal-scoring drought. On Tuesday night he was able to quench his thirst a bit by scoring the game-winning goal with less than six minutes left in the game, as the locals posted a 5-3 win over the Devils. While extending their win-streak to three, it was promising to see Boston continue to display their strong 5-on-5 efforts, along with some much-needed secondary scoring, which resulted on even-strength goals from Curtis Lazar (3), Oskar Steen (his first), Trent Frederic (2), and Brandon Carlo scoring the insurance goal just before the final buzzer.
Tonight (Thursday @ 7:00pm)) the Bruins hope to extend their three-game win streak to four, as they host the Minnesota Wild on TD Garden ice. The Wild are in the midst of a two-game losing streak, including their loss to the St. Louis Blues at the recent 2022 Winter Classic. Adding a bit of local flavor, Millis, Mass. native and former Boston College product, 20-year-old Matt Boldy will be in the Minnesota lineup, making his NHL debut. Boldy, a first round Wild selection in 2019 was called up to the big club, as they look to add some energy to their lineup.
Saturday will begin what was originally scheduled to be a three-game road trip that included stops in Tampa, to take on their Atlantic Division rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, currently in first place. The Washington Capitals will provide the competition on Monday night (Jan. 10 @ 7:00pm). The Caps are presently tied with the streaking New York Rangers for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The final stop on the road trip was scheduled for Wednesday (Jan. 12) in Montreal, but the NHL has moved that game out from the Bell Centre, due to the Covid-19 situation, and instead will have Boston’s scheduled March 21 road game from Montreal, played on Garden ice (Jan. 12 @ 7:00pm). Boston’s originally scheduled road game for January 12th in Boston, will be rescheduled and likely played in Canada, if the borders are re-opened. Fans who have purchased tickets to the Bruins-Montreal game on March 21, may use those tickets for the game in Boston on January 12.The Philadelphia Flyers, struggling at press time, having lost their last two, will be on Garden ice, Thursday (Jan. 13 @ 7:00pm).
Bruins to Retire Willie O’Ree’s Number 22 Jersey
The Boston Bruins will honor Willie O’Ree by retiring his number 22 jersey prior to the team’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, January 18. O’Ree will be the 12th player to have his sweater honored by the Boston Bruins in franchise history, joining Lionel Hitchman (#3, 1934), Aubrey V. Clapper (#5, 1947), Edward W. Shore (#2, 1949), Milton C. Schmidt (#15, 1957), Robert G. Orr (#4, 1979), John P. Bucyk (#9, 1980), Philip A. Esposito (#7, 1987), Raymond J. Bourque (#77, 2001), Terence J. O’Reilly (#24, 2002), Cameron M. Neely (#8, 2004) and Richard D. Middleton (#16, 2018). O’Ree became the first Black player to compete in an NHL game when he dressed with the Bruins 64 years prior to the date of his jersey retirement on January 18, 1958, against the Montreal Canadiens. Despite being legally blind in one eye, O’Ree went on to play one more game that season and 43 during the 1960-61 season before being traded to the Canadiens. O’Ree ended his NHL career with four goals and 10 assists. The ProShop will be commemorating Willie O’Ree with limited edition, exclusive #22 merchandise including banner t-shirts, replica banners, pins, hats and more.