The Bruins had every reason to potentially look past the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets at the end of a long week of hockey. But they did no such thing while dominating Columbus en route to a 3-1 victory at TD Garden that pushes them to 9-0-2 in their last 11 games at TD Garden. They haven’t lost in regulation since an ugly defeat to the New Jersey Devils way back on Oct. 26. Milan Lucic scored a pair of goals, collected his first power play tally of the year and traded his first punches of the season in a second period bout with Dalton Prout in a dominating performance for the Bruins power forward. It all started in the first period with Patrice Bergeron collecting a goal in his second straight game with a deep shot just in from the side boards that was obscured by a Loui Eriksson screen in front. Lucic added a power play redirection of a Torey Krug point shot just 22 seconds into a first period PP possession, and the Bruins were off and running against an undermanned Blue Jackets group. Lucic got his second score in the third period when a shot from the slot bounced off Jack Johnson’s skate, and straight up in the air before landing beyond Curtis McElhinney for the insurance marker. Ryan Johansen got a score for the Blue Jackets in the third period to make it respectable for Columbus, but didn’t exactly push Chad Johnson in a 13-save performance for the Black and Gold.
Bruins shed Blue Jackets, 3-1
NBC Sports Boston | Dec 1