A three-day break from hockey can seem like an eternity, even if the break allowed you to enjoy some valuable time with friends and family. If so, Friday’s lengthy slate of games was a welcome sight.
Another game, another pair of goals for Patrice Bergeron. The Boston center now has two goals in each of his last three games to give him 17 goals on the season. He’s on a point-per-game pace yet again this season, and at age 34 appears to be that fine wine that is getting better with age. Bergeron wasn’t a point-per-game player during any season in his 20s, but since the 2017-18 season Bergeron has 176 points over his last 159 games.
Jaroslav Halak stopped all 26 shots he faced in earning the shutout, which is the 50th of his career.
With no Torey Krug or Charlie McAvoy on Friday, Matt Grzelcyk led the first-unit power play for the Bruins. Brandon Carlo also led all Boston defenders with 26 minutes of icetime. Both Grzelcyk and Carlo took five shots on goal. Krug will be out until at least next week, while McAvoy is day-to-day.
Jeff Skinner left Friday’s game after colliding with David Pastrnak during the third period. Following the game, the Sabres did not provide an update on his status.
Cale Makar returned to the Avalanche lineup on Friday, recording an assist in 23 minutes of icetime. Get the rookie defenseman back in your lineup, as he has been scoring at a near point-per-game pace (29 points in 30 games).
I guess Nazem Kadri is receiving reputation calls. He totaled 12 PIM with the minor penalty plus the game misconduct for arguing the call.