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The Bruins were able to score in bunches Wednesday night, helping them put up six goals against both Ondrej Pavelec and Johan Hedberg, topping the Thrashers 6-4 at TD Garden. The win extends the B’s current win streak over Atlanta to eight games, dating back to the ’07-’08 season.
Marc Savard got the scoring going midway through the first period, going top-shelf over Ondrej Pavelec on the power play. Less than a minute later, Daniel Paille took a sweet Mark Recchi feed and put it past Pavelec for a quick 2-0 advantage. The B’s weren’t done though, as 20 seconds later Vladimir Sobotka tipped the puck past Pavelec, chasing the Atlanta goalie before the first intermission.
Atlanta didn’t go down without a fight though. The Thrashers rallied for two scores of their own before the first period’s end, with goals by Brian Little and Maxim Afinogenov. All of a sudden, Boston’s big scoring outburst was down to just a one-goal advantage after the first 20 minutes.
The B’s were able to give themselves a two-goal cushion again early in the second frame when captain Zdeno Chara made up for some defensive mistakes in the first with a 5-on-3 goal past Atlanta’s second goalie of the night, Johan Hedberg. It would be the only goal by either team in the middle period.
The third period saw each team light the lamp twice, with Michael Ryder first extending the Bruins’ lead to 5-2 with another 5-on-3 goal for Boston. After an 0-for-13 streak on the man-advantage, Boston was able to pot three power play goals on the night, capitalizing on Atlanta’s sloppy play. The Thrashers closed the gap with a pair of goals from Evander Kane and the great Ilya Kovalchuk, but an empty-netter in the final minute from Patrice Bergeron sealed the deal, giving Boston their second win in a row.
Boston will enjoy a three-day break over the holiday before opening up a short two-game road trip to the Sunshine State for a pair of back-to-back games with Florida and Tampa Bay beginning Sunday evening.