The best teams in the NHL are the ones with their best players showing up at the most important moments, and the Boston Bruins have consistently been one of those blessed hockey clubs over the last handful of years.
That was the case again on Sunday afternoon in a must-win game for the Bruins when their big guns all showed up, and showed out, in a 4-1 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Charlie Coyle scored a pair of goals while flexing his secondary scoring muscles and rookie Trent Frederic had a nice rebound performance. Charlie McAvoy was at his dominant best throughout the full 60 minutes and the Perfection Line set a distinctive, hard-nosed tone from the very first shift of the game.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand came out flying with a message for the Blueshirts and both star Boston Bruins players drilled pesky Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren after he had teed off physically on David Pastrnak in Friday night’s loss.
Patrice Bergeron with a big hit on Ryan Lindgren. pic.twitter.com/fWLXyNA7yH
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 28, 2021
It was an unmistakable statement to Lindgren that playtime was over, and showing, rather than telling, what they expected to see from everybody else in a Bruins uniform.