Loui Eriksson Scored His Third Career Hattrick As The Bruins Beat Minnesota 4-2 At The TD Garden Thursday Night.
By: Mike Grinnell
Loui Eriksson has been arguably the best player on the Bruins this season, and he showed that Thursday night. Eriksson netted his 3rd career hattrick and led the way for the Bruins in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild at the TD Garden.
“Definitely need to start winning at home and I thought we had a pretty good game tonight.” Eriksson said after Thursday night’s win. “We had a lot of shots and we created a lot of chances, so it’s definitely nice to get the win and of course to get a hat trick, it’s a long time ago. So it’s nice.”
With 9 goals on the year, Eriksson is on pace for his best season as a Bruins and finally starting to look like the 30-goal-scorer the Bruins traded for 3 years ago.
“The first year I got that concussion so that was not the best timing there on that first year.” Eriksson told reporters. “And last year I felt more comfortable. I felt really good last year, so I was just trying to build on it and try to get better this summer and keep it going here through this season, so it’s been working pretty good.”
The Bruins will have a decision to make in the near future regarding Eriksson. Loui’s contract ends at the end of the season, and is going to be looking for a hefty sum of money, when the trade deadline rolls around, the Bruins need to decide whether or not he is going to be here for the future.
Brad Marchand led off scoring off the Bruins, setting up Brett Connolly in the slot, then following up with the rebound and wrap around goal for the first and only goal of the first period.
Jason Zucker, who needed to be helped off the ice at the end of regulation, put the Wild on the board 5:12 into the second period, to the tie the game at 1-1.
Eriksson netted the next two for the Bruins, scoring one off Jason Pomenville’s skate with Brett Connolly driving hard to the net, and another on the power play, banging home is own rebound.
Jordan Schroeder brought the game within one, deflecting a Ryan Suter shot from the point in to make it 3-2.
Eriksson added his third and final goal, a give and go with David Krejci, 4:14 into the third period to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead.
Frank Vatrano was injured on a hit in the second period and did not return. Vatrano looked to have injured his shoulder and Coach Claude Julien didn’t have much to say on the topic after the game.
“I’m going to tell you the old same line, upper body. It happens.” Julien told reporters after the game I don’t check how severe this and that, and I guess the organization has taken the initiative of releasing more. So you’re not going to get much out of me unfortunately.
Jonas Gustavsson got the start for the Bruins and did not disappoint. Gustavsson made 24 saves on 26 shots to bring the Bruins to 9-8-1 on the year and 2-2-0 on their five game home stand, with one game remaining scheduled for Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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