May 18, 2024

Bruins

Matt Poitras scored each of his objectives in a span of three:49 within the third interval.

Matthew Poitras has now scored three factors in his first 5 video games within the NHL. (AP Picture/Ryan Solar)

Matthew Poitras lastly lit the lamp.

Not solely did the 19-year-old Bruins rookie middle rating his first profession NHL purpose throughout Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Geese — he additionally recorded the primary multi-goal recreation of his promising younger profession by potting one other puck previous Anaheim’s John Gibson simply 3:49 after his first purpose.

Poitras’ breakthrough efficiency got here at an ideal time for the Bruins, who have been trailing 1-0 halfway via the third interval at Honda Middle in what was a sluggish displaying from Jim Montgomery’s membership.

Simply 1:24 after Anaheim opened the scoring with a purpose from Mason McTavish, Poitras discovered twine off of a rush sequence along with his linemate, Morgan Geekie.

After breaking into the offensive zone, Geekie dished a backhand feed to the trailing Poitras, who tapped it residence from the low slot for the equalizer.

“Geeks made that play twice,” Poitras stated postgame throughout his interview with NESN’s Adam Pellerin. “The primary time, I simply missed it far proper and I assumed if he gave me one other one, I’m gonna put it at the back of the online. So form of put my stick in there and I obtained a fortunate bounce off the goalie’s arm, I feel, and it went in.”

The younger pivot was removed from completed. 

On simply his second shift after tying issues up, Poitras gave his crew the lead — knocking residence a rebound off an preliminary shot from Jake DeBrusk.

Poitras completed with 15:06 of ice time within the win, with the poised playmaker practically including one other level off of a slick feed to Kevin Shattenkirk within the second interval.

“I feel for me, it’s simply constructing confidence and figuring out I’m the kind of participant who desires to carry on to pucks and make performs,” Poitras stated. “I feel a part of my recreation is simply having the ability to defend the puck properly and when the crew’s form of enjoying man-on-man, I love to do some reduce backs and attempt to make some performs. I’m a playmaker. Simply constructing confidence each recreation.”

As soon as considered as a longshot to make the NHL roster given each his age and lack of expertise, Poitras beat the chances and carved out a spot within the NHL ranks after posting 5 factors in 5 preseason outings.

Regardless that Poitras broke camp with the Bruins, Boston nonetheless had 9 video games to determine whether or not or to not preserve him up with the NHL ranks (and burn the primary yr of his entry-level contract) or ship him again to the OHL’s Guelph Storm.

With Poitras now as much as three factors (two objectives, one assists) and showcasing some spectacular chemistry with Geekie, it doesn’t seem like the 2022 second-round decide has to stress about packing his luggage for one more trek up north any time quickly.