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Postgame Hat Trick: Bruins 4, Wild 0

Three first-period goals fuel Boston in win Tuesday at TD Garden

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-0 loss against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday evening:

1. Minnesota finished its road trip with six out of a possible eight points in the bag. 

Considering where the Wild stood a week ago when the trip began and who the Wild was playing on the trip, a 3-1-0 record is not too shabby.

The four-game trip was the longest one remaining on the Wild's schedule for the rest of the regular season ... in fact, Minnesota has just one more trip that goes beyond two games left on its docket -- one that goes from Nashville and continues in Florida during the first week of March. 

For now, the Wild will return to the friendly confines of St. Paul, where it will play five of its next six games at Xcel Energy Center, beginning Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets and Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings.

Following a quick one-game sojourn to Philadelphia next Monday, three more home games follow versus Los Angeles, Anaheim and Columbus.

2. Boston had the deflections going.

Pick a cliche: Get pucks to the net. Go to the dirty areas. Score a greasy goal. They all applied for Boston on this night.

Wild goaltender Alex Stalock was getting his first start in more than a month and didn't have much of a chance on at least three of the four goals he allowed on the night. Danton Heinen's tally 5:23 into the game came off a stick. Jake DeBrusk's came off his chest (more on that below). Patrice Bergeron's came off his skate. 

Any team that gets a bounce or two like that is going to be in pretty good shape. But three bounces like that? Good luck.

3. If you stick around the hockey rink long enough, you're bound to see something you've never witnessed before.

Late in the first period on Monday was one of those times. 

With the Bruins leading 2-0, Bergeron fired a shot from the right point that was headed well wide of the goal. Standing near the right post, DeBrusk appeared to intentionally chest bump the puck past Alex Stalock. 

Countless players have kicked pucks into the net over the years. Andrew Shaw once successfully headbutted a puck into the goal (which got waved off, because you can't do that). 

That was the first time I can recall ever seeing a player chest one into the net. Apparently it's legal, because it was never reviewed and play went on. 

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