We have learned two things through four games this season with the Boston Bruins. First thing is that they like to play from behind. In each of their four contests they have played from behind in. And the second thing is that they are undefeated with Patrice Bergeron in the lineup. The Bruins are 1-0 with Bergeron in the lineup thus far this season, with number 37 scoring the game winner in his first game back for his “lower body injury. The B’s looked pretty darn good last night against the pesky New Jersey Devils. So lets here we go, time for a recap.
Through two periods, we had an old time hockey game with no score. The best chance was likely the back door feed to Taylor Hall. All Hall needed to do was bear down on his stick and he has a tap in. But he didn’t, and his tap in went wide, Zdeno Chara was coming in hot but that is a goal Hall HAS to have. The B’s best early chance came on the power play, when Patrice Bergeron walked in from the wing and clanged one off the pipe. A tough break for the Bruins in the second that could have majorly swung momentum in Boston’s favor.
The Bruins went down 1-0 early in the third stanza after a Power-Play goal by Devils forward Kyle Palmeri. Palmeri was a 30 goal scorer last season for New Jersey, and with the addition of Taylor Hall, Palmeri will have to be a force on the opposite side of Hall on the top line. Palmeri’s goal to break the ice came about 4 minutes into the third, and was redirected by Bruin’s rookie d-man Brandon Carlo.
Brad Marchand got the Bruins on the board half way through the third on a superstar style coast to coast like play. Marchand carried the puck into the New Jersey zone, took a shot through a Devil’s d-man’s legs and the shot went upstairs on Cory Schneider. Marchand continues to be one of the best players on the Bruins. 63 is second on the team with 3 goals and leads the team with 9 points(Pastrnak also with 9). Who assisted on the goal? Well that would be the young stud David Pastrnak. Pastrnak tapped a pass to set up the whole play for Marchand, I really love watching these two on the same line. Lets hope Julien doesn’t take Pasta off this line.
Then in his first tilt of the season, Patrice Bergeron nets his first goal of the season, and its of the clutch variety. Brad Marchand found Patrice Bergeron in the high slot to give the Bruins the ultimate game winner. Marchand gets his league high tying 6th assist, I will say it again Marchand is a superstar. But the goal came from the stick from Bergeron, who will score probably 25 more of these style goals this season. This style of goal is the equivalent to the Ovi face-off circle one-timer, Bergeron has wrote the book on scoring these types of goals.
Tuukka Rask improves to 3-o on this young season. There was a scary moment in the second when he was seen grimacing after making a stop. Jack Edwards had said it looked like he fell funky on his knee. I’m no doctor and I will never be a doctor, but a goalie having a knee injury is never good. That is something we will all have to watch going forward.
I still look for more out of Danton Heinen. Heinen was thrown on the power play and looked alright. But I feel like he lacks the killer instinct that some young rookies have. I could see Julien sitting Heinen on Saturday night for Ryan Spooner. This kid will most likely go down to Providence when Frank Vatrano comes back. But for now, I just want to see more out of him, he needs to really harness the fact that he’s playing with David Krecji. Krecji is one of the best passers in the game, and if you cannot figure it out playing with him, then in my opinion you shouldn’t be in the league.
We get the newest chapter in the Bruins-Habs rivalry. Just writing Habs makes me mad, I have a strong disdain for that team. We go forward in the rivalry without old foe PK Subban. I for one am glad hes in Nashville, why you ask? I like Subban and I can finally admit that, thank god I was able to get that out. Shea Weber takes his spot, and he is a guy I have never liked. So the hate can be transferred.
So until next week Bruins fans. B’s in 1.