The Boston Bruins followed up the season opening loss to the Philadelphia Flyers with a commanding victory over their Eastern Conference Finals foe from last season the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the contest 4-1.
The Bruins struggled a little opening night dealing with the added pressure of the banner raising ceremony and Stanley Cup re-celebration.
Saturday night the Bruins were able to get back to what they did so well last season behind solid goal tending from Tim Thomas who stopped 25 out of 26 shots.
After a scoreless first period for both teams, Rich Peverley opened the scoring for the B’s 2:04 into the second period. Just one minute and 16 seconds letter Martin St. Louis was potting the game tying and his 300th career goal off of a Vinny Lecavelier steal from Nathan Horton sending St. Louis off on a break away against Thomas.
Thomas was a Vermont teammate of St. Louis and neither Vermont alum knew the importance of the goal. St. Louis forgot to take the puck and Thomas said after the game to the Associated Press, “”I’m actually happy now,” Thomas said. “I wasn’t happy when he scored.” I’m sure winning 4-1 helped Thomas appreciate what St. Louis accomplished without allowing too much reflection.
98 seconds after St. Louis tied the game Daniel Paille tipped in a shot from Adam McQuaid. Then with 3:07 gone in the third period David Krejci scored on a rebound off a Milan Lucic shot. Patrice Bergeron then dished a nice pass to Rich Peverley across traffic in front of the net with 8:43 gone in the third.
Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin both added two assists in the win Friday night.
The Bruins also had eight penalties called on them Saturday night combined with the five from the Flyers game leaves them with 13 so far through two games. The Bruins play physical hockey but playing smart and physical is the name of the game in the Shanahan era. We as fans have already seen an increase in supplementary discipline for dangerous plays, including the recent two game suspension Pierre-Marc Bouchard for a high stick off the face-off. I’m not saying that any penalties called on the Bruins so far have been reason for suspension, but it does seem that suspensions are far easier earned this year than in years past.
So as Bruins fans, what do you think of their play so far this season? Do the penalties worry you, if not for fear of suspension, for fear of sacrificing too much game time on the penalty kill?
Finally, I think Brad Marchand will have a break out season this year, he again seemed all over the ice Saturday, tallying two assists, being from Chicago I get to watch a great checking center in Dave Bolland, Marchand and Bolland seem to carry a lot of the same type of play into their game, annoying and frustrating the opponent until they can impose their will.
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