A great win for the boy in the black and gold last night. I think after how our home record was last year (one of the worst in the league) and how we started off our season last year (v bad), I think everyone was a little bit nervous about this game. They kicked off the game with a great ceremonial puck drop with legends Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt which was a great way to kick off the season in the Garden.
This game was pretty back and forth with neither team being able to put the puck in the net through 2 periods. Which is not that surprising when you have a great goalie show down between Tuukka Rask and Cory Schneider. Both goalies played really well and the scoreboard showed it.
Once again it was the Bruins 1st line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak doing all of the heavy lifting for the B’s scoring both of their goals. Marchand has been on an absolute TEAR since the start of the World Cup and has not slowed down in the slightest. Marchy after last night has 3 genos and 2 apples with a league leading 9 points. That goal last night that he scored might be one of the best shots I have ever seen. Just a true goal scorer’s goal.
Shoots it between the leg of the Defensemen and bar down far side. Just a perfect shot. Of course when he was asked about it he says he was trying to shoot between his legs but wasn’t aiming. The good ones don’t need to aim.
Also welcome back Patrice Bergeron! I think it goes without saying that the Bruins missed him dearly. Bergy is one of the best Centers in the league and only makes this 1st line more dangerous. Obviously his connection with Marchy makes these two one of the best combos in the entire league. With Pastrnak poised to have a break out season, it will be interesting if he will be able to gel with them. Pasta already looks great and I believe it will only get better from here. Pastrnak set up Bergys game winning goal by doing something we are not used to seeing him do by going into the corner and winning a 1 on 1 battle and get the puck to Marchand. Marchand curls around the net and probably knew Bergeron was going to be there without even having to look.
While it is nice to see our 1st line producing at such a high level, it would be nice if the other lines chipped in a bit. Krejci has been struggling but I am hoping that playing with David Backes will help him out. Krejci has historically played better with a big power forward on his wing and Backes should fill that roll perfectly.
Don’t even get me started about the bottom 2 lines. I hate how Claude is so fucking stupid when it comes to line up decisions. Yesterday we had Austin Czarnik sent back down to Providence and we had Ryan Spooner up in the press box as a healthy scratch. Both young guys who are no brainer 3rd line Centers. However, they had Riley Nash playing which makes 0 sense. PLAY THE YOUNG KIDS THAT HAVE TALENT! How hard is it to figure this out?! Like I truly can believe that Danton Heinen has been playing on the Krejci line and has gotten power play minutes. Someone might want to check with Claude to make sure he doesn’t think that Heinen is actually Chris Kelly or someone else.
They keep saying they want to develop the young talent that they have building up, but when push comes to shove, they boot out the young kids and put in guys like Nash and Dominic Moore who are decent players, but not good players. Claude loves going to guys who are not the future or the present. Guys who won’t fuck up in the defensive zone, but can’t put the puck in the back of the net. I truly don’t understand it.
While Claude might not be doing so hot on developing young Forwards, I have been pleasantly surprised in our young Defensemen. Brandon Carlo looks like a stud. He fits in perfectly out there and even as a 19 year old, this game doesn’t seem to big for him. Last night we saw the first of Joe Morrow this season and I liked what I saw. He was throwing the body around and being really aggressive. And with a guy like Adam McQuaid out right now, that is exactly what I wanna see out of Joe.
The Bruins played a complete game last night all around and the score board reflected that. Even I someone who didn’t have a lot of faith in this team to start off the season am excited. In the age of the salary cap you must have top end talent that is performing at a high level and you must have young players with a low cap hit that have high potential that develop into dependable players. Look at the Blackhawks, that is how they have built their dynasty. And so far I think that the Bruins are in the right direction to copy that blueprint. They need their top end guys to perform and their young guys to develop. It was a great win last night with more to come. Someone hit the music!