Somewhere to assemble on Monday mornings to examine everything Boston Bruins that occurred throughout the previous week, and also preview items for the week ahead. Anticipate these columns on the routine every Monday.
Howdy people, welcome to the very first edition of this Boston Bruins per week preview/review collection. On Monday mornings, this post will replace the normal “Early Morning Ice Time” that you have all come to know and appreciate.
During the season, I’ll be taking a look at the games that the Bruins played in the prior week, and provide a fast preview of the upcoming matches at the upcoming week. Since the season began a couple of days past, the inspection portion will probably be shorter then normal, as Bruins just played one game up to now this year. With the introduction out of the way, let us get it all rolling.
To start up the year the Bruins welcomed the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators into city. This posed quite a tough challenge to start up the year. The Bruins opened up the scoring first following David Pastrnakblasted a shot at Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne about the PP to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
Regrettably seconds before the interval ended the Bruins could not clear the puck following a defensive zone faceoff win, and Viktor Arvidsson set the puck past Tuukka Rask along with also the period ended tied 1-1. The previous second of this period target has nearly turned into a Bruins trademark in the past couple of seasons.
From the 2nd, nearly everything moved the Bruins way. After killing off a few ancient penalties, the Bruins took the lead off a fantastic pass from Anders Bjork, which delivered in Jake Debrusk and using a great finish facing the internet dropped the puck past Rinne. Later in the period, stud prospect Charlie McAvoy, on a counter assault hurry sniped one past Rinne and gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead after two periods. The two goals in the span were first career goals for Debrusk and McAvoy. DeBrusk’s purpose came with a few additional to it too:
The third phase was more of the same. The Bruins controlled a lot of the play however, the scored remained closed at 3-1. Following an overdue Kevan Miller penalty, the Preds chose to pull on Rinne to move 6 on 4. That instantly backfired as Brad Marchand hit the empty net to make it 4-1 Bruins. Then things got weird. Zdeno Chara takes yet another penalty and now they’re down to 6 on 3. And in rapid succession the Preds have two PP goals to make it 4-3 with roughly 1 minute left. However, the Bruins held off the Preds and began off the season with a massive win over an excellent opponent.
Bruins Record: 1-0-0.
The Road Ahead
The Bruins play 4 times this week, all against Western Conference foes. They start the week on Monday afternoon with a Wonderful matinee from the Colorado Avalanche. On Wednesday the Bruins hit the road for the first time this year and weirdly enough, play with the Avs for the next and last time this season. Then They have off days on Thursday and Friday before enjoying Coyotes on Saturday and for the for first time ever, the Bruins play the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.
Not one of the teams that the Bruins are playing this week are seen as playoff contenders, so it appears like a positive week for our hometown team. I really don’t like calling perfect weeks for any staff, but for this week of matches, it’s mighty easy to achieve that. But I’ll stay with my gut and go with all the Bruins completing the week 3-1-0, together with the loss coming Wednesday night into the Avalanche.