That’s right the Bruins have started and they have started out on a high note by dominating the Stars in the first period and then held on to that lead the rest of the game with Tuukka in the net. David Krejci didn’t play against the Stars and it showed with Lindholm in the lineup when the second line couldn’t find a way to score.
Debrusk and Kuhlman showed off their speed and talent on the wings by having some sold chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. Meanwhile, the third line looked brilliant with Charlie Coyle, Danton Heinen, and David Backes. Coyle is the one who forced the turnover that lead to Brett Richie’s goal and it was his first in the black and gold. Danton Heinen also scored in this game and that was on the powerplay. The second powerplay unit has looked outstanding and has looked better than the first powerplay unit which is absolutely loaded. This second unit will be getting more time this year and might be a pretty even 1 to 1 minute on the powerplay because of the way Charlie Coyle is playing. When he has the puck it is impossible to get it out of his possession. It’s a good thing Coyle is playing the way he is because when the Bergeron line looks like it has the past two games it’s nice to know that the third line can pick up some of the slack. It should be exciting to see how he translates it into a full season with the Bruins.
Rask weathered the storm and kept the Bruins in the lead the entire game and when they didn’t look all that organized or made early-season mistakes he was there to keep their head above the water and earn the W on road. Rask ended this game with 28 saves but had a huge third period with 16 saves and protected the lead in Dallas.
The Bruins also had a game Saturday night against a Coyotes team that is young and is hungry for some success. The Bruins didn’t play their best hockey but their “backup” goaltender Jaroslav Halak played one hell of a game stopping all 35 shots to get the win 1-0. Halak was saving 2-1 opportunities against talent like Phill Kessel and Clayton Keller. He stood on his head and it was just enough to get them out of Arizona with the win. Halak looks locked in and it’s great to see because if Tuukka pulls his October slump they have a reliable goalie to put in between the pipes. One thing I noticed was David Backes was the healthy scratch in this game with David Krejci being healthy and Par Lindholm being on the fourth line. Lindholm has underwhelmed so far while Backes looked kinda revived against the Stars. We should see Backes back in the lineup with Lindholm scratched but we’ll see what Cassidy decides.
The first line got it going against the Coyotes by dominating the first period and tallied their first points with a solid pass from Bergeron and Marchand sniped it past Kuemper for the game-winning goal. This was clearly not the best game for the B’s offensively but with Halak putting a shutout on the board the B’s start 2-0.
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