After a bounce-back win against the Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Bruins faced the Ottawa Senators today for their home opener today.
Tuukka Rask got the start between the pipes but still didn’t look to have his “A-game.” Luckily for Rask, the team had his back for most of the game. The Bruins came out flying in the first and Bergeron tallied one just 30 seconds into the game. The top line has been the driving force of this team and that trend continued as Bergeron put up another two goals for his fourth career hat trick. David Pastrnak scored twice as well and Brad Marchand tallied his league-leading seventh assist.
Just an average day at the office for 37.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 8, 2018
The Bruins struggled in the second period as they always do, but this time Rask wasn’t there to save them. He let in a couple of soft goals as Ottawa cut the lead twice to just a one-score game. The blame is not entirely on Rask, as the defense looked slow and sloppy in their own end. Turnover after turnover in the neutral and defensive zones ended up costing the Bruins as they headed into the third period.
Other than the top line, there was little offensive production from the others. The first line scored five of the B’s six goals, as Chris Wagner tipped home a Charlie McAvoy shot. Wagner is a grinder on the fourth line, which was the only other line that showed consistency. The second and third lines were non-existent and need to step up their game if this team wants to be a Stanley Cup contender.
In the end, the Bruins got the win 6-3 in their home opener and improved to 2-1. This should be a fun and exciting year as all the kids are a year older and have more experience in this tough league.