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In the second week of this young hockey season the Bruins played 3 games including their home opener. The Bruins went 2-1 beating Winnipeg and New Jersey but lost to their arch rivals the Montreal Canadiens last night. The Bruins received a boost on Thursday as Patrice Bergeron made his season debut and came through in the clutch as always as he scored the goal that gave the Bruins a 2-1 win over the Devils. On Saturday the B’s struggled however as a poor second period doomed them for the rest of the game. Defenseman Torey Krug said, ” we’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead”, Krug is right as having to comeback every game is not a formula for success.
What Went Right: The Bruins got back a critical piece in Bergeron as he returned to the lineup and his place on the first line. As a result David Backes was moved down to the Bruins second line. Tuukka Rask started in net against the Devils and Jets. The Bruins won those games by a score of 2-1 and 4-1. Rask’s play is critical as if he can return to his form of a couple years ago then he may be able to carry this team as the young defenseman develop. Brad Marchand continued his hot start to the season as he had an assist against the Jets and a goal and assist against the Devils. With Bergeron returning from injury the Bruins top line could be one of the most dangerous in the league as the season continues.
What Went Wrong: Even though the Bruins looked good against the Jets and Devils the same cannot be said for their game against the Canadiens. The Bruins missed a couple chances and allowed a shorthanded goal. So far this team has showed its resiliency by coming back from early deficits however that is not a formula that will get them back into the playoffs. They must be more consistent on the defensive end however growing pains are expected this season as the Bruins are counting heavily on their young defenseman to step up.
Highlight: Bergeron returned with a bang on Thursday night. He showed why he was missed so much and came through in the clutch. With him back in the mix this potent Bruins offensive will only improve
Analysis: The Bruins are off to a good start however it is already obvious that improvements defensively will determine how far this team will go. They have the offense and goaltending to compete with any team in the East. Their next game is on Tuesday October 25th against the Wild and look for them to be highly motivated as they are coming of a very disappointing loss.