Bruins fans couldn't be happier with the start to this season. While it's still early, any fears of rust from the lockout have been put to rest.
Opening Night was supposed to be a matchup of two of the Eastern Conferences top teams. Instead the Bruins made easy work of the Rangers. The Bruins outshot the Rangers 34-21 and prevented the Rangers from really challenging Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins struck first. With just over five minutes left in the first Milan Lucic picked up a rebound from a long David Krejci shot and deposited it behind Henrik Lundqvist. Lucic had been criticized for being out of shape, but those were silenced. Whatever rust that he showed against Providence was gone. Lucic was throwing his body around and causing havoc all over the ice.
Daniel Paille made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second. He redirected a Gregory Campbell shot and it trickled between Lundqvist's pads and just made it across the goal line. Brad Richards cut the lead in half for the Rangers before the second was over.
The Rangers had a chance to get back into the game with an extended 5-on-3 power play but the Bruins came up big, allowing just two shots. Just minutes after the penalties had expired, Johnny Boychuk made it 3-1 with a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle.
On Monday the Bruins would have a much more difficult time getting the win against the Winnipeg Jets. Chris Thorburn gave the Jets the lead just under two minutes into the game.
But the Bruins would respond before the first period was over. Tyler Seguin rushed down the right wing before sending a pass towards the net that Brad Marchand was able to deflect into the goal. That would be all the scoring until the shootout. Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored in the shootout to secure the win.
It's a good start to a shortened season where a slow start could doom good teams. It has helped that these Bruins had 12 players overseas during the lockout and Dougie Hamilton (OHL) and Chris Bourque (AHL) both played in other leagues. As of writing, the Bruins are one of just four teams to start the season 2-0.
The Bruins will continue to be tested as they face the Rangers again on Wednesday.
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