Two wins and zero losses can be viewed horizontally beside the Boston Bruins’ title in the Atlantic Division and overall conference.
Kicking off the 2013-14 season, the Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at home on Oct. 3. Speedy and swift forward, Chris Kelley started the scoring on the night, erecting a packed TD Garden, while tallying the first goal of the season and his first penalty shot goal as a Bruin. Late in the second, Milan Lucic ultimately scored the game-winning goal as the Bruins regained the lead 2-1 heading into the third period. About four minutes into the third, Patrice Bergeron sealed the deal with a wicked wrist shot, adding another point to their lead. Bruin goalie, Tuukka Rask faced 33 shots in his effort to hold the Lightning to a minimal amount of goals.
Two days later, at home again, defenseman Torey Krug released a laser from the point, scoring the first goal of the game and his first career regular season goal against the Detroit Red Wings. Following his goal, Henrik Zetterberg, Red Wing all-star, tied the game up at one late in the first period. However, Brad Marchand and Jordan Caron snuck past a goal each to take the lead 3-1 after the second period. The third and final period brought a power-play bullet goal from Chara solidifying a win, 4-1. Facing 26 shots, Rask allowed only one goal his amazing performance.
With an average of only one goal per game, Rask has started off the year incredibly well – redefining the term “stonewall.” 59 shots have been peppered his way in the two games the Bruins have played so far this season. An impressive .966 save percentage sits boldly next to his name on the statistics sheet.
The defense has contributed to the Bruins’ seven goals tremendously. Krug ripped a shot off against the Red Wings on Saturday, sneaking it past the netminder. He helped his team by also assisting on a goal in the Bruins win. A second goal on the night came from the point, by captain Chara. If you combined Krug and Chara together, they amount to three points out of seven goals. Clearly the defense is stepping up their offensive game this season.
The Bruins definitely have shown why they were runner-ups for the Stanley Cup last year, dominating their opposition this season. If Boston can keep up this momentum and can carry it throughout the season and playoffs, they will have a great shot at the Cup again.
Boston continues the season on Oct. 10 at home against the Colorado Avalanche at 7:00 p.m. The first away game comes two days after, on Oct. 12, where the Bruins will travel out to Columbus, Ohio to face off against former-Bruin Nathan Horton and the Blue Jackets at 2:00 p.m.