On September 23, 2019, the Boston Bruins suited up for their first home game of the preseason against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The first few minutes were pretty dry. At 3:21, James Van Riemsdyk got called for a delay of game. The B’s were able to get a couple shots off, but it was the usual struggle of keeping the puck in the offensive zone.
At 5:01, Carsen Twarynsk was called for a high stick to Bruins centerman, Charlie Coyle. Once again, the boys could not keep the puck down in the Philly end, causing a break away towards veteran goalie, Tuukka Rask. Philly easily made the kill.
At 9:32, Jeremy Lauko scored his first goal of the preseason! He undressed the defenseman and goaltender, Brian Elliot. The assists were earned by David Backes and Josiah Didier. Though Elliot should never have let that one slip by, it was a well earned goal and really exciting to start off the night with. Things were seeming to look up, until Travis Konecny scored at 12:44. The boys were all over the place in that moment. They should have never let it happen. There wasn’t anything Tuukka could do.
The second period began with several odd man rushes both ways. At 1:03, Brad Marchand tucked one in. The primary assist belonged to David Pastrnak. The two tic-tac-toed it to the finish. It was a beauty.
Some time in the middle of the first period, David Krejci left the ice due to a lower body injury. He clipped his knee on a play and did not return to the game.
The third period did not grant the start we were hoping for with goals scored by Carsen Twarynsk and Connor Bunnaman, both in the first five minutes. Both goals were scored after Tuukka left the net. The Bruins went more than six minutes without a shot on goal. At 18:14, Chris Wagner slipped one by, forcing overtime.
With less than four minutes to go in OT, the Bruins were granted a power play as Kevin Hayes held Charlie Coyle. With 2:25 left, Jake Debrusk snuck the winning goal past the goalie. The Bruins dominated the overtime and earned back their win after a very shaky third period.
It will be very exciting to see where these new guys fit in as the regular season begins. Let’s go B’s! It’s time to play hockey.