The hockey hangover is over! We no longer have to wait more than three days to watch our favorite pass time for the next eight months! On October 3rd, 2019, the Boston Bruins competed for the first time since the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars.
At 1:09 into the first period, the ex Star, Brett Richie, introduced himself to the organization by scoring his first goal as a Bruin. The assist was awarded to Charlie Coyle. He walked his way into the o-zone and grabbed himself a well-earned goal.
At the 4:23 mark, Alexander Radulov gets called for holding. The boys had a hard time establishing any penetration until Danton Heinen scored a power-play goal at 5:59. Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk earned the assists. Once they were able to get set up, they made some terrific passes.
There were several instances where the Bruin were able to gather up a significant amount of zone time. Passing, for the most part, was crisp and clean. The forecheck was aggressive and efficient during the first period. The chemistry on the ice was noticeable even though it’s a small sample size. The Bruins played fast, and the defensemen carried their weight. Connor Clifton had an active period and stood out among a stellar Bruins defense.
At 17:33, Radek Faksa was whistled for high sticking everybody’s favorite agitator, Brad Marchand. Simultaneously, Blake Comeau took a puck to the face, causing him to leave the ice. The Bruins, being the constant professionals, allowed Dallas to get to the puck and stop the play.
The first power-play unit was trying to force plays and not take shots. The second unit started hot with several chances by Grzelyck. Coyle made a beautiful pass to Heinen, but it was blocked and pushed out of the offensive zone by the veteran goaltender, Ben Bishop.
To wrap up the first period, the Bruins had six shots on goal, a goal on one of the two power plays, and 8:51 of zone time.
The Bruins spent the first two minutes of the second period in their own end until an icing was called at 1:46. The next few minutes were filled with speed and scoring chances by both teams.
Unfortunately, at 12:56, Roman Polak went headfirst into the boards while trying to hit Chris Wagner. Polak was visibly in pain and left the ice on a stretcher. The Bruin took a knee while they waited for the paramedics to aid Polak. Captain, Zdeno Chara, skated over to Polak before he was carried off to wish him the best. The Dallas defenseman had to be rolled out on his stomach because the injury was so severe.
At 7:55, Roope Hintz scored a breakaway goal. The Bruins were conducting a change and had little coverage. The instance should have never occurred, and there was nothing Tuukka Rask could have done to stop it.
At 9:30, Alexander Radulov went to the box again. This time for tripping. Once again, it was the second unit that got things going. They were able to get in and set up and create several opportunities.
Charlie McAvoy was interfered with by Mattias Janmark with 4 minutes to go in the second period. The Bruins experienced a face-off win to start the power play. The power play was short-lived as McAvoy got called for interference at 17:12.
The second period was all over the place for the B’s. They gave up a chance after chance. The Stars went into the intermission with three guys injured.
The Stars were awarded power play at 45 seconds into the third period. Within the first minute of the man advantage, Dallas managed a consecutive 23 seconds of zone time and a shot on goal. Tuukka came up big and was able to stop every puck that came his way in those two minutes.
The next 19 minutes were fast-paced and intense. Both teams had multiple chances to score. Rask made unbelievable saves to keep the Bruins in the lead.
The Bruins closed out the night with a 2-1 win. They recorded 20 shots on goal, 12 hits, and 27 face-off wins. The Stars put up a fight, but it just wasn’t enough. Overall, a successful effort. Richie, Coyle, Clifton, Tuukka, and Carlo played exceptionally well.
I am looking forward to what the Bruins will bring to the ice this season.