Bruins young studs fill the stat sheet in season opener as the Bruins win over the reigning western conference champs. A lot of positives to look at in tonights game. McAvoy and Debrusk getting the first goals of their career, Pasta picking up right where he left off last year, and Marchand adding the empty netter for good measure. Without Bergeron, Backes, and Krug in the line up tonight it was absolutely a necessity for these guys to step up to be able to get two points.
Tonight was not only a great night on the ice for the B’s, but it was an even better night for Bruins upper management. Pastrnak, Debrusk, and McAvoy all first round draft picks in the last three years and all goal scorers this evening. With each of these guys under the age of twenty two, it shows a bright and exciting future for this team. Also tonight Anders Bjork made his anticipated Bruins debut with an assist, over sixteen minutes of time on ice, and ended a plus two; a solid night for the kid all around. The only point of concern that has carried over from the preseason is Bjorks unwillingness to shoot the puck when he has the chance. He is an unselfish player to almost a fault. Playing with Bergeron and Marchand this year he will have plenty of chances to score, he just needs to prove a willingness to want to finish them off.
The star of the Night was Charlie McAvoy, he was awesome; plain and simple. With a goal, an assist, twenty two minutes of ice time, and a plus two he was Erik Karlsson-esque. If he can keep this up at even half of the pace he set tonight he will be an instant top two defensman for the Bruins and a Calder trophy candidate. He is everything this defense group needs and more for them to stay in the playoff conversation come April.
The Bruins looked great tonight and there is a lot of excitement for this team moving forward but the Bruins committed a cardinal sin on opening night, twice. Two goals were let up in the final minute of the first and third periods and all three of Nashville’s goals were scored in the final 120 seconds of the period. This is something that hurt the Bruins last year and something they need to address moving forward. Finish periods strong because late goals in periods can switch momentum in games big time and with a lot of young guys in the line up it will be hard for them to deal with momentum swings like that especially on the road.
Either way the pro’s outweighed the con’s tonight at TD Garden in an opening night win and the future is very bright for these young Bruins.