The world is a scary place these days. The government has shut down, a “scooter gang” is terrorizing the streets of New York City, Tim Thomas is a Florida Panther and Phil Kessel is the new Tonya Harding (if you don’t know what I’m referring to, ask John Scott). However, a few things are still for certain: it’s October, there are beers in the fridge, Seidenberg signed a four-year extension, and the Bruins’ are back, baby!
The Bruins proved during their 90th year season opener that they are a stronger, more efficient and physical team. The Bruins showed some areas of weakness but we can’t get too hard on the boys especially when there was no shortage of physicality with seven hits from Iginla and Lucic alone. Naturally, Tuukka was a brick wall in front of the net with several big saves against Atlantic Division rivals Tampa Bay.
The Bruins drew first blood against Tampa when Kelly scored on a short-handed, back-handed penalty shot after a hooking call against Tampa. Kelly was clearly watching The Might Ducks during the off season because his moves were very similar to that of Charlie Conway’s. Kelly undressed Swedish goaltender Lindbäck with a well-executed pump fake that certainly caught B’s fans attention. If you weren’t impressed by Kelly last year, you definitely are now after last night’s spectacle. The Bruins were less successful on their first power play of the season despite their different approach. With some tweaking, I’m confident the Bruins’ will find themselves more productive.
For those of you who need a refresher of The Mighty Ducks:
The debut of the new age “Bash Brothers” was nothing short of amazing. Clearly, I’m obsessed with comparing this team to The Mighty Ducks trilogy, there are some things that are just undeniable, The Mighty Ducks trilogy being the best movies of all time and the Boston Bruins being the best NHL team of all time. Milan Lucic and future Hall of Famer Jarome Iginla took the stage and let their presence be known. There was no shortage of physicality out of those two heavy hitters. Lucic welcomed newbie Tampa Bay defenseman Schuster with a strong check into the Bruins’ bench. Hey, someone had to welcome the new guy.
By the end of the first period, the 2011 Stanley Cup Champs were up by one but simply out shot by the Lightening 15 shots to 6.
The second period started without a hitch, oh wait, Jordan Caron was robbed of a topside goal based on a debatable quick whistle from the linesman. Tampa’s Radko Gudas was out to make a name for himself as a physical player and found himself in a scuffle with Iginla. If I had DVR and could have watched this match up over and over again, I would have. Iginla proved his worth to any skeptical fan in the Garden last night when he earned his first five minute fighting major in his Black and Gold sweater. Despite momentum attempts by Iginla, Tampa tied it up halfway through the period.
Similar to the first period, the Bruins found themselves out shot but not out chanced by the Lightening offensive lines. Tampa lead the scoreboard with 21 shots to the B’s 10. Lucic capitalized on a Tampa turnover and insured a 2-1 lead 19 minutes into the second.
Assistant Captain Patrice Bergeron sealed the Bruin’s victorious fate with the second shorthanded goal of the night. The undeniable speed of newcomer Torey Krug helped Bergy capitalize on his opportunity. The third period was packed with a stronger offensive presence from our beloved B’s. Rask rounded up the night with 28 saves, one of which was an undeniable save against Tampa’s finest offensive pair, Malone and St. Louis, in the third.
The season opener is in the books and the Bruin’s 2013-2014 season is officially in full swing. The Bruins face the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at 7:00 PM.