A mere 101 days after losing in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Boston Bruins laced up their skates and prepared to begin the 2013-14 NHL season. The new look Bruins took a page from David Bowe’s book and made some changes this off season. The largest modification came on the Fourth of July, when the black and gold traded Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, and a couple prospects.
Free agency saw top line winger Nathan Horton depart for Columbus and veteran defenseman Andrew Ference sign with the Edmonton Oilers. They Bruins, trying to fill the void left by Horton, signed future hall of famer, Jarome Iginla who had snubbed the Bruins this past trade deadline when he opted to go to Pittsburgh instead of Boston.
The first regular game of the season saw Boston face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden. Despite the new additions, it was the familiar faces that lit the lamp for the Bruins. Alternate captain Chris Kelly started the scoring with a highlight real shorthanded penalty shot goal. Milan Lucic would give the Bruins a 2 to 1 lead with just one minute remaining in the second period when he snapped a shot past Tampa Bay goalie Anders Lindback. Patrice Bergeron would add an insurance goal in the third period when he scored a shorthanded goal on a wrist shot that trickled past Lindback and cemented the Bruins 3-1 victory.
The Bruins will take on their new Atlantic Division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings, on Saturday at the TD Garden.