The best revenge is a victory. After the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Boston Bruins a little over a week ago, their first regulation loss, Boston went into Buffalo to pick up a 3-1 win where John Scott saw five minutes of ice time. Here are my five observations.
Number Five: Krejci the Passer
This doesn’t have to do a lot with the game, but how David Krejci like of it was Krejci to pass to Milan Lucic for the empty net goal? Krejci is one of the most unselfish players in the game, but that was an empty net goal. Imagine if that jumped over Lucic’s stick and they didn’t score and then Buffalo got a transition chance.
Number Four: Silent K, Win Anyways?
It’s not Two Us Two Ks Two Points, but Anton Khudobin has been excellent for the Bruins when he has been called upon. In Buffalo he made several terrific saves to keep the game 0-0 when they needed it, and he withstood late pressure from the Sabres when they were behind.
Number Three: Marchand
Brad Marchand is really becoming a terrific player with the Bruins. We all talk about his role, how he works with Patrice Bergeron, but really he has been excellent to start this season. A quick wrist shot from the dot scored a goal off Ryan Miller in this game, and that was a shot only a very good player could get in.
Number Two: Fighting with Kaleta
Patrick Kaleta has been an enemy of the Bruins for years, but he needs credit for taking the challenge from Gregory Campbell. Kaleta’s hit on Dennis Seidenberg wasn’t horrible but Campbell took it upon himself to challenge Kaleta, who had no choice but to fight. He beat Campbell and answered the bell. He deserves credit for that.
Number One: Best Start Ever
The Bruins are now 8-1-1 to start the season which is the best ten game start in franchise history. If there was ever a season for this, a lockout shortened one is good. Early season points will be vital.