The Boston Bruins continue their torrid start as they picked up a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night as a part of their Florida road trip. Here are my five observations.
Number Five: Seguin
Tyler Seguin looked better in this game than he had of late, but let’s be honest, the Tampa Bay defense isn’t exactly aggressive or physical. Seguin won a few battles, even on the power play. No matter who he faced, it was good to see a strong game from the third year player.
Number Four: Hamilton
Dougie Hamilton was the man early in the year, a fan favorite and everything, but maybe he’s slowed down of late. He picked up two assists in the win over Tampa Bay and played pretty well defensively against a tough Tampa offense.
Number Three: Offense
The offense looked good for the Bruins but let’s not forget how weak that Lightning offense looked to start the game. They allowed way too many shooting lanes and the Bruins made the Lightning defense look like a college team.
Number Two: Rask
Tuukka Rask has been very good all season, but there have been some spurts of softies here and there. Thursday night was one of those games. Rask allowed a very soft goal in the second period that brought the Lightning back within one. He gave up some of these type of goals to Buffalo, too, so it’s something to watch for.
Number One: Horton
Nathan Horton was a huge question mark coming into this season after the concussion, so seeing him score two goals was a great sign. It was good to see him using his body to create space in front of the net and get good shots on goal.