The Boston Bruins have won three games in a row, and in those games they have outscored opponents 18-5. They have scored five goals or more in those games, and they scored six to defeat the New York Islanders. Here are my five observations from a win at the TD Garden.
Number Five- Daniel Paille
Scary news came from this game, as Daniel Paille had to leave the game in the third period after being hit in the face with a puck on a slap shot. Paille was bleeding and crumbled in the corner of the ice when a ref went to help him. Then he was helped off the ice by the team trainers and some players, and did not see the ice again. It remains to be seen whether Paille will play on Thursday when the Bruins play the Edmonton Oilers. Rich Peverley already missed this game.
Number Four- Benoit Pouliot and the Third Line
On a night where Peverley was out, the third line stepped up to play a pretty good game. Center Chris Kelly was a stud in the penalty kill, while Jordan Caron did a good job in puck battles along the boards. But it was Benoit Pouliot who scored his first goal as a Boston Bruin, and the first goal of the game. Pouliot charged towards the net and got into the dirty areas, something the Bruins want to see a lot more from him.
Number Three- Tyler Seguin
Is it every night that Seguin has been on this list? It really feels like it, and why not? Seguin, with eight goals now, has been arguably the best player on the Bruins so far this season. He scored another goal tonight, a beautiful feed behind the net leading to the easy goal past Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. He and Bergeron, along with linemate Brad Marchand, have shown instant chemistry.
Number Two- Power Play
As amazing as it is to say, the Boston Bruins power play actually… has looked good. Ever since their debacle start to the season, the last three games have shown that the power play can actually be half way decent. It struck again tonight when Nathan Horton sniped one into the net, past Nabokov. Something to watch as the season progresses; The Bruins might have a power play.
Number One- Top Line
After some line shuffling, the Bruins seem to have found the perfect line combos. And they are the same exact lines as we saw before. The first line is as electric as we expected, with Nathan Horton scoring two goals, and individual goals from Milan Lucic and David Krejci. If the top line can play like they played tonight, it can be a real line for Boston.
The Bruins return on Thursday night when the host the Western Conference leading Edmonton Oilers.