In the Boston Bruins first game against the Buffalo Sabres this season, they did not disappoint. A 6-2 win over their rivals in upstate New York, Boston scored six goals in a game for the fourth straight game. Here are my five observations from the victory.
Seguin, Marchand, Offense, Kelly, Miller
Number Five- Chris Kelly
Kelly was wearing the “A” at home for the first time this season with Andrew Ference missing the game with a lower body injury. Kelly scored a goal in this game, and he continued to play fantastic on the defensive side of the ice. Kelly has been one of the Bruins most under rated players since they acquired him, and he has become one of their most reliable players.
Number Four- Brad Marchand
Marchand got off to a slow start this season, seeming like he could not buy a goal. Now he has goals in two straight games, and he and the second line has been the top line on the Boston hockey club. Marchand and Tyler Seguin have shown very good chemistry, and Patrice Bergeron is always a stud on both sides of the puck. But ever since Marchand has picked up his game, so have the Bruins.
Number Three- Ryan Miller/Milan Lucic
The Twitter world exploded after the Lucic hit on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. Lucic was set for a breakaway and lost some control of the puck, and Miller left the net to poke it away. By the time the puck was gone, Lucic could not stop himself and crashed into Miller, who was far outside of the crease at that point. The play was ruled charging, and nothing more came out of it. However, Lucic might be getting a call from Brenden Shanahan.
Number Two- Offensive Explosion
The Bruins now have a combined 30 goals in their last five games, including six goals in each of their last four games. The Bruins are also now a plus-11 in the third period this season, good for tops in the NHL. If their offense can continue this pace, it will easily be the best in the league all season long.
Number One- Tyler Seguin
As one person put it to me tonight, it seems like Seguin has a chance to score a hat trick in almost any game now. He scored his second multi-goal game of the season tonight against Buffalo — his other one the hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs one week ago. It could be argued that Seguin is the best player on the Bruins right now.
On Tuesday night, the Bruins will take on the New Jersey Devils.