The Boston Bruins had a tough defeat on opening night against the Philadelphia Flyers. They said that they were going to go out there and spoil the night for the Bruins and that is exactly what they did.
Boston drops the opener. The world is over.
Well that is not the case but no one should be content with last year's Stanley Cup Championship. Sure it was a great victory for the city of Boston, but that was then and this is now. A new season is upon us. The black and gold crest stitched onto their sweaters might as well be painted red because they are targets now. The B's should embrace that and come out fighting every game.
They may have failed to do that on opening night but tonight they came out playing like champions. In a rematch from last year's Eastern Conference finals, Boston took on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Boston out-shot the Lightning 15 to 9 in the first period, yet neither team could produce a goal. Instead, both teams took turns alternating three minor penalties each.
Rich Peverley scored two goals for the Bruins in this game. He put Boston on top 1-0 after having the puck bounce right in front of him from a shot by Brad Marchand. Johnny Boychuk also picked up an assist on the play. Tampa Bay tied the game when Martin St. Louis beat his college teammate Tim Thomas on a break away. Ryan Malone and Vincent Lecavalier had the assists.
Daniel Paille put the B's back on top after deflecting a shot by Adam McQuaid into the net. Peverley and David Krejci added to the score sheet in the third period. Boston defeats Tampa Bay by a score of 4-1. Marchand and Tyler Seguin each had two assists. Thomas made 25 saves on 26 shots and recorded a .962 save percentage. Benoit Pouliot made his Bruins debut tonight, racking up two shots on goal and two hits.
The Bruins next game will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the TD Garden as they welcome in the Colorado Avalanche.
Gold Star: Rich Peverley (2 goals, +2 rating, 5 shots on goal)
Black Star: Nathan Horton...For a first-line winger, he was no where to be found tonight. He really did not try to make himself available for David Krejci to get the puck to him.