Bruins Top Red Wings 4-1
Torey Krug started the night off for the Bruins when he shot a rocket passed Jimmy Howard from the point on the power play. Despite his goals in the postseason last year, this was Krug’s first official regular season NHL goal.
“I didn’t even think about it until Looch [Milan Lucic] looked at me and goes ‘is that your first one? And I was like ‘yeah, I guess.’” Krug said postgame about his first regular season goal.
With about three minutes left in the first, the Bruins broke down defensively which allowed Henrik Zetterberg to easily tie the game.
Early into the second period, Brad Marchand wristed a shot passed Howard’s glove side putting the B’s up 2-1. A few minutes later third liner, Jordan Caron, received a pass from line mate, Riley Smith, and put another past Howard making it a 3-1 lead.
The Red Wings looked haggard when they received a power play. For a team that usually has a powerful PP, this one just looked sad. The Bruins had no problem killing the penalty.
In the third period the Bruins scored a second power play goal (I know I cannot believe it either). Zdeno Chara was given a pass up the slot. With a little bit of pretty stick handling, the captain slid one past Howard making it a 4-1 lead.
With a team as tough as the Red Wings the Bruins did not miss a beat. The third line in particular played a major role in this game.
“Two young guys in [Reilly] Smith and [Jordan] Caron played hard and played well and managed to score a goal as well.” Coach Claude Julien said postgame. “So that’s what I told our guys after the game; I thought every line played well, had their scoring chances.”
Not to mention the Bruins scored twice on the power play. Could it finally be turning around? It looked great all night. However, it is the beginning of the season, and though things are looking up, it is hard not to be skeptical about the success of the power play in the future. Fingers crossed they finally figured it out.
The Bruins will take on the Colorado Avalanche on October 10th at 7 PM at the TD Garden.