After a somewhat disappointing three game road trip to start the season, the Bruins came home looking for better luck than they had found in New Jersey and New York. After scoring just four goals in three games, they were in dire need of some strong offensive play in their first meeting with Philadelphia this season.
It looked like the Bruins were doomed for more of the same poor play after two periods on Thursday night. Despite outshooting the Flyers 18-11, they were staring down a 2-0 deficit heading into the third period. It was just another two periods where the Bruins had numerous chances that they were unable to capitalize on.
Just as things seemed most bleak, the Bruins stormed out of the locker room with a quick goal from Jack Studnicka, the first of his NHL career. With that goal, the offense seemed to finally wake up. Charlie Coyle scored just a minute later and tied the game. After some back and forth, the game headed to a shootout with a score of 4-4. Jake DeBrusk tucked a beautiful goal over the left shoulder of Carter Hart, and the Bruins got the W.
The offense from the 3rd period carried through to Saturday night as the Bruins looked to sweep the Flyers right out of Boston. It was an offensive onslaught, as the Bruins trounced Philly with a dominant 6-1 win behind two goals from Bergeron and Marchand each, and two goals from the third line.
The offense that the Bruins were lacking in the first three games came largely from the first and third line against Philly, especially in the second game. Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand did exactly what they’re supposed to do and put up four points each in the two game set. They seem to have gotten their groove back in the new season and are performing well despite missing David Pastrnak. They could be even better if Jake DeBrusk could take the next step and provide consistent offense on the first line, but they are staying productive even as he is trying to work his way into feeling more comfortable on the top unit.
Meanwhile, Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith seem to have some legitimate chemistry on the third line. They each had three points this weekend, playing with Anders Bjork on Thursday and Trent Frederic on Saturday. Frederic played exceptionally well with Coyle and Smith after getting the promotion from the fourth line heading into Saturday. He has been a force for the Bruins thus far, playing gritty hockey and getting under opponent’s skin, while still adding skill to the lineup. He has shown potential so far this season that is reminiscent of the style of hockey Brad Marchand plays. Look out for Frederic if he is able to elevate his offensive play because he has many of the intangible qualities that make players successful in the NHL
The Bruins will look to continue their win streak on Tuesday night as they take on Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, who are currently on a winning streak of their own after sweeping the Capitals and taking the first of two games against a young New York Rangers team.
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