The Boston Bruins have now extended their winning streak to four games, improving their overall record to 5-1-1 on the new season after winning their first two matchups against the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. Overall, it was an impressive showing against a team that is always competitive with Sidney Crosby leading the way. The Bruins narrowly escaped with a win on Tuesday night after a dramatic overtime goal from Craig Smith, and then put up a commanding 4-1 win Thursday night.
The Bruins were forced into overtime Tuesday night because they were unable to put the Penguins away in the third period when they had a 2-0 lead. This was a game that the Bruins had control of for the most part, they just let a talented team hang around too long in a game that was too close. It is certainly something that the team could improve on because they will be facing the same teams quite a few times this year. As teams begin to figure out how to play against the Bruins, they will want to take advantage of 2-0 leads and put teams away when they can.
The Bruins have been scoring more consistently in the past week after struggling to score to start the season. They put up seven goals in two games against Pittsburgh which is a good sign that the Bruins are capable of keeping up this consistency after scoring 11 against the Flyers last weekend. An even more positive sign was seeing two goals come from the fourth line of Sean Kuraly, Chris Wagner, and Anders Bjork. Bjork has been playing with an edge the past couple games after there was some uncertainty about whether he would be able to stick on the pro roster. He has looked very good in the past few games and seems to have decent chemistry with Wagner and Kuraly.
Scoring coming from the back end of the offense is especially good news for the Bruins as the injury plague is beginning to affect the team. Jake DeBrusk missed the game Thursday after leaving Tuesday’s game with a lower-body injury and Matt Grzelcyk left Thursday’s game with a lingering lower-body injury. Along with David Pastrnak and Ondrej Kase, the list of injured players is growing and the Bruins depth will be put to the test. We can probably expect to see more of Par Lindholm on offense and Connor Clifton on defense this weekend if DeBrusk and Grzelcyk are unable to be healthy enough for Saturday’s upcoming game against the Washington Capitals.
The Bruins will look to continue their four game winning streak against the Capitals in their next game. The Capitals haven’t lost a game in regulation this season so far, and head into the matchup 5-0-3. Led by Alexander Ovechkin, the Capitals will be sure to challenge the Bruins depth over the next two games, especially with injuries beginning to pile up. If the Bruins can continue to play good team hockey as they did these past two games, they will have a shot to come away with a win or two against the Capitals.
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