The Boston Bruins seem to have found a knack for coming from behind to win games early this season. They defeated the Flyers in two straight games, storming back from behind to win 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday, and 2-1 on Friday. Friday’s win marked the team’s third straight comeback victory and the fourth game in a row that they have come from behind to get at least a point. Their two wins over Philly also helped them extend their point streak to eight games, with their last and only regulation loss of the season coming on January 18th against the New York Islanders.
The Bruins have found their groove early in the season, and are officially the top team in the NHL after last night’s victory. After the team started 1-1-1 in their first three games, only scoring 4 goals, there was a lot of concern around the team’s goal scoring and whether or not they would have the firepower to fight for the top spot in the division. The Bruins seem to have answered any concern about their offensive firepower up to this point as they are getting scoring from the usual suspects, Pastrnak, Bergeron, and Marchand but also good consistent play from Nick Ritchie and timely goals from guys like Craig Smith.
Smith, who was brought in this season to help the depth scoring, has looked good for the better part of the games. The depth scoring was the big concern this season and along with the good play of guys like Smith and Ritchie, it has been decent to this point. The Bruins are still relying on their first line to score at least a goal or two every game though which they have done to their credit, especially with the return of Pastrnak, but it is still a concern for the Bruins. They have now been without Jake DeBrusk and Ondrej Kase for a little while, who weren’t huge factors in the lineup in their first few games, but will hopefully help when they return to full health.
It has been great to see David Pastrnak back in the lineup, as he already has eight points through his first four games. He was the main catalyst of the Bruins comeback on Wednesday when he had three goals and an assist for a spectacular four point night.
Although his presence in the lineup has been a more than welcome sight for the Bruins, they are probably hoping that they won’t have to rely on Pasta to score a hat trick in order for them to win games. Comebacks may be exciting for the fans but if the Bruins find themselves in a dry spell at any point, they won’t be able to afford falling down two or three goals early in games. The Bruins would definitely like to be able to get on the board first more often which would certainly allow them to have a little more room for error in games against good teams like the Flyers.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be a few days until the Bruins take the ice again, as their upcoming two game set against the Buffalo Sabres has been postponed due to the Sabres being shut down for COVID related protocol. We will see the Bruins next on Wednesday night when they will look to extend their point streak to nine games at the famous Madison Square Garden against a young New York Rangers team.
Be sure to check out our social media pages!
Click on the images below to shop for new Bruins gear!