With a win at home against the Avalanche, the Boston Bruins move to 10-6 and second place in the Atlantic Division. Goaltender Tuukka Rask continues to shine in the 2-0 shutout stopping all 20 shots he faced. David Krejci had a part in both goals scoring in the first period and getting the assist on Dominic Moore’s empty net goal that sealed the game.
The story so far this season has been the excellence from Tuukka Rask. He ranks third in the league with a .945 save percentage, and is tied for the league lead with 10 wins in his 11 starts so far this season.
The goal by David Krejci at 9:30 of the first period was exactly the type of passing that Bruins fans expect from the Spooner, Backes, and Krejci line. Four different Bruins touched the puck making one touch passes in a textbook neutral zone regroup which eventually found Krejci busting into the offensive zone with speed, splitting two Avalanche players, before beating goaltender Semyon Varlamov with a snap shot low to the blocker side.
Those who watched the game could attest to the degree in which Bruins outplayed the Avalanche much more than the score suggests. While only beating Varamov one time, (the second goal in the 2-0 win was an empty net with 30 seconds left in the game) the Bruins generated 46 shots, a season high, while only allowing 20. The Bruins also only committed three giveaways to Colorado’s 11.
David Backes has also been showing his potential as a two-way forward playing on the right wing with David Krejci and Ryan Spooner. He has nine points in 11 games this season and is second of all forwards with a +9 rating.
The B’s continue to look weak on the back end despite the shutout and incredible play from Tuukka. However, among the group, Brandon Carlo continues to exceed expectations as a second round draft pick in 2015. Arguably the most dependable defenseman on the team, he has earned his way to averaging 22 minutes of time on ice per game. That is just a few seconds behind the team leader, and his defensive partner, Zdeno Chara. Carlo will make his career in the defensive zone, but is showing he also has some offensive talent leading Bruins defensemen in both goals and points with two and four respectively.
While held without a point Sunday night in Colorado, line mates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are proving to be some of the most dynamic young forwards in the NHL so far this season. Marchand is tied for 8th in the league with 11 assists, and at just 20 years of age Pastrnak is second in the league with 10 goals so far this season. Look for many more goals to come when these two are on the ice this season.
The win over Colorado continued the Bruins strong start to the season lead by young scoring and one of the hottest goaltenders in the league. Look for them to remain toward the top of the standings as the season continues.