Boston, MA - With the hubbub of the New England Patriots climbing their way back to an above .500 record, the instigation of the Boston Celtics pre-season, and the torrid post-season campaign of the Boston Red Sox, it can be easy to overlook Boston's professional hockey team, the Boston Bruins.
But since October is the best month of the sports year (all four sports are playing at once), it is the best month of the year for Boston sports, too. And of course, the impact would be lesser if the Bruins weren't out on the ice.
So far, the Bruins reside at second place in the Atlantic Division after a rough season opener that seemed like they would have a lot more work to do to come back from that. They were clobbered by the defending champions, the Washington Capitals, in the opener with a score of 7-0, but they rebounded with less of a headache than one would have expected.
In the second game of the season, the Bruins prevailed over the Buffalo Sabres with a shutout of their own as they blanked Buffalo 4-0. It was a complete one hundred and eighty degree turnaround by goalie Tuukka Rask, but the Bruins will take the quality wins when they can get them. Perhaps the Bruins just caught the Capitals on a momentous evening.
This seemed to have evidence mount when the Bruins won their home opener, as well, against the Ottawa Senators by a score of 6-3, showing that the offense could put some high scoring campaigns together, too.
Next, the Bruins will play tonight at home against the Edmonton Oilers where they will look to advance their 2-1-0 record.
So far, the star of the Bruins season has been Brad Marchand, who leads the team with seven points, all of which have come from assists. Another left winger, David Pastrnak, is in third on the team with a more balanced points total, consisting of three goals and two assists. Center Patrice Bergeron is in second in points on the team with six, four of which came from goals.
It is definitely reassuring that the Bruins were able to shake the 7-0 drubbing so easily!