Boston, MA - The dawn of the 2018-19 Boston Bruins season is almost upon us as the Bruins took the next step towards the end of the off-season with the pre-season kicking off last night against the Calgary Flames. The game took on an even more special meaning due to the fact that the two teams squared off in Shenzhen, China, in an effort to boost the global appeal of the National Hockey League.
The Bruins jumped out to a major lead of 3-0 in the first period. The scoring for the game was kicked off by Trent Frederic and Ryan Donato. Seconds after Donato's goal, he recorded an assist on a goal scored by John Moore. The second period was scoreless, but the first period was rounded out by a goal from Calgary's Sean Monahan on a power play.
The Flames continued to mount a comeback in the third period with two unassisted goals from Mark Giordano, one of which was on a power play.
With the game tied at three, the teams were sent into overtime, where even then they could not settle the score and the game was instead sent into a shootout. Two of Boston's top stars, Jake DeBrusk and Brad Marchand helped carry the Bruins during the shootout to a 4-3 victory over the Flames. It was a thrilling conclusion to a game that would not necessarily be considered one of excitement, especially since it's only the first game of the pre-season!
The Bruins were wildly unsuccessful in terms of power plays and they only half the amount of shots on goals that Calgary had, but there was a lot to be optimistic about in the team's first showing, especially considering Boston's ability to capitalize on momentum that they built.
The Bruins will not continue playing in China during the pre-season as their next game will be back in Boston against the Washington Capitals tomorrow afternoon. They will look to continue rolling against the Flames as the two teams meet again during the pre-season on September 19.