The Boston Bruins are one of the most historic franchises in pro sports. They have been a team loaded with legendary players no matter what the era is. Whenever someone puts on that sweater with the spoked B on it, they know it is special.
On Wednesday night ahead of their opener, they honored what was the first 100 years of their franchise. This is their centennial season and the party has already begun. They are going to honor different eras all throughout the year.
Before this opener, they brought out some of the greatest players to ever wear the jersey. We’re talking about David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask, Raymond Bourque, and Bobby Orr to name a few.
With those guys and the current Bruins on the ice, it is the greatest collection of Bruins players ever in one setting. It was a truly glorious moment in history to witness as a hockey fan.
The Boston Bruins did a great job honoring the players of the past and present.
The aforementioned current Bruins did their job as well. They faced a little bit of adversity early as Connor Bedard’s first career NHL goal put the Chicago Blackhawks up 1-0 early. Oddly enough, it was assisted by two former Bruins in Taylor Hall and Ryan Donato.
From there, however, the Bruins took over. Once the game was tied up at one thanks to a goal from Trent Frederic, the Bruins felt like they were going to win as they had the better of the play. David Pastrnak eventually gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead and they would end up holding it.
Pastrnak also threw one into the empty net so the final score ended up being 3-1. That is the best possible way to follow up on what was such a good ceremony in Boston.
With the retirement of Bergeron and Krejci, the Bruins are a little bit thin down the middle. That is going to make scoring goals in bunches pretty hard but they have the players that can help them win in different ways.
These tight games are going to need to become comfortable for them as the season moves along. With guys like David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand able to score a lot, the defense and goaltending need to be amazing while the depth provides a little bit of offense.
Don’t be surprised if the Bruins win between 45 and 50 games playing just like that. It was a memorable night in Boston. With the first win out of the way, now they can worry about playing good hockey at a high level as they did last year.