Oh, you thought the Boston Bruins were going to be terrible this year. Right? Yeah, that was a lot of lying that people were doing during the off-season because of the fact that they lost Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
The greatest team of all time isn’t going to start being a bad team because two centers in their late 30s retire. Yes, they were both still elite but even a 40-point drop-off would still have them as a legit playoff threat.
Sometimes, goaltending and defense help you win games. It also helps to still have both Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak in their prime causing chaos. Those two dudes never stop scoring goals and it showed this weekend.
At 5-0-0, they are once again a top NHL team. Everybody should fear playing them as they look to get through this final full week of October with a good start. For the Bruins, it was always about having a good start and keeping it going throughout the year.
The 5-0-0 Boston Bruins are one of the best teams in the NHL once again.
Yes, it is an adjustment seeing them without the two centers that had led the way for the previous two decades. With Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara already retired, we are pretty close to an entirely new era of Boston Bruins hockey.
Speaking of eras, there are a few people in the lineup trying to become one of the top guys of this new era. That player is Matthew Poitras. He was Boston’s second-round pick in 2022 and played his junior hockey with the Guelph Storm.
Now, he has taken this opportunity to start in the NHL and run with it. It is pretty clear that he won’t be going back to Guelph. The Boston Bruins need him and need him badly. He has shown it well over his first five games.
He came into Sunday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks with one assist in his first four career games. Every other stat (and just watching him) already suggested that he more than belongs in the NHL for good.
The Bruins took a 3-1 win over the Ducks to improve to that aforementioned 5-0-0 record which was really cool to see. In the win, Poitras scored the first two goals of his NHL career. The first one tied the game at 1 and the second gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
There is nothing like knocking out your first two in the same game. It will be a moment not soon forgotten by him, his family, or Boston Bruins fans all over the world. He literally saved them from losing to one of the worst teams in the NHL.
The Bruins are making a stop in Illinois on their way home from the California road trip as they will take on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
This will be a duplicate opponent as they have played once before already (the Bruins won on their home opener). Now, the Bruins will hope to see Poitras and the boys get another big win over Connor Bedard’s team.