Last night the Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 in overtime in some preseason puck. While it was largely an unexcitable game, especially the second period, it had a nice final third period and took only 12 seconds of overtime to finish. Here are the 3 Stars of the game:
1) David Pastrnak – He didn’t exactly look great out of the gate but outside of goaltender Malcolm Subban the whole team was slow to start. Once he got going he was a standout. His no-look backhand goal (see below) was a beauty midway through the 3rd period. Pastrnak’s overtime winner was essentially a layup because of an exceptional pass from David Krejci, but the fact that in years past the Bruins have lacked a lethal finisher it was very nice to see him bury it cleanly. He really could have an explosive season.
2) Frank Vatrano – The rookie keeps plugging along. He put 4 shots on net and logged top player minutes like Pastrnak, Krejci, and Beleskey. He just continues to look like he fits. The speed factor is there and he’s aggressive. The eye test has been passed by Vatrano. Now he’ll just need to hone his game and all the NHL’s little nuances that separate an AHL-er from the big boys. But so far so good.
3) Torey Krug – Nearly 24 minutes on ice, 2 shots, and an assist. He looked like the veteran defenseman he needs to be. He is going up against some rookies but that’s all the more reason to stand out rather than make excuses. What was really nice was his play in getting the puck up the ice. Very nice breakout passes and feeling the forecheck stood out last night.
Extras: Both goalies looked great again. Malcolm Subban in particular was sharp but Zane McIntyre remained impressive. Zachary Senyshyn had a breakaway stopped when the Caps defenseman chasing him down literally bear hugged him to catch him and there was no call. It should have been a penalty shot, or holding at least. It was nice look at his speed the scouts talk about. He’s a few years away from being a Bruins regular.