Well, the Bruins dropped the home opener to the Winnipeg Jets tonight 6-2 in the most horrific way possible. Just happily handing out free goals like cookies at a blood drive. So let’s cut to the chase:
First period the Bruins dominated. I mean dominated. Should have popped at least two goals but only carved out a 1-0 lead. If only the Bruins could acquire a player like David Pastrnak for their power play (more on that later). Second period was atrocious. Matt Irwin gift wrapped a goal for Winnipeg, then was lost on another. Mix that in with a bad transition by Bruins forwards and their down 3-1. Pastrnak scored a beauty early in the 3rd to cut the lead to one, but then Boston put two goals in their own net. Krejci poked one by Tuukka and another went off a Krug skate. 6-2 Winnipeg pump show. Here are the games 3 Stars:
3rd Star – David Pastrnak
Pastrnak really stood out tonight. Every time he has the puck he can create something even though he’s not a physically imposing player. No question he was the lone star for Boston tonight, with David Krejci right behind him. Pastrnak scored an unreal wrister top shelf to kick off the 3rd period and created David Krejci’s goal with a heady forecheck. His upside continues to show itself and its only a matter of time before he really grows into a top end talent.
2nd Star – Ondrej Pavelec
Pavelec was great tonight. Only allowed 2 goals on 31 shots and really kept Winnipeg in it early in the game before the wheels completely fell off for Boston. He was especially sharp when the Bruins had the man advantage. Michael Hutchinson pushed hard last season for the starting job in Winnipeg but Pavelec showed tonight why he’s a true number one goalie.
1st Star – Drew Stafford
1 goal, 1 assist, 4 shots on net and a defenseman like 20 minutes of ice time. Guy was a beast. Last season when Winnipeg acquired him in the Evander Kane trade they made it clear to him he wasn’t a rental. They re-signed him in the summer and he proved tonight why he’s so valuable.
- Chris Kelly struggled as expected. Early in the game he had a gaping net as he streaked down the slot and of course he fanned on it.
- Why (Claude) was Matt Irwin (Boston’s worst defenseman tonight) in the lineup when all preseason long Colin Miller outplayed him in every way? He gift wrapped goal number two for Winnipeg and was enjoying a cup off coffee near post while Tuukka was hung out to dry on goal number three. Overall, -3 on the night for Irwin.
- Why (Claude) is David Pastrnak, your lone Patrick Kane-esque type sniper, not on the power play? He buries one of those scrambles in front of the net late in the 1st period. No excuse for Claude not to play him.
- Ryan Spooner couldn’t win a face-off, 2 of 8, and was a -3 as well. My DraftKings lineup took a hit there.
- Kevan Miller and Torey Krug were the lone pisitives on D. Kevan actually stood out the most.
- I started dry heaving after the fifth goal.