Today was not the best of days for the Boston Bruins. Another 6 goals allowed, another loss that drops them to 0-3-0. I knew Boston would have a strong test to start the season but I didn’t anticipate them to fail this badly. My expectations were more in the C+ range. They failed. One thing I can still take away after the first 3 games is that Loui Eriksson still has it.
Today Loui popped in two great goals. One off a backdoor feed from Torey Krug and another off a Krejci point shot that ended up on his stick. I’ve always felt Loui has the best hands in and around the net. He’s got the patience combined with the touch to finish so smoothly in those tight contested areas. Just the other night against Montreal he had another “handsy” goal taken away by the refs when he redirected a Colin Miller point shot past Carey Price. Apparently Patrice Bergeron committed goalie interference with Price when he was cross checked into him, and by into him I mean part of his jersey brushed against Price, outside the crease. Regardless, Loui showed just once again how skilled he really is. He also popped a few in the preseason in similar fashion, in tight, down low, one specifically against Washington in the final preseason tune up.
I know he’ll always unfairly be compared to Tyler Seguin because of his role in that trade. A trade is never apples-to-apples and he’s just not that type of one dimensional high-speed Seguin type of player. But I’ve always championed Loui from the start. I drove a lot of people nuts raving about how good he is, especially at things that don’t show up on a score sheet. It’s really nice that he’s past the concussions, and also no longer buried by Claude on a 3rd line with Chris Kelly and the since departed Carl Soderberg. Next to Bergeron, and Brett Connolly for the time being, he can really make things happen. I still think this is a year, regardless of the Bruins eventual finish in the standings, that he could get back to the 30-goal mark.