Bruins Outlast Flyers

 

Hope springs eternal at the beginning of every season for the fans of their favourite team. Were the off season moves and the development of the younger players enough to make my team a contender? Or even make them competitive? Fans of the Boston Bruins have been writing into the Herald Editorial Section asking those very questions and at least for one night their questions were answered. The Bruins got off on the right foot welcoming the Philadelphia Flyers into town and coming away with a 3-2 victory.

 

Unfortunately for Bruin fans the game didn't start out great for their hometown squad. The Flyers came out firing and peppered starting net minder Curtis Joseph early and often, but it was the Bs that opened the scoring. Evgeny Shtepa beat Flyers goalie Jacques Cloutier clean on a wrister after a steal and a beautiful pass buy Scott Young. New Free Agency acquisition Pierre Mondou followed that up with his first as a Bruin to make it 2-0 14 minutes in. The Flyers maintained the pressure though and finally broke through on their 13th shot of the period as Dave Poulin beat Cujo to close the gap to 2-1 which is how the period ended. Shots were 14-6 Flyers in a period dominated by them.

 

The Bruins cranked up the heat in the second and Scott Young scored his first of the season to open up the two goal lead once again. Norm Maciver was whistled for elbowing and 5 seconds after the Flyers capitalized to make it 3-2 after two. 

 

The third period saw the Bruins lock down in a defensive effort limiting shots and chances, allowing only 6 shots and zero high quality chances. They rode out strong defensive play and solid goaltending to a 3-2 win.

 

Overall this was mainly what I expected from this Bruins team, lean on the stars and goaltending to lead them to a win. This recipe will have to continue to work if the Bruins are to have any success this season.

 

Next up is a trip to The Swamp and a date with the New Jersey Devils.

 

GAME STARS:

 

3. Scott Young

2. Evgeny Shtepa

1. Curtis Joseph

 

GAME NOTES:

 

- The Bruin PP went 0-2, while the Flyers PP went 1-8. Discipline is once again an issue for the Bruins this season

- The expanded seating area in the Boston Gardens was well received by the fans as the game sold out 

- Fans aren't thrilled though with the Tim Horton's option in the food court

 

THE SANDWICH REPORT:

 

The Sandwich Bruins welcomed Timmins and came away with a 3-2 win. Roman Oksiuta scored a pair and Jeff Hackett came away with the victory between the pipes.

 

Donny Brook
Bruins Beat Writer
Boston Herald