Last night the Boston Bruins got their 2013-2014 campaign off on the right foot, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. The B's were a little bit slow out of the gate, but eventually the offense found some life, and scored three goals, two of which were short handed.
Old faces and new played a role in the Bruins first victory. The Lightning don't represent the best of the East, and despite some sloppy play (Torey Krug's poorly timed pinch on Tampas' lone goal) the Bruins were able to dictate the flow of play in the latter majority of this one.
1) Iginla makes a splash.
The once-reviled Bruin made his presence known early. Iginla isn't exactly know for being a scrapper, but the B's biggest offseason acquisition took the idea that you assume the identity of your new team to heart. Was Iginla's scrap predetermined? Maybe, but as long as he is not doing it on a nightly basis, his toughness should win any fans who still had any doubts over.
2) Rask looks sharp.
Continuing on the theme of proving one's self, Tuukka Rask also acquitted himself quite well in last nights' affair. Rask stopped 32 shots and allowed just one goal, looking on top of his game for almost the entire night. Tuukka is at his best when he is under control, and any time you can keep Steve Stamkos off the score-sheet is a good sign.
3) The assistant captains get the job done.
It is hard to say which of the Bruins wearing the A was more encouraging. Patrice Bergeron looked perfectly healthy as he dangled and sniped his way to a nifty short handed goal past the blocker of Andres Lindback.
Chris Kelly's disgusting penalty shot goal might have won the night. For a player that struggled to come up with any points on most nights last season (as well as the majority of the playoffs), the Bruins need Kelly to return to his 2011 self. It's only the first game of the season, but Kelly, like the Bruins, got off to a positive start.
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