On Saturday night the Boston Bruins welcomed the Detroit Red Wings to the Atlantic Division with the best way they knew how, with a 4-1 beating. The Bruins controlled nearly every phase of the game as they held advantages in shots, hits, and time on attack.
In the second period, Brad Marchand broke a 1-1 tie, as Jordan Caron and Zdeno Chara would provide the insurance goals to lock up a Bruins victory. Marchand would later take leave the game after a taking a big hit from Justin Abdelkader (although he appeared to be ok after the game).
Detroit was coming of the second night of a back-to-back after playing an overtime game all the way down in Carolina the night before. That didn't stop the Bruins from putting up 37 shots on Olympic hopeful Jimmy Howard, and generally leaving the Wings frustrated for the majority of the evening.
In terms of getting the season off on the right foot, everything that could go right for the Bruins did on Saturday.
1) The unconventional powerplay pays dividends.
There has been a lot of concern surrounding the Bruins new look powerplay. Since game one, the Bruins have created "Chara's office," where the gigantic d man positions himself in front of opposing goalies. For now, some of those concerns should have been alleviated after the unit went 2-4 in the game. Both of those goals came as a result of Charas' presence in front of the net.
With Big Z standing in front of the net, Torey Krug was able to sneak one past Howard for his first career regular season goal. The Bruins fourth goal was a simple role reversal of their first tally, as Krug was able to feed Chara around the front of the net, who then was angle a backhander past the out-of-position Wings netminder.
2) Jordan Caron making the most of his opportunity.
With forward Carl Sodderberg out with an ankle injury, Jordan Caron has stepped in and taken advantage of the open spot in the lineup. After a disappointing career in Boston to this point, the young forward is playing for his job.
In the the Bruins opener Caron had a goal unfairly taken off the board, but there was no stopping the third liner on Saturday. Linemate Riley Smith provided a nifty backhand pass from the slot, and it was Caron who accurately snapped the puck past the glove of Howard. Its only two games into the season, but Caron looks like a totally different player.
3) Wings get first taste of Bruins stingy defense.
If your a road-weary team such as the Wings were on Saturday, the last place you want to go is into Boston to face a rested Bruins team. The unit was once again anchored by Tuukka Rask who turned away 25 of the 26 Detroit shots he faced.
Detroit's loan goal? That came on a hectic rebound that was masterfully placed top left by Henrik Zetterberg. Other than the lone back-checking miscue, the B's were excellent top to bottom in their own zone. Their efforts also included going 2-2 on the penalty kill against a Wings powerplay that features stars such as Pavel Datsyuk, the aforementioned Zetterberg, and the newly acquired Daniel Alfreddson.
The Bruins have four days off before they host the Colorado Avalanche in the final tilt of a three game home stand.
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