After a jam-packed and rollercoaster ride-like week of preseason games, the Bruins racked up two wins, one shootout win, and one loss.
Crossing the border into Canada to face off against long-time rival, the Montreal Canadiens, deemed itself worthy after the efforts of Jarome Iginla and Torey Krug – who were named first and second stars of the game. The Bruins pounded the Canadien defense, blaring the goal siren six times while holding Montreal to only three goals.
Iginla’s first career preseason game with the Bruins proved he is going to benefit the squad come October. He finished the night with two goals. Defenseman, Torey Krug helped the Bruins on three goals, collecting three points for the night. The first line – consisting of Iginla, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic – relentlessly penetrated Montreal’s net. Krejci added one goal as well as Iginla’s two while the line in total chipped in for all six goals. Zach Trotman added one goal and Nick Johnson scored twice.
Heading back to the states also provided another thrilling victory for Boston. 24 hours after defeating the Canadiens, the Bruins travelled down to Baltimore, Md. to play Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. In shootout fashion, the Bruins conquered the Capitals and collected another win. Niklas Svedberg, in his spoked-B debut, stuffed several Capitals in overtime and the shootout to earn his first win with the Bruins. Chris Kelly and Justin Florek chipped in two goals during regulation to help edge the team into overtime and a shootout where Carter Camper scored the game-winning goal.
In the Bruins first home preseason game of the 2013-14 season brought misery to Boston fans. The number eight stood directly next to the Detroit Red Wings label, while the Bruins label held a low number of two. Malcolm Subban, 19-year-old Canadian, felt the cold shoulder of his teammates after losing to Detroit 8-2. The embarrassing loss last Thursday did prove positives such as, Nick Johnson and Jarome Iginla tallied three goals in three preseason games.
Playing Detroit on their home turf, two days later, seemed to give the Bruins the incentive to win. Carl Soderberg stole the show, scoring the lone two goals of the game, giving the Bruins their third preseason win. Netminder, Chad Johnson stopped all 18 shots faced to collect his first shutout of the season.
The Bruins continue their 2013-14 preseason against the Capitals tomorrow, Sep. 23, inside the TD Garden at 7:00 pm EST. For Sep. 26 and 27, Boston will head back up to Canada to face off against the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg on Thursday at 7:30 pm EST and Saskatoon on Friday at 9:00 pm EST.