As the 2013 NHL preseason finally closed, the Boston Bruins found themselves equipped for another successful season. The Bruins will go into the 2013-14 regular season with a dominant 6-1 preseason record.
After the second and last week of preseason games, the Bruins returned home to Boston with three wins, defeating the Washington Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets twice. The week started in Boston and concluded in Saskatoon, a major city in Saskatchewan (a province in Canada that does not have a team in the national hockey league). In two of their wins, the Bruins were victorious after battling in overtime.
For the second time in the preseason, the Bruins needed extra time to find a victor against the Capitals. Six days previous to playing the Capitals this past Tuesday, the Bruins defeated them in a shootout because regulation and overtime did not suffice. However, in their home preseason game against the Caps, the B’s made sure they would not need another shootout.
About three and a half minutes into overtime, Chris Kelly quickly shot the puck in the back of a basically empty net from a deflected shot by Matt Bartkowski. The two goals that brought them into overtime came from the impressive power play unit with captain Zdeno Chara scoring both goals. One of his goals came from the top of the right circle, where he released a wicked slapper. The second goal happened while he was strongly planted in front of the netminder. The combined defensive efforts of Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, who assisted on two of the goals, helped the Bruins into overtime, ultimately defeating the Caps.
The second to last game of the preseason brought another overtime. This time, the Jets stood in the way of regulation win for the Bruins. Loui Eriksson, acquired via trade from the Dallas Stars, scored his first goal as a Bruin, in overtime fashion.
Although special teams were extremely unsuccessful for the B’s, they still pulled away with a victory. Patrice Bergeron notched another preseason goal, scoring the first goal for the B’s on the night. Ryan Spooner seemed to be the only Bruin ready to play in the game as he scored the second goal of the game, tying it up at two, two minutes after the Jets took the lead. Spooner also had a hand in the overtime-winning goal that lifted the Bruins to a 5-1 record.
In the final game of the week, Tuukka Rask let the Bruins to a shutout win over the Jets in Saskatoon. Rask saved all 20 shots faced in the win. Carl Soderberg again proved why he deserves to wear the spoked-B jersey by scoring 26 seconds into the first period. Defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored the second goal for the Bruins, releasing his legendary slap shot, which always came in clutch during the 2013 NHL playoffs. The line of Jordan Caron, Gregory Campbell, and Nick Johnson tallied two of the five goals, making the decision harder to finalize the 2013-14 roster. Assistant captain, Bergeron, scored the fifth and final goal of the night from a nice give-and-go from Eriksson late in the third period. The Bruins’ all around strong effort, from offense to defense, in Saskatoon led them to a successful win over the Jets.
The Bruins head into the regular season with confidence and hope to carry the momentum from their previous four consecutive wins. The home and season opener for the B’s will be played on Thursday, October 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00p.m. EST.