After a scoreless effort against the Colorado Avalanche few days prior to the Bruins first away game of the 2013-14 season, they were able to jump back into their regular groove of applying tremendous pressure offensively and providing countless scoring opportunities.
This time around the Bruins capitalized on as many opportunities as they could at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Down 1-0 heading into the second period, the Bruins rallied around and scored three unanswered goals to collect their third victory on the season.
However, special teams focused for shorthanded plays proved inefficient yet again. Similar to the Avalanche game, the only goal Tuukka Rask allowed was while the opposing team was on a power play. The goal came with just little over one minute left in the first period.
Coming in clutch, Chris Kelly knotted the game at one relatively early in the second period, snatching the momentum away from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Tied up 1-1 for the rest of the second period, Loui Eriksson decided it was his turn to offer his scoring abilities to the team, while providing what was the game-winning goal, less than one minute into the third period. Awkwardly containing and controlling the puck while maintaining his balance, Eriksson riffled a backhander into the back of the net. The goal was Eriksson’s first with the franchise, and a great one at that. Unsurprisingly, Patrice Bergeron was the man who created a goal-scoring opportunity for Eriksson. Taking the lead in points (4) on the Bruins stats sheet, Milan Lucic added an empty-netter goal to increase the lead by two late in the game.
Lucic and Kelly added their second goals on the season, pushing them into the top two tied for goals scored. David Krejci follows Lucic in points with a total of three – all assists. Kelly also is tied with defenseman Adam McQuaid for plus/minus with an excellent +3. Fortunately and impressively, only three Bruins have a minus, which for all three is only -1. Goalie Tuukka Rask has continued his flawless abilities between the pipes by maintaining a solid and outstanding 1.00 goals against average. He has faced 115 shots and only allowed four of them. With a minimum of four games played, he is in second for goals against average (.965), and tied for first in goals against average.
In only four games played, the Bruins have managed to allow only five goals. No doubt the team has a solid and bright path to the Stanley Cup finals, despite the one loss collected already.
The Bruins head into the third week of the season facing off against division-foe and fellow Original Six member, Detroit Red Wings, for the second time this season on Oct. 14. The Red Wings will head out to Boston against to avenge their first lost of the season. In a Bruins-dominated game, Detroit fell short 4-1. Continuing in the Atlantic Division, the Bruins will fight off the Florida Panthers on Oct. 17 and re-matching against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 19. Last time Tampa Bay faced Boston, they were handed a 3-1 loss.