Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Bruins top Golden Knights to remain undefeated

Bruins top Golden Knights to remain undefeated Turnovers have been a double-edged sword for Golden Knights early
Cary Erickson | 11 October, 2019, 22:27

The Bruins (3-0-0) remained undefeated as they continue their four-game road trip to start the season, all against Western Conference teams.

The Golden Knights fell to 2-1 on the season following a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

And it proved to be a wake-up call for the Vegas Golden Knights who, although not outmatched or outclassed by any means, were punished by the Bruins' explosive top line who woke from their slumber at the wrong time. "We kept going; the game was far from over". That's what's in this room, that's what we expect.

They head into this game with the Bruins leading the all-time series 3-1. Torey Krug led all Bruins defensemen with 3:59 of power play time.

Rask moved into sole possession of 49th place with his 267th career win. "I think we're feeling comfortable playing together and even though we were down a couple of goals we just trust the system and it worked out today".

They only had three opportunities and scored on just one of them, however, the Bruins power play looked like the unit that was a strength past year. When you go on the road you don't worry about putting on a show for the fans.

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There were positives to take from the game for the Knights, however, as well as negatives and we've combed through both the pros and the cons...

"We got some greasy wins, they weren't pretty early on, it's still not where we want to be - but they're steppingstones".

Vegas jumped out to an early two goal lead thanks to goals from Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. They could have certainly capitalized a few more times if not for a few timely saves from Marc-Andre Fleury. Likewise, Matt Grzelcyk appeared to have suffered a left foot injury when he blocked a shot in the first period that forced him from the bench, but he also appears to be okay after returning in the second and third periods. A bounce here, a bounce there, we're right back in it. Rask finished with 31 saves and was a rock in the third period as the desperate Golden Knights began throwing everything at the Boston net.

But that all changed at 11:21 in the first period as David Pastrnak was the lucky recipient of a filthy dish from Marchand which led to "Pasta's" first goal and point of the year, and he returned the favor not long after when feeding Marchand for a power play goal. All three players did what they do best to get Boston back in the game. Then it was a power-play goal where Pastrnak fed Marchand in the slot.

Not that this was ever going to truly impact his availability, but perhaps this is just another reason why you should expect to see No. 40 seated on Boston's bench as Jaroslav Halak's backup on Thursday night as the Bruins seek a flawless balance to keep both goaltenders fresh and with Boston's home opener against the Devils looming for Saturday night in Boston.