After playing a key role in Boston’s run to the Cup Final in 2018-19, Jaroslav Halak’s strong play last season appeared to translate over into preseason play — as the veteran netminder stopped 45 of the 46 shots that came his way over two games.
He didn’t slow down in his regular-season debut on Saturday night in Arizona. He actually managed to be even better — as Halak stopped all 35 shots that came his way in what was a 1-0 victory for the Bruins.
Halak’s shutout showing was needed in what was a sluggish night for the rest of Boston’s roster, as the Bruins clung to a slim lead off the stick of Brad Marchand in the first period and labored when it came to generating some breathing room.
Along with another stalled showing on the power play, Boston was sluggish with the puck, with the visitors tagged with 11 giveaways in the contest while only generating six high-danger scoring chances during 49:04 of 5v5 play.
Still, even with the Bruins struggling to create quality chances down low and Arizona piling on Grade-A shots, Halak did not budge, allowing Boston to come away with two points on a night in which few players in the locker room will be pleased with their performance.
Bergeron line returns to form
While the Coyle line was a force in Boston’s victory over the Stars on Thursday, the Bergeron line left a lot more to be desired, combining for just three shots on goal in the victory.
Saturday night was much more of what Bruins fans have been accustomed to over the years, with the 63-37-88 line doing most of the heavy lifting in the offensive zone.