Top line, power play right the ship: Alright, alright — it was pretty much inevitable that Boston’s big guns up front were going to start firing sooner rather than later. But given how rusty Boston’s top line and power-play unit looked through the first two games of the 2019-20 season, Tuesday’s showing at T-Mobile Arena was a stark 180° showing. During a win in which Boston overcame a 2-0 deficit by way of a salvo of four unanswered goals, Boston’s usual trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak once again did the heavy lifting — combining for three goals and seven total points in the 4-3 victory.
Along with a pair of strikes during 5v5 play, a slumping PP1 unit that had only managed to land one shot on goal in its first five minutes of action this year also erupted. Before Marchand lit the lamp on the man advantage at 18:58 in the opening stanza, Boston had already managed to surpass its season total with three shots on goal against Marc-André Fleury during the 5v4 sequence.
As always, there’s plenty for Boston to clean up, especially in terms of D-zone coverage and secondary scoring, but the Bruins shouldn’t have too many complaints about a win over a quality opponent in Vegas. With another two points locked up, Boston has opened the year with a 3-0-0 record for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign.