Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout win over the Devils in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Bruins escape with two points: As a healthy exercise, please constantly remind yourself that it's only the first game of the season, and that it's not productive to draw sweeping conclusions out of a sample size like this.
That being said, the Bruins made things awfully hard on themselves in their season opener, relinquishing a pair of one-goal leads in the third period against a Devils team that was sitting at the cellar of the Metropolitan Division last season. Despite out-shooting New Jersey, 37-22, Boston needed extra time to dispatch the Devils, with Brad Marchand handing Boston its first shootout victory since Feb. 20, 2019 by burying a goal in the third round.
Tuukka Rask saved the day for Boston as the ice tilted back in New Jersey's favor, stopping a number of quality looks in overtime — including a pair of breakaway attempts from Kyle Palmieri and Jack Hughes — before denying all three bids that the Devils had in the shootout. Rask finished with 20 saves on 22 shots, while Marchand led all scorers with two points (one goal, one assist) on the night. Boston's power play cashed in twice — with Nick Ritchie also burying a goal at 13:12 in the third period.
Some good and bad among youngsters: If Boston is going to make some noise this season, it's going to need its next wave of talent to pull on the rope and take major steps forward in their respective games. While guys who have already cut their teeth up in the NHL ranks like Matt Grzelcyk (24:07 TOI, six shots on goal) and Charlie McAvoy (25:33 TOI) impressed, one youngster had his fair share of good and bad moments in