Waking up this morning I was coping with a dark cloud over my head from the Patriot's ugly loss to the Ravens last night, but today's Bruin's shootout victory was a great pick me up. Notching another impressive victory after beating the high-powered Rangers on Saturday, the Bruins as a team are looking great so far.
Three things in particular stood out to me during today's game:
1) Penalty Kill: Very impressive play by the PK unit. In 4 power plays, the Jets didn't score and only managed 2 shots. In overtime, Bergeron nearly scored while the team was short handed. Chris Kelly made some fantastic plays in the overtime period to clear the puck out of the zone when it was 4 on 3 (due to a terrible holding call against Chara).
2) Tuukka solid: The major concern for this Bruin's team is the durability and capability of Tuukka to be the Bruin's every day goaltender. Through two games, has allowed a total of two goals, while posting a 0.96 GAA and a .958 save percentage. The Bruin's penalty kill efforts and overall solid defense has prevented Rask from facing too many shots, and he was able to make a critical save during the shoot out. While were only two games in, Tuukka's performance thus far is encouraging.
3) Physicality: As the game progressed, the Bruins started to play a noticeably more physical style of hockey that we are accustomed to seeing them play. It's what got them their Stanley Cup win, and was also absent from the Washington series last year which they lost. The Bruins had 48 hits to the Jets 32, and that physical play certainly got the crowd into the game.
*Random Note: With one more victory, Claude Julien will move into a tie for 3rd place with Don Cherry for most wins as the Bruins head coach with 231 wins.