Much like week 1 week 2 of the Bruins season was filled with highs and lows but it finished with a 2-2 record and some optimistic play by the end of the week. The Bruins played the Colorado Avalanche the Detroit Red Wings the Montreal Canadiens and the Buffalo Sabres. The week started off just like week 1 with the offense again struggling to score but with the return of David Krejci it was only a matter of time before the offense started to click. That click came in the final two games of the week in which the Bruins scored 4 goals in each game.
The first game of the week was against the Colorado Avalanche which was a very evenly match contest. The Bruins were out shot by just 2 30-28 the hits were 19 for the Avs and 16 for the Bruins. In the faceoff dots the Bruins had the advantage 32-29 and both teams had 3 power plays with the Bruins capitalizing on 1. Colorado opened the scoring early in the second period but the Bruins were able to tie it up on a power play goal just four minutes later from Loui Eriksson. The game would remain tied until the final second when Daniel Briere scored with 0.5 seconds left in the game for his 300th goal. Niklas Svedberg made his first start of the year in this game and played well making 28 saves on 30 shots but the Bruins just couldn't finish against Reto Berra the backup for Colorado. After this heartbreaking loss the Bruins would have to move on and face the team that started their three game losing streak the Red Wings.
The game between the Bruins and the Red Wings was a show of dominance for the Bruins who outshot the wings in every period resulting in a 39-20 final tally. The Bruins also out hit the Wings 27-19 and won more faceoffs 32-29. The only flaw in the Bruins game was the penalties they took which gave Detroit 5 power plays. The Bruins struck first about five minutes into the game on a shot from Krejci for his first goal of the year. The Wings would respond just three minutes later to tie it up on a goal from Tomas Tatar also his first of the year. The Bruins would continue to be frustrated by Jimmy Howard until 13 minutes into the second period when Reilly Smith would score on a rebound off of a Bergeron shot to put the Bruins ahead 2-1. Now comes the Bruins only flaw in the game taking penalties as the Wings would tie the game up on a power play goal from Gustav Nyquist just three minutes into the third period. Howard would again shut the Bruins down standing tall through to third period power plays by the Bs and OT. The Bruins finally broke through in the shootout with goals from Krejci and Smith while Rask stopped both Wings shooters Nestrasil and Nyquist. Throughout the game the Bergeron Marchand Smith line was dominant taking the play to the Wings and if not for some stellar play by Jimmy Howard this game could have been a much larger Bruins win.
The game against the Canadiens was where the Bruins offense finally broke through but unfortunately their defense was sub par and allowed 5 goals with the 6th coming with the goalie pulled. The Bruins were able to out shoot Montreal 29-26 but they were out hit 30-17 and lost in the faceoff dots 39-31. Both teams had three power plays but the Canadiens capitalized on two chances while the Bruins could only score once. The Bruins opened the scoring about halfway through the first period on a power play goal from Chara his first of the year. Unfortunately just two and a half minutes later the Canadiens scored their first power play goal from Max Pacioretty. The rest of the first period would be scoreless and it wasn't until almost eight minutes into the second that Montreal would take the lead on a goal by Brandan Gallagher. The Bruins would respond just a minute later as Soderberg would score his first of the year to tie it at two. Then just three minutes after that the third line would strike again this time from Eriksson giving the Bruins the lead at 3-2. The Bruins defense would start to faulted with under two minutes left in the second period giving up two goals. The first to Jiri Sekac and then with under 30 seconds left to P.A Parenteau. Montreal would feed off of this momentum to score first in the third period after seven minutes Brendan Gallagher would score his second of the game to give Montreal a 5-3 lead. With just under six minutes to play the Bruins would move to within one on Simon Gagne's first goal of the year. The Bruins would try to use that goal as momentum to help them score again but it wasn't to be as a terrible boarding call on Lucic with just under two minutes to play crushed any chances of a comeback and resulted in P.A Parenteau scoring his second goal of the game on the empty net. Lucic would then continue to voice his opinions to the refs and was given a misconduct call and his night was over but not before he gave a rude gesture to the Montreal fans which resulted in a $5,000 fine later in the week.
The final game of the week was against the struggling Sabres a game in which the Bruins finally looked like the Bruins. After being outshot in the first period the Bruins would end the game with a 36-32 shot advantage. Both teams had 13 hits and the Bruins would once again win the faceoff battle 32-30. Once again the biggest flaw for the Bruins was not being disciplined allowing 7 power plays to the Sabres. Against most teams in the NHL that would be a big problem but the Sabres lack top level offensive talent and with great defensive play the Bruins were able to kill all 7 penalties. The first goal of the game came from Dougie Hamilton about halfway through the first period for his first goal of the year. The Bruins were not done however scoring just four minutes later on an almost identical shot from Chara giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead going into the second period. In the second Torey Krug would score his first of the year almost 12 minutes into the period giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead. The Bruins were not done yet and Carl Soderberg would score the fourth and final goal of the game just three minutes after Krug scored. The third period was more about defense for the Bruins as they tried to form good habits which they did not have in the previous game. The best player for the Bruins in the game was goalie Niklas Svedberg who bounced back from the first game of the week to earn his first NHL shutout. The bad news for the Bruins would come after the game as Kevin Miller was forced to leave the game after he awkwardly took Nicolas Deslauries to the ice in their fight resulting in him dislocating his shoulder. It is unknown how long Miller will be out but with plenty of talented defensemen just waiting for their chance to step up I don't see the Bruins hurting to much after his loss. Matt Bartkowski is the most likely replacement but if his defensive game is lacking there are a few AHL names that could be called up.
So week two got off to a slow start but it ended with a bang and the Bruins are looking like they are finally coming out of that offensive funk. Week three won't be a cake walk though at the Bruins will face some tough games against the Sharks, Islanders and old teammate Boychuk and then they end the week in a great rivalry game against the Leafs. The toughest game will likely be against the Sharks who have a very well balanced team with plenty of offensive talent unlike the Islanders who aren't as defensively sound or as deep offensively. The Game against Toronto could go either way simply because it's a rivalry game. These games bring out the best in each team and it can lead to surprising results regardless of either teams record. If the Bruins offensive play continues and our defense stays strong they could easily end the week above .500. As always keep checking back here for all the news and updates on your favorite Boston teams and let's go Bruins.