Through two periods, it looked like the Bruins were doomed to another quiet offensive night as they trailed the Flyers 2-0. But a Jack Studnicka goal in the first minute of the third finally ended the Bruins' five-on-five drought and opened the offensive floodgate, as the Bruins wound up scoring four times in the third to send the game to overtime.
Tuukka Rask made several big saves in the three-on-three overtime and three more in the shootout, opening the door for Jake DeBrusk to score the shootout winner and give the Bruins a big 5-4 win.
1. Home sweet home
Thursday night’s win over the Flyers marked the first home game for the Bruins in 10 months.
Last season, the Bruins were the strongest team in the league on home ice, only losing four games in regulation (22-4-9).
It wasn’t pretty through the first two periods, but the Bruins finally got the scoring they were searching for in the third period, scoring four times and going on to win in a shootout.
2. McAvoy should be promoted to top power play unit
In the wake of Torey Krug’s offseason departure, the Bruins need to find out who their new quarterback will be on the team’s top power-play unit.
While Matt Grzelcyk has assumed that role to begin the season, it’s Charlie McAvoy who should be getting the opportunity.
Grzelcyk is a smooth skater but McAvoy has a much longer and powerful stride that really backs off defenders when entering the offensive zone. McAvoy was a power play quarterback at Boston University and the U.S. national program and certainly has the offensive abilities to be so at the NHL level.
An eventual top unit featuring McAvoy, Bergeron, Pastrnak, Marchand and either Coyle, Ritchie or DeBrusk could optimize their power-play efficiency.
3. Jack Studnicka breaks the ice
After 11 periods of not scoring at even strength, the Bruins offense finally cashed in twice in just over a minute ignited by Studnicka’s first NHL goal.
One minute and 10 seconds later, it was Charlie Coyle’s first of the season to tie the game at two. Nick Ritchie and Brandon Carlo also found the back of the net as the two teams exchanged goals in the third before heading to overtime.
It’s amazing what a few goals can do for the team’s confidence, and what’s even better is that it was Jake DeBrusk who had the deciding goal in the shootout, as that could help spark his game after a slow start.