By Ben Aliber
The Boston Bruins faced the Detroit Red Wings for the first time in 628 days Thursday, November 4th. Boston came into the game with minimal point production from all four lines and a captain who still had not scored a goal this season.
That all changed, as captain Patrice Bergeron scored four goals, with linemate Brad Marchand assisting on all four of them. Mike Reilly also scored a goal, which was his first on the season, his first as a Boston Bruin, and the temas first shorthanded goal this year.
The Bruins came into the league ranked in the bottom ten for the power play, scoring only 3-19 in their previous games. Tonight, the first goal from Begreron came just under eight seconds into the powerplay with a blast from the middle of the zone. Three of his four goals came on the power play, marking his seventh career hat trick and second career four goal game.
Detroit’s only goal came from Lucas Raymond, who scored 47 seconds into a 5 on 3 Detroit powerplay. That goal was only one of the 15 shots by the Red Wings the whole night. Boston had 37 shots on the night, more than double what Detroit had. In the first period alone, Boston outshot the team from “Motor City” 12-3.
Not only that, rookie goalie Jeremy Swayman kept the Bruins perfect on home ice with a win, and kept his record at TD garden perfect improving to 6-0-0.
Next up for the Bruins is another original six rivalry game. Boston travels to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs for the first time in 722 days. This has been one of the league’s biggest renewed rivalries for the last decade, as they have tortured Leafs fans, keeping them from making it past the first round since 2004.
Linus Ullmark, will bring his 3-1-0 record into the game as he faces Jack Cambell, who is 5-2-1. I predict the Bruins will pull out a 4-2 win tonight, with a goal by David Pastrnak. They will surrender a goal to the newly re-surged Mitch Marner and former Bruin Nick Ritchie.
Puck drop 7pm, Scotia Bank Arena!