The second week in Boston Bruins hockey brought us a fair amount of high and lows. In the two games played last week, the Black and Gold went 1-1, giving them an overall record of 3-1-0. Those six points put them in second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins lost their first game by being shutout at home (while I was there)by the Colorado Avalanche. Then the Bruins got their groove back by getting themselves a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
There were a few standouts in the Bruins performances this week, and they were selected to be Causeway Crowd’s Three Star of the Week.
Third Star: Chris Kelly. At present, Chris Kelly leads the team in goals (2), and +/- (+3). He’s second overall for points (3). He’s been a solid leader on the third line, and his performance so far has been a total one-eighty from what we saw from him last year. He earned the first score of the night in the Columbus game, on another Bruins power play goal.
Second Star: Loui Eriksson. A lot of fuss was made about the trade that brought Eriksson to Boston and Tyler Seguin to Dallas. The ire of fans was raised when Tyler Seguin had his four point game. Eriksson showed his fire with his first goal as a Bruin. (It was also the eventual game winner.) Eriksson showed remarkable skill with the puck, and strong chemistry with Reilly Smith and Patrice Bergeron.
First Star: Tuukka Rask. Once again, the Bruins goaltender proved his value a hundred times over for the Black and Gold. Rask’s average is still consistently amazing. He’s currently 3-1-0, with a .965 save percentage, and an one even goal against average. Last week, Rask went fifty three for fifty five and put up a .963 save percentage. The goal given up against the Avalanche was due to a bad defensive breakdown. Rask was everywhere he needed to be and once again earns top honors from us.