The Boston Bruins finished up the month of October with an 8-4-0 record. This places the Bruins in a tie for third (with the Montreal Canadiens) in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins have had a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ in their first month. On some occasions, they have been a offensive powerhouse playing textbook perfect hockey. Other times, the Bruins have been sloppy on the forecheck and have had numerous defensive breakdowns. They’ve had strong finishes and unfortunate last minute failures.
Here at Causeway Crowd, we’ve taken a look at all the members of the squad and decided on which three members of the Black and Gold have met or exceeded our expectations for the month of October. Here are the three stars for the month of October.
Third Star – David Krejci. David Krejci has done a great job centering the Bruins’ top line. Krejci leads the team in points with thirteen. He has two goals, a plus/minus of +9, and twelve minutes in penalties. Krejci still does a marvelous job of creating time and space for himself and his linesmen.
Krejci plays responsible hockey. He has been rewarded for his play with multiple point games, including a three multi point streak in games against Buffalo, San Jose, and New Jersey. In his eight years in Boston, he’s become an offensive mainstay and a reliable player for the Bruins.
Second Star – Milan Lucic. Milan Lucic was brought on board to be a hard physical presence for the Bruins. He has far exceeded those expectations. He is the definition of a power forward. It can be argued that he single handedly destroyed the Buffalo Sabres franchise.
Lucic currently leads the team in goals (six), and is one point behind Krejci in overall scoring. Lucic’s plus/minus is currently +8, and has a surprisingly small fourteen minutes in penalties. He averages over twenty shifts a game, and nearly seventeen minutes a game in ice time. He’s dependable, stalwart, and having a much better start to his game than he did last season.
First Star – Tuukka Rask. Rask has been responsible for many of the Bruins’ successes and has single handedly staved off disaster for the Black and Gold. The Bruins net minder still has one of the best records in the NHL, and is still a top contender for the Vezina. Rask currently has a 1.73 goals against average with his 7-4-0 record. He has a single shutout (against Tampa Bay) so far this season. Tuukka has stopped three hundred and nineteen shots on goal already, and has an outstanding .940% save percentage.
Rask has been a solid part of the Bruins organization, and has earned the mantle of number one goaltender. He’s carrying on the legacy of Tim Thomas. Rask will be one of those names that will be remembered in the same sentence of Moog, Cheevers, and Thompson.