Don Sweeney signing Brad Marchand to the 8-year, $49M deal last month might be the best move he ever makes as a GM. Marchand’s taken his game to another level, and his line along with David Backes and David Pastrnak dominated the Blue Jackets in the Bruins’ 6-3 season opening win.
Marchand was 2-3-5 and a plus 5. Backes was a 2-1-3 and a plus 5, and Pasta was 2-2-4 and a plus 6.
After a rough first half of the game where the B’s saw themselves in a 2-0 hole thanks to a Tuukka Softie™ and a PP goal where rookie Brandon Carlo got lost in coverage. But the B’s bounced back with Pasta’s first goal and after a Seth Jones goal making it 3-1, Backes got his two to tie it heading into the third.
Then, Marchand took over. I mean….
Also, the rookies acquitted themselves well, lead by rookie D-man Carlo, who was a plus-5 and got his first NHL point, assisting on Marchand’s goal in the third. You know who else looked a lot better than pretty much at any point last year? Colin Miller. No points and -1 but more aggressive in over 20 minutes TOI. Austin Czarnik had a decent game as well, recovering from a junk penalty call to contribute.
You know what else went well? The faceoffs, in particular Riley Nash was at 77% and David Krejci at 69% (nice). Things go a lot better when you have the puck.
Sure, the D needs work, there’s a lot of young guys to break in, but God help me I think I like this team.
Next up, Auston 3:16 Saturday night in Toronto.