Bruins ‘Finding Different Ways To Win Every Night,’ Sit Atop NHL Standings
It’s still very early in the season but the Bruins are on a roll right now.
Boston moved to 6-1-0 after a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at TD Garden. On a night when the offense wasn’t at its best, the defense stepped up and Linus Ullmark once again turned in a solid start between the pipes to help the Bruins to victory.
Even though the second line cashed in with goals from David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall (empty-netter), the second line still was prevented from getting quality looks and creating scoring opportunities. There’s no reason to worry about the trio of Pastrnak, Hall and David Krejci, but when one of the Bruins’ best lines is having difficulty making scoring plays, the rest of the team needs to step up.
And that it did against Jim Montgomery’s former Stars team.
“I think we’re finding different ways to win every night,” Montgomery told reporters after the game. “I didn’t think (Tuesday) was a very good offensive game for us, I thought there were plays to be made that even our elite offensive players weren’t seeing. But our checking is really improving. We won with defense, and of course Linus was really good in the net again (Tuesday).”
The defense was the highlight for the Bruins, especially in the final four minutes of the game when Dallas was threatening to tie it 2-2. But they were locked in and did not let the game slip away from the B’s like we’ve seen in the past.
“We haven’t won a game doing that. We’ve kind of surrendered leads and then we end up winning in overtime or pull away late,” Montgomery told reporterss. “But it’s nice to close out a game where Dallas — I give them credit — they played really hard at the end. … They pushed us, and they tested us, and I liked the way we shut things down in the last four minutes.”