Washington – Jim Montgomery Arad Boston Bruins To show who they have, and not who don’t, to start the season.
Turns out that they have, even in the absence of key players injured for some time, is still good.
David Pasternak He had one goal and three assists, captain Patrice Bergeron Record and beat Boston on Washington Capitals 5-2 Wednesday night to give Montgomery victory at home Bruins training debut. Bergeron earned the puck for Montgomery after the last century, a symbol of the first achievement in a long season.
It’s great, but most importantly, we’re doing it together. It’s an honor to lead that group,” said Montgomery, who has been playing his first National Hockey League game as a head coach since December 7, 2019.
without wing Brad Marchand And the No. 1 defender Charlie McAvoywhose long-term absences following off-season surgeries have been considered, the group still clicked as frequently as the Bruins who have run through playoffs in each of the past six seasons.
It doesn’t hurt for Pastrnak to play at his best: assisting in Bergeron’s powerful goal with an initial shot that turned into a thrilling rebound and setting Taylor Hall With a perfect pass into the middle of the ice to put Boston 3-0 ahead. Washington scored two goals before Pasternak hit the shot, which turned into David Krigsey’s tight goal before 3:43 from the left.
“It’s growing every year,” said Craigie, who scored and assisted two goals in his first National Hockey League game after playing last season in his native Czech Republic. “He’s just a world-class player. He’s crazy. This guy has no ceilings. He’s constantly improving.”
Krejci’s return to North America coincided with Bergeron’s return to the 19th season with the Bruins, who got off to a good start by scoring his 401st career goal.
Montgomery is back on the NHL bench operation less than three years after his comeback fired by Dallas stars for unprofessional behaviour. He sought and got help with his alcohol abuse, spent time as an assistant in St. Louis and got another chance with Boston.
“He was amazing,” Montgomery said. “He struggled so hard. He fought for every bounce. He was really good for us.”
Darcy Comber He struggled a bit on his debut in capitals less than three months ago to support Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup. Kuemper allowed four goals on 29 shots, ditched a large rebound for Bergeron and beat the ice with five holes by Pastrnak.
“Other than that, I felt really good with my game,” Comber said. “I am obviously not happy with the result.”
Anthony Mantha And the Connor Cherry Scored for Washington that went 0 vs. 4 in a power game. captain Alex Ovechkinthe active leader in goals in the season opener, had three shots on the net but was kept off the score sheet.
Coach Peter Laviollette admitted some interruptions in his team’s game, in strong play and beyond.
“We were disjointed, apparently, in the first half of the match and when I wanted the disc to be there, it wasn’t,” Laviolette said. “We weren’t on the mark with the pass or we weren’t on the mark with the positioning or outnumbered in a fight. Whatever it was, we weren’t clicking. We weren’t out of sync.”
Humpus Lindholm The netter record is blank with 1:05 left. … Montgomery had no update on the future Jake DebroskWho left the game after the second half. … czech q Jacob Lauko He made his NHL debut with the Bruins wearing the number 94. It’s the highest number worn by a player in the nearly 100-year history of the original Six franchise. … Veteran Boston defender Anton Strallmann With a $1 million contract for this season, he will be eligible to play when his work visa is settled.
Bruins: add a file Arizona Coyotes Saturday night at their home opener.
Capitals: visit Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday evening in the second half of the back-to-back match for each team.
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