BOSTON – As first impressions go, it was largely good for the three fresh faces in the Boston Bruins dressing room after their winning debut on Tuesday night.
None of the three players ended up on the scoresheet when Taylor Hall was left off the official scoring for Craig Smith’s goal in the 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres, but they all played a factor in the teamwide victory. It also sounds like they will be settling into roles pretty similar to the ones they played in their opening night audition with the Black and Gold.
“Three guys that helped us win a hockey game. That’s their job,” said Bruce Cassidy of Hall, Mike Reilly and Curtis Lazar after they all played after driving to Boston from Buffalo and Ottawa. “We’ll build them in as we go and see how best they fit. But the first impressions were good.
“Taylor Hall, I’d like to keep with [David] Krejci. Lazar could go to the wing, but I liked where he was [at center]. Right off the top of the head they will stay [where they played], but Matt Grzelcyk and his progress could impact who [Mike] Reilly plays with [on defense].”