BOSTON – The honeymoon is clearly over for the Boston Bruins.
After a long, sleepy preseason marked by extensive, idle stretches between games and a sporadic early season schedule that made it difficult to get a read on the hockey team, it would seem the B’s powers that be are finally getting a feel for their team.
And they don’t necessarily love everything they see.
Coming off a subpar effort last weekend against the Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins followed it up with a sloppy, mistake-filled first period against an undermanned Ottawa Senators group they surely thought they could waltz all over. The Bruins snapped out of it in time for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night over a Senators team battling COVID issues, but it doesn’t allay the concerns in the wake of a victory over a lesser opponent.
First off is the continued lack of scoring depth that’s dogged the Boston Bruins in recent years.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both clocked in with goals on Tuesday night, and the only non-Perfection Line forward that’s scored in the last three games was Taylor Hall on the PP last weekend in Toronto. Otherwise, it’s been Bergeron with five goals, Marchand and Pastrnak with one apiece and a pair of goals from a B’s defensemen corps (Mike Reilly and Derek Forbort) that’s at least beginning to chip in a bit more.
It’s clear the Boston Bruins need more forwards stepping up across the board.