The Boston Bruins may have been rusty, but they were able to win Game 1 on Monday night.
Stanley Cup fever has taken over Boston. The city was abuzz as the Boston Bruins finally returned to the ice to play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Now the Bruins have had a lot of rest, 11 days to be exact. That is the longest break for a team between the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals.
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With rest comes rust and the Bruins certainly had some in the first period as they went down 1-0 to the St. Louis Blues. Thankfully the Bruins were able to figure things out and ended up winning Game 1.
One player who had a particularly good game was Torey Krug. He left it all out on the ice.
There was an amazing sequence where Krug was tangling with David Perron in the Bruins zone and he went all the way down the ice to lay out a member of the Blues.
It epitomized what the Boston Bruins are all about. We know that Krug can be dangerous in the offensive zone, but he isn’t afraid to be physical as well.
Also when the Bruins were struggling early on there was one player who was able to get things going. Marcus Johansson was able to get into the zone with ease and was strong on the puck.
Finally, it wasn’t a particularly amazing night for Tuukka Rask but he still looked sharp after such a long layoff. He stopped 18 shots and picked up yet another victory.
But let’s get to the action and the 3 major takeaways from the Bruins Game 1 victory.