After a weeklong cramming session at training camp, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien expressed a keen interest in facing a stiff test to commence the belated, shortened NHL season. His pupils passed the opening exam Saturday night with a 3-1 triumph over the New York Rangers, the team that finished seven points ahead of them for first place in the Eastern Conference last year.
Nearly every key oval on the Bruins’ questionnaire was filled in the opener. The searing subjects ranged from Tuukka Rask’s handling of the goaltending card with reigning Vezina winner Henrik Lundqvist to the readiness of those wholly or relatively new to NHL hockey, to the readiness of those who have played no meaningful hockey since last April.
The one goal in Rask’s cage was the only outstanding glitch, which was eclipsed by the three strikes on Lundqvist’s tab. Each red light at either end happens to be worth one noteworthy takeaway from Saturday’s contest, which shall be reviewed in the following slides.