In a sports town where the other three teams have won championships this decade, the Boston Bruins are the weak link in Beantown.
However, the B's had a decent month of October, and went 5-3-3. Along the way were some memorable games. Here's a brief recap on the thrillers last month:
* Oct. 9- Bruins defeated the Avalanche 5-4 in the season opener in Colorado, with David Krejci scoring the winner with only 2:36 remaining. Patrice Bergeron, back in the lineup after missing 72 games last season, chipped in with an assist on Marc Savard's second-period goal.
* Oct. 15 - B's lose their 12th straight to the Canadiens, 4-3 in a shootout in Montreal. Boston might have lost, but showed a lot of character in coming back from a 3-0, first-period deficit on the road. Marc Savard scored twice in the third to tie things, including his fifth goal with 47.6 ticks remaining.
* Oct. 18- Phil Kessel scored twice and added an assist, and Marc Savard picked up three helpers, as the Bruins skated past the Senators 4-2 in Ottawa. Manny Fernandez, playing his second game of the season, stopped 21 shots, including 11 in the final period, in the victory. Both of Kessel's goals came in the decisive second period, when the Bruins opened up a 3-1 advantage they would not relinquish.
* Oct. 25- Following a pair of losses which saw the B's blow 2-0 leads each time, Boston rallied against Atlanta thanks to Milan Lucic. After spotting the Thrashers a 2-0 lead in the first period on two late power play goals, the Bruins rallied for a 5-4 triumph. Lucic scored twice in the third, with the hat-trick goal and game-winner coming with only 1:41 left.
* Oct. 27-28- Tim Thomas picked up back-to-back 1-0 shutouts as the Bruins won in Edmonton and Vancouver on consecutive nights. Dennis Wideman and Michael Ryder scored for the Bruins. The two goose-eggs gave Thomas his eighth and ninth career shutouts, as he stopped all 58 shots combined.
And the B's have started out November on a positive note, beating the Dallas Stars 5-1 to open up the second month of the season. We'll see how things shape up and if the B's can maintain their good start.