A return to TD Garden ice was a pleasant one for the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, as the B’s first home preseason action came with goals from four different scorers in a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The sides traded power-play tallies to kick things off in the first period of play, as the Bruins matched a game-opening marker from Joel Farabee with a Brad Marchand ripper scored just 10 seconds into Boston’s man advantage.
The goal came with an immediate impact from the top unit’s newest addition, too, as Taylor Hall came through with a sweet diving poke to send the puck Marchand’s way, where he had all the time in the world to beat the Flyers’ Martin Jones.
Taylor Hall’s first look on the top power-play unit is off to a good start.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) September 30, 2021
A nice pick retrieval and feed leads to a power-play goal from Marchand.
Boston built off the Marchand equalizer with a go-ahead goal — also scored on the man advantage — with a Craig Smith marker through Jones just 3:06 after the Marchand goal, and with the assists to Nick Foligno and Erik Haula.
The Bruins even added another one before the period was through on a Brandon Carlo bullet through Jones at 16:41.
Up by two through 20 minutes of action, the Bruins and Flyers eased up on the pace established in the opening frame, and it was Jake DeBrusk who scored the lone goal of the period to put the B’s up by three through two periods.
Good to see Jake DeBrusk rewarded again for driving to the front of the net.— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 1, 2021
Encouraging signs for a guy looking to bounce back.
Also, another good play along the wall for Haula.
4-1 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/eEKx58fy1e
Hall and Haula led the Bruins with two assists each, while Charlie McAvoy finished the night as the backend’s top minute-eating presence, with 22:01 of action in his preseason debut.
And after the Bruins split goaltending duties in each of their first two preseason contests, Jeremy Swayman stayed in net for the entirety of Thursday’s contest, and finished with 16 saves by the night’s end.
One interesting note: Defenseman Brandon Carlo was wearing the second ‘A’ for tonight’s contest. Under most circumstances, a preseason ‘A’ means almost nothing. But this was a night where the Bruins featured almost all of their NHL regulars in action. This could be a sign of what’s to come in regards to the team’s vacant alternate captaincy with David Krejci out of town.
The Bruins will return to the Garden ice Saturday night against the Rangers.
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