• For the fourth year in a row, the Bruins have started their regular season in the win column, and did so Wednesday night by way of a 5-2 final over the Capitals in Washington.

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    In the third Opening Night showdown between these rivals since the start of the 2009-10 season, it was about as complete a team effort as Jim Montgomery could have hoped for in his debut behind the Boston bench, as the Bruins got goals from five different scorers and went a perfect 4-for-4 penalty kill.

    Here’s 98.5 The Sports Hub dot com’s three stars from the victory at Capital One Arena

  • No. 3 Star: David Krejci

    Oct 12, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 12, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Washington Capitals in the third period at Capital One Arena. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

  • It’s like David Krejci never left.

    Back on NHL ice for the first time since the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Krejci welcomed himself back to the Bruins with a goal and two assists in 17:53 of time on ice.

    Skating between Pavel Zacha and David Pastrnak, Krejci picked up the secondary helper on Patrice Bergeron’s game-opening power-play marker, and was credited with the primary assist on Pastrnak’s spin-o-rama goal.

    But Krejci’s true highlight came when he was able to beat the Caps’ Darcy Kuemper for the much-needed insurance market to re-establish the Bruins’ two-goal lead with just 3:43 remaining in regulation.

    “I think he’s only gonna get better, and he already looked pretty good out there to me,” Pastrnak said.

  • No. 2 Star: Linus Ullmark

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: Linus Ullmark #35 of the Boston Bruins attempts to make a save as the puck hits the top crossbar against the Washington Capitals during the second period of the game at Capital One Arena on October 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 12: Linus Ullmark #35 of the Boston Bruins attempts to make a save as the puck hits the top crossbar against the Washington Capitals during the game at Capital One Arena. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

  • Conor Sheary’s squeaker through Linus Ullmark’s pads could’ve been the start of the B’s unraveling.

    It was Washington’s second goal in just over five minutes, and brought the B’s one-time three-goal edge down to a single tally. And with it being the uglier of the two goals Ullmark allowed to that point, it was entirely possible (f only natural) that the confidence was a tad rattled as Washington’s rink came back to life.

    But from that point on, Ullmark was downright phenomenal for the Bruins.

    Building off a great stop on Alex Ovechkin to close out the second period, Ullmark preserved the team’s one-goal lead with a great stop on Lars Eller’s two-on-one shorthanded bit with 11 minutes and change remaining in the third, and finished the night with a stellar 33-of-35 effort of night.

    Ullmark also stopped all six shots he faced from the Capital man advantage, and also went a perfect 6-for-6 on high-danger shots faced at all-situational play (courtesy of NaturalStatTrick).

  • No. 1 Star: David Pastrnak

    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 12: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals during the first period of the game at Capital One Arena on October 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

    WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 12: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals during the first period of the game at Capital One Arena on October 12, 2022. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

  • Who’s better than Bruins superstar winger David Pastrnak? Well, as it turns out (and for at least for one night, anyway), Contract Year David Pastrnak.

    Back together with David Krejci on Boston’s second line, Pastrnak wowed with a spin-o-rama goal scored with three Capital defenders closing in on him, and also provided three primary helpers in the winning effort.

    “He’s going [higher] each year,” Krejci said of Pastrnak. “He’s just a world class player. It’s just crazy. That kid has no ceilings. He just keeps getting better.”