Boston Bruins

  • With a 13-2-0 record to their name following Saturday’s 3-1 final in Buffalo, the Bruins are off to their best start in 92 years. And as you’d expect, there’s no shortage of heroes that’s come with such a record.

    Saturday brought more of them to the table, too, with a strong Boston debut in net to go with yet another Boston skater getting on the board with their first goal of the season.

    Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the night from Buffalo…

  • No. 3 Star: Jakub Zboril

    Nov 12, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Jakub Zboril (67) celebrates his goal during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 12, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Jakub Zboril (67) celebrates his goal during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

  • It wasn’t what you’d consider a stat-stuffing night for Jakub Zboril, but the Boston defenseman did finally get on the board with NHL goal No. 1, and it was a big one for the club, as it held as the game-winning strike in the win.

    Zboril’s first NHL goal comes over seven years after the Bruins drafted him with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and after 182 games in the AHL and 64 NHL appearances.

    It’s been a long road to this point for Zboril, and his work is far from done (he’ll be jostling with Derek Forbort for minutes if and when the Bruins are fully healthy), but it’s always nice to see someone score their first. Especially when it’s a big goal.

  • No. 2 Star: Patrice Bergeron

    Nov 12, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 12, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Who knows how this games ends if Patrice Bergeron doesn’t inject the Bruins with some juice by way of his late-period, game-tying power-play goal in the second period of this game. I mean, there’s probably a legitimate chance that the third-period takeover does not come, and the B’s lose this game.

    But once again, No. 37 led the way for the Bruins in this contest, and helped the Bruins break through on Craig Anderson and the Sabres with his power-play goal and just an otherworldly third-period insurance tally.

    Bergeron also paced the Bruins with four shots on goal, and his 58 percent mark at the faceoff dot was a welcomed sight on a night where both Charlie Coyle (11 percent) and David Krejci (43 percent) had off nights.

  • No. 1 Star: Keith Kinkaid

    Nov 12, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Keith Kinkaid (30) looks for the puck during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 12, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins goaltender Keith Kinkaid (30) looks for the puck during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

  • With Jeremy Swayman still out on a week-to-week basis with a lower-body injury, the Bruins knew they were going to have to turn to Keith Kinkaid at some point. And Jim Montgomery’s decision to circle Saturday night in Buffalo as that date turned out to be the right call, as the veteran Kinkaid wowed with a 30-of-31 performance.

    The 33-year-old Kinkaid had to be on his ‘A’ game throughout this contest, too, and had an especially impressive string of saves in the third period with the Bruins and Sabres knotted up at 1-1.

    Not bad for Kinkaid’s first game action since an Oct. 29 start for the P-Bruins.