Boston Bruins

  • It took 64 minutes and 50 seconds, but the Bruins remained perfect at home Saturday at TD Garden, as the team beat the buzzer for a 4-3 overtime victory over the visiting Wild.

    And though the effort took a little more time than the Bruins would have liked, it was a day that left Jim Montgomery all smiles with what his team is looking like through its first six games of the season.

    “I thought that was our best game of the year,” Montgomery said. “[With] how we want to play with and without the puck. Unfortunately, things don’t always go your way. But I like the way we keep handling adversity and we just forge ahead.”

    Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from another Garden ice dub…

  • No. 3 Star: Nick Foligno

    Oct 22, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Nick Foligno (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 22, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Nick Foligno (17) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

  • The comeback is officially real for veteran winger Nick Foligno. Already off to a hot start (Foligno matched last year’s goal total in Tuesday’s loss to Ottawa), Foligno continued his hot streak with a first-period rip through Marc-Andre Fleury for Boston’s first goal of the day Saturday, and drew a late-game penalty on Wild defenseman Matt Dumba to put the Bruins on the power play late in the third and into overtime.

    Foligno, who busted out his good ol’ EA Sports trick stick with some fancy dekes and jukes throughout the affair, even ended his day with a promotion up to the Black and Gold’s third line.

    “I mean, he’s just playing really good hockey,” Montgomery said. “Outside of the production, like I don’t know if you notice after he scored the goal, but I mean, he was skating the puck down low, below the tops and he was escaping from people. So you can see that his health is a lot better. And that’s adding to the fact that he’s skating better. So he’s just done a terrific job being a leader of those bottom-six forwards night in, night out.”

    Through six games, Foligno has three goals and an assist, but he isn’t ready to take any victory laps just yet.

    “I think just a reset in the summer, right? Just to kind of go back and I got to train the way I needed to train. And then you come in and you’re excited, you’re motivated to prove to yourself and everyone that this is the player I am and I’m excited to be,” Foligno said of what’s worked out of the gate this season.”It’s six games in. I’m not going to get too excited about anything. Just [gonna] continue to do what I do and come here and be in the moment and be excited about what we’re trying to build here as a group. And like I told you guys before, I love being a Bruin and I love being with this group, so it drives me every day to try and bring my best.”

  • No. 2 Star: Hampus Lindholm

    Oct 22, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) defends Boston Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm (27) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 22, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Minnesota Wild right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) defends Boston Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm (27) during the second period at TD Garden. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Down Charlie McAvoy — and also Brandon Carlo in the now and Matt Grzelcyk at the start of the year — it’s fair to wonder just where the Bruins would be without defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

    A steadying presence in all three zones, the 6-foot-4 Lindholm has really taken the pressure off guys like Connor Clifton, Derek Forbort, and Mike Reilly. It’s arguably allowed those players to take flight on their own, too. But if we’re taking stock of his performances, there’s no doubt that Saturday was his best to date.

    Deployed for over 16 minutes of five-on-five play in this contest, the Bruins controlled shot attempts 23-14, outshot Minnesota 14-8, and outscored ’em 2-1 with Lindholm on the ice. One of those goals came off Lindholm’s stick, too, as he absolutely sniped a top-shelf beauty through Fleury in the middle frame.

    “He’s a complete stud,” Montgomery said of Lindholm. “He’s been a complete stud since Day 1. And we’re gonna get another stud back in a month.”

    (He’s talking about Charlie McAvoy. And that’s gonna be something.)

  • No. 1 Star: Taylor Hall

    Oct 22, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) defends Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 22, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) defends Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) during the first period at TD Garden. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

  • Speaking with reporters after Thursday’s win, Jim Montgomery noted that Taylor Hall was the B’s best skater in the effort. The good news for Montgomery’s squad is that Hall decided to bring an encore to the table on Saturday, as he scored the game-winning goal and added two helpers in 19:45 of time on ice.

    And while the goal was the obvious highlight, don’t sleep on the assist on David Pastrnak’s goal, which saw Hall use his all-world speed to get the Wild scrambling and then successfully take advantage of Minnesota’s defensemen and essentially use them against Fleury for Pastrnak’s marker.

    Hall is up to three goals and five points through six games this season.