Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 15: Charlie Coyle #13 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot against the Arizona Coyotes to score during the first period at TD Garden on October 15, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

  • Things got a little too close for comfort for the Bruins in their Saturday night home opener against the Coyotes.

    Up 3-1 through 40 minutes of action, the Coyotes fought their way back to a tied contest when a Pavel Zacha turnover paved the way for a Shayne Gostisbehere shorthanded breakaway equalizer. Coyotes or not — or especially with this being the Coyotes, perhaps — TD Garden appeared to be on tight-butt alert.

    But a pair of goals, the first from Derek Forbort and the second from A.J. Greer, within a 3:20 stretch, saved the day for the Bruins and sent the sellout crowd home happy in a 6-3 final.

  • And you could almost feel the sigh of relief given the Black and Gold’s performance prior to the 3-3 tie.

    In what finished as an opening period that favored the Bruins by a 12-4 edge in shots (the Bruins also out-chanced the Coyotes by a 19-5 mark and out-attempted ’em by a 31-13 mark), the Bruins struck first on a Pavel Zacha power-play goal scored at the 4:03 mark of the frame.

    The goal, which came after the Bruins let a 31-second five-on-three advantage slip, was scored with some help from a Nick Foligno shot that clanged off the pipe behind the Coyotes’ Karel Vejmelka.

    But the Bruins made sure that a dominant first period didn’t come without a multi-goal edge after 20 minutes of play, and built on Zacha’s game-opening strike with a Charlie Coyle goal scored with just 1:36 remaining in the first period.

  • The second period featured a noticeable pushback from the Coyotes — Arizona doubled up the Bruins in shots in the middle frame (14-7), and scored on a Clayton Keller power-play one-time bomb — but the Bruins re-established their two-goal edge with a Nick Foligno tip-in goal through Vejmelka at the 14:03 mark.

  • But headlined by those aforementioned goals from Forbort and Greer (including a game-sealing empty-netter from Greer late in the contest), and a 21-of-24 performance in net from Jeremy Swayman, the Bruins improved to 2-0-0 on the year (and with goals from 10 different scorers through their first 120 minutes of the season).

    The win did come with some bad news for the Bruins, however, as the team lost Brandon Carlo to an upper-body injury in the first period. Absolutely rocked on a hit by Liam O’Brien, Carlo did not even come out to the bench after the first intermission, and the Bruins did not have an update on his status after the game.

    Carlo does have extensive concussion history, including four in a 50-month stretch from 2017 through 2021.

    The Bruins return to the ice Monday night against the Panthers.