Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins

3Oct 26, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) celebrates his goal with his teammates during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins bounced back from a bad loss with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at TD Garden.

Pavel Zacha, Charlie McAvoy, and David Pastrnak (2) were the goalscorers for Boston (highlights below). Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman, meanwhile, stopped 23 of 24 Red Wings shots for a .958 save percentage in the winning effort. The B’s are now 7-0-1 on the young season.

Special teams made a big difference for the Bruins in the first period. They killed off two penalties, while scoring the game’s first goal on the power play.

Afer the Bruins had generated multiple high-danger chances against the Red Wings during a man advantage, Pavel Zacha finished a rebound off the centering feed from Brad Marchand to stake the Bruins to a 1-0 lead. After a quiet start to the season, Zacha has now scored a point in four of his last five games.

  • Not to be outdone, Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy finally got on the board with his first goal of the season later in the first period. In an unassisted effort, McAvoy rushed with the puck all the way to the net and stuffed it through Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso, extending the lead to 2-0.

    McAvoy is heating up offensively, with five points in his last four games (one goal, four assists).

  • The Red Wings showed signs of life in the third period, and broke Swayman’s shutout bid. Red Wings center Joe Veleno crossed up Brandon Carlo on a rush with a nifty deke, then ripped it high, far-side over Swayman’s shoulder, cutting the Bruins’ lead to 2-1.

  • The Bruins would soon kill the Red Wings’ momentum later in the third period, however. That’s because Pastrnak earned himself a penalty shot after a 4-on-4 scoring chance.

    Pastrnak finished the job with a slick deke, undressing Husso for the goal to make it 3-1 Bruins. Pastrnak now has eight goals and 13 points through eight games this season.

  • Pastrnak added his second goal of the game on an empty net, as he cleared the puck off the boards through the neutral zone at just the right angle to get it to trickle all the way in.

    Up Next: The Bruins’ homestand doesn’t get any easier, as next up is a playoff rematch with the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

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