• For the fourth season in a row, the Bruins have started their year with two points to their name, as the Bruins downed the Capitals by a 5-2 final at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night.

    This was truly the Czech Show for the Bruins, too, as David Pastrnak began his contract year with a four-point night, while David Krejci welcomed himself back to the NHL after a year away with a three-point night.

  • Pastrnak’s Big Year kicked off with a goal that only No. 88 could score for the Bruins, too, as the 26-year-old battled through three Washington skaters closing in on him and beat the Capitals’ Darcy Kuemper for a spin-o-rama look to put the Black and Gold up two at the 15:03 mark of the opening frame.

    Pastrnak also came through with primary helpers on three Boston tallies, including a slick dish to Taylor Hall for Boston’s third goal, and to David Krejci on the insurance marker the B’s needed late in the third.

  • But in what was the third Opening Night showdown between the sides since the start of the 2009-10 season, it was Patrice Bergeron who opened things up with a power-play tally at the 7:58 mark of the first period.

  • The Bergeron tally started what was a run of three straight Boston goals, too, with that Pastrnak spin-o-rama goal and Hall’s marker on the board before the Capitals finally responded.

    It was a relatively quick-striking pair of tallies from the Caps, too, with goals from Anthony Mantha and Conor Sheary within a 5:09 stretch, which made this contest a one-goal game through 40 minutes.

    Both Washington tallies came as a result of the Bruins’ over-aggressiveness in the attacking zone, and more specifically with Mike Reilly too deep into the attacking zone, which left pairing partner Connor Clifton as Boston’s last line of defense in front of Linus Ullmark.

  • In net, the Bruins’ Linus Ullmark was absolutely phenomenal when he needed to be.

    Protecting a one-goal lead, Ullmark stoned Alex Ovechkin on a great off-the-faceoff look late in the second period, and Ullmark’s third-period performance was certainly headlined by his stop on Lars Eller on what was a shorthanded 2-on-1 opportunity for the Caps.

    The win also featured six stops with the Bruins down a man, and a 33-of-35 line by the night’s end.

  • The only bit of bad news for the Bruins in this game came with the departure of top-line winger Jake DeBrusk with an upper-body injury. The injury appeared to occur during a cross-check battle with the Capitals’ Erik Gustafsson in the first period of action.

    The Bruins return to action Saturday night for their home opener against the Coyotes.