There’s a whole lot of hockey to be played between now and Game 1 of the 2023 Stanley Cup Final.
But if Tuesday night in Dallas, which featured a East-best vs. West-best showdown between the Bruins and Stars was a preview of what’s to come, how could any hockey fan complain about what potentially awaits them?
In Dallas in search of avoiding a post-break losing streak following last Saturday’s loss to the Capitals, the Bruins jumped out front in the first period of play, but quickly saw themselves in a hole behind goals from Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson. And when you’re going up against Jake Oettinger, even a one-goal deficit seems pretty steep.
The Bruins found their opening, however, and took it behind a Pavel Zacha game-tying marker at the halfway point of the third period of play, and really took the game over from there, even if they didn’t get the result they wanted until overtime and behind a David Pastrnak bomb through Oettinger.
“We had shots and opportunities,” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery, who captured his 100th career victory as an NHL coach (and against the team that gave him his first NHL shot), said after the win. “We did deserve better and [Jake Oettinger] had a lot to say in that. We deserved better in the third period. [Dallas] was struggling to even reach the red line, especially in the last ten minutes. We started pouring it on. That’s Bruins hockey, that’s our identity.”
With the win, the Bruins captured their 40th victory of the season, and tied the 2015-16 Capitals as the fastest team to 40 wins in league history, accomplishing the feat in 53 games.
Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a win in Big D (sans ‘& The Kids Table’)…