Tyler Bertuzzi, confirmed crazy person. And I mean that in the most complimentary, endearing way possible.
Bertuzzi is nutty in a Bruins sort of way. He looks like he’s going to fit right in with his new team, based on his performance in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday at TD Garden. The former Red Wing notched an assist on Charlie Coyle’s goal that opened the scoring in the first period, gaining the zone with a dump-in toward new linemate Trent Frederic then feeding the puck to Coyle from behind the net for the score.
He also generated a high-danger scoring chance of his own, and served two worthwhile penalty minutes after slashing Artemi Panarin’s stick out of his hands (Panarin: no points, minus-3). The Bruins had 58.3 percent of 5-on-5 shot attempts with Bertuzzi on the ice, in part because the young man is simply a pain in the ass to play against.