The Black & Gold got off to a slow start as New York scored two goals on only six shots at the end of the first period. After falling behind and failing to take advantage of three power plays, the B’s headed for the locker room looking out of sync.
After a poor first period, the Bruins veterans decided that the team needed to pick up the tempo.
Center David Krejci
got the B’s on the board with a pretty backhand move off a Milan Lucic
rebound. Soon after, the line of Patrice Bergeron
centering Rich Peverley
and Brad Marchand
stepped up Boston’s attack.
Halfway through the second period, Marchand took the puck around the back of the net and found his center sitting in the slot for the Bruins second goal.
“I started to stop and get open for [Marchand] for a one timer and it worked,” said Bergeron. “You know, we read off each other pretty well.”
As the Bruins picked up the pace, it was looking as if the three vets had skated together all throughout last season. Bergeron, Peverley, and Marchand were constantly creating scoring chances and had great composure in all three zones.
In fact, it was Marchand who skated on Bergeron’s left wing, with the now retired Mark Recchi on the right.
“I really liked playing with them,” said Bergeron of his usual linemate Marchand and new addition in Peverley. “The guys are great players and with Marshy, you know, we clicked right away so it was fun.”
The newly re-signed Marchand was happy to remain on Bergeron’s line.
“He has unbelievable vision and hands and same thing with Pev, so it’s pretty easy to get open and they’ll find you,” said Marchand, who added, “We had a lot of fun.”
The sophomore Bruin also thought playing with Peverely was exciting.
“Pev is always creative. He’s quick and smart with the puck, so it just adds another look to our line,” explained Marchand.
Peverley’s speed, hands, and intuition clearly showed as he scored a beautiful goal with just four minutes to go in regulation.
The Bruins forward came through the neutral zone, put the puck through a defender’s legs, rushed down the right side of the ice and snuck it into the near-top-corner on an almost-impossible angle against Islanders’ goalie Anders Nilsson.
Peverley felt all three players each brought important aspects of the game to the ice and were able to provide the Bruins offense with scoring opportunities.
“I just try to read off of them and try to use my speed,” said Peverley. “They’re great players, so you want to keep continuing to get chances.”
The new Bruins line had plenty of chances tonight and capitalized, Peverley (1-2-3 totals on the evening), Bergeron (1-2-3) and Marchand (1-1-2) all had multipoint evenings and after the game, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spoke about the Bergeron trio’s play.
“Obviously, with Bergy and Marsh there’s some chemistry,” said Julien. “I think Rich Peverley
brought some speed to that line and I think they’ll enjoy that.
“It was something that we wanted to have a look at and it gives us an option there for sure, and an option that we didn’t mind.”---John Griffin