It was their first win in their first game in a four-game Western Canadian road-trip; it was the first time newly acquired forward Rich Peverley
put on a Spoked-B game sweater, and it was the first time all three new Bruins -- Peverley, Chris Kelly
and Tomas Kaberle -- skated together with their teammates to complete the new-look Boston Bruins.
“The guys who came in, they played great," B's forward Brad Marchand
"They didn’t try to complicate things, they just worked hard and did the little things right.
“I thought (the Rich Peverley
/Michael Ryder) line worked really well and obviously Kaberle can adapt, he’s a great player.”
Peverley, who the B’s acquired in a four-player deal with Atlanta last week, also saw some positive signs from his trio, which had only had two practices and a morning skate together before the game.
“I think our line created some good chances and we had one or two good chances to score,” he said. “I’m just hoping to get maybe a little more texture going in practice to help me carry over to the next game.”
Following the game, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien had some praise for Peverley and his line.
”I didn’t mind that line at all tonight," he said. "I put them out there a few times and (the Flames) started throwing their top lines and they held their own and did a pretty good job.
“I mean we moved (Peverley) from the center to the wing and I thought he made some strong plays. I thought he was pretty smart and poised with the puck for the most part.
"I think he’s a guy that’s getting better all the time.”
Peverley finished the night with 15:15 of ice time, including 2:10 of power play time.
Kaberle, who was acquired from Toronto, has been lauded as the Bruins new quarterback of the man-advantage, and he finished the night with 3:21 of power play time in a game in which the Bruins only had four minutes of 5x4 play in their favor.
“Well he’s been a breath of fresh air for our back end. He’s one of those guys that’s poised and can move the puck,” Julien said of the B’s newest blueliner. “Before, things would get a little hectic back there and then we panic back there and I think by the end there was no panic.”
All in all, it was a good first for the Bruins, as they picked up two points from the NHL’s hottest team and held a four-point lead with a game in hand over the Montreal Canadiens in the Northeast Division.
“They’re a great team, they’ve been playing really well, so to come in here and take two points is huge,” Peverley said. ---Hannah Becker