The month of October started in the worst way possible for the Boston Bruins, as they lost their first three home games by a combined score of 16-7. The B’s however rebounded to finish the month on a 6-0-1 tear, climbing all the way up to second in the Atlantic Division. Here are three studs and three duds for the Big Bad Bruins in their first month of the season:
David Krejci: The 29 year-old is off to the fastest start of his career with 15 points in just 10 games in the first month. He has also spearheaded a suddenly resurgent power play as the Bruins have the best unit in the league with a 34.2 success rate.
Jimmy Hayes: The former BC standout has played extremely well as of late, using his size to his advantage. Hayes had 10 points in 10 games and had a 4 point game in the B’s first win against the Colorado Avalanche.
Jonas Gustavsson: The backup goalie has won all of his 3 starts this year, giving up only 6 total goals in his games. With Tuukka Rask not playing well, Gustavsson has been a nice change of pace and has been a big part of the Bruins turnaround.
Matt Beleskey: With only 2 goals in 9 games in his first season in Black and Gold, Beleskey has not gotten off to the ideal start but with a long way to go he can still improve but he needs to get more consistent
Tuukka Rask: It has been a awful start to the year for number 40 as he has been outplayed by his backup. His numbers truly speak for themselves: 3-4-1 record, 3.52 GAA, .871 save percentage(those numbers include last night’s 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars).
David Pastrnak: He has struggled after a good start to the year. Obviously, being 19 he will have some growing pains with this season being his first full NHL campaign. He needs improve his play in the defensive and neutral zones and needs to cut down on the turnovers.