All hail Saint Patrice, your lord, and savior. A huge concern with a certain amount of Bruins fans has been the play of Patrice Bergeron. While he hasn’t had a horrible start to the season, he has had some trouble scoring goals. The Bruins heading into tonight had played seven games. In those seven games, Bergeron had yet to score a single goal. Tonight, he would change that narrative in a huge way.
This Bruins team is 3-0-0 at home this year. This includes wins against the Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, and Florida Panthers. Their weakness so far has been on the road where they hold a 1-3-0 record. Tonight, they took on their division rival in the Detroit Red Wings. Thanks to some heroics from their captain, the Bruins rolled to a 5-1 victory on the back of a Patrice Bergeron four-goal game.
— NHL (@NHL) November 4, 2021
One thing that has been common for the Bruins in recent years has been their dominating power-play. The combination of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Charlie McAvoy, Taylor Hall, and David Pastrnak is an exciting image to imagine. So far this season, that power-play that is usually dominant has been borderline invisible in certain games. Tonight was a whole different story. What a way to get out of a special teams slump than putting together a three-goal night on the power-play.
Who was the center of this dominating power-play? That would be the captain of course. Patrice Bergeron scored his first goal of the season tonight and followed that goal with two more goals. All of these goals came on the power-play. He would cap off the night with a fourth goal at even strength. The Bruins finished the night 3-5 on the power-play. That is how you take advantage of the mistakes given by the opposing team.
— Right Wing, Shoots Left🏒🥅🌈 🇵🇸 😷💉💉 (@HILITINGHOCKEY) November 5, 2021
The Bruins have been criticized early on for their defensive structure. Too many chances in front of their own net have caused them to get off to this slow start. Tonight, they absolutely shut down the Red Wings in all areas of the ice. This especially includes in front of Jeremy Swayman. Despite the five-on-three power-play goal by Lucas Raymond, the Bruins shut down every chance Detroit had all night long.
The Red Wings had 15 shots on goal in the entire game. That is impressively bad for an NHL team. Not only that, they allowed three power-play goals, a shorthanded goal, and an even-strength goal to boot. The Bruins got their fourth goal from their defense. Mike Reilly hasn’t scored a goal in 84 games before tonight. His goal is also his first goal as a Boston Bruin. The Bruins defense produced tonight in their own zone and the offensive zone as well.
Mike Reilly with his first goal since Jan. 28, 2020 — and his first as a Bruin.
4-1 Bruins. pic.twitter.com/p6ZyHgC3hU
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) November 5, 2021
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