Bourque Gets First in Black & Gold
It took Chris Bourque four years and change to get his second career NHL goal, after scoring his first in a Washington Capitals uniform on December 30, 2008 in Buffalo. At the 8:54 mark of the first period tonight at Air Canada Centre, his linemates helped change that. Rich Peverley found Chris Kelly behind the net, who spun and backhanded the puck right to Bourque at the goal mouth, who put it in half-empty net past Reimer.
Bourque had been a healthy scratch last game against New Jersey, after Coach Julien had wanted him to get his confidence up, knowing the type of player he was, and that he was putting too muc pressure on himself. It looks to have paid off.
“When you get to watch it up high from the press box, you kind of see you have a lot more time,” Bourque told NESN during the first intermission. “I had a good talk with the coaches, what they expect from me, what I have to do better. Overall, I thought it was a good learning experience, hopefully I can keep it going.”
“I’m just happy to contribute. Kelly and Pevs made a hell of a play there, I just drove the net and put it in the open net.”
Bourque looked to have gained a few more inches and a few more pounds after that goal.
With the B’s up 1-0, Cody Franson fired a high slot shot with about eight bodies in front that went into the back of the net, but “no goal” was immediately called by the official, as Tuukka Rask had been knocked out of the crease and out of the play by Nazeem Kadri. No penalty called, but more importantly, no goal.
It’s no surprise that the Bruins are leading in the faceoff circle again tonight - as they have finished their first seven games with the upper hand.
Through the first, B’s were leading 17-4 in the faceoff dot (81-percent). Bergeron had won 7-of-8 and Chris Kelly 3-of-4.
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