Morning Free Association: What a night!

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Well, that was an exciting game to start the season. With goals from first-years (DeBrusk and McCoy), young guys (Pasta on the PP), and a shorty/ ENG from a veteran (Brad), the Bruins skated by the Preds. David Krejci, the most veteran Bruins center, had three assists on the night. He looked better tonight than he has in a couple of years.

Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy both scored their first NHL goal in their first regular season NHL game. The last Bruins player to do that was…

That seemed so long ago.

Anyway, this team will be fun. Some nights will be painful, others will be fantastic.

The win didn’t come without a price: fourth-line winger Noel Acciari blocked a shot in the second period, looked in pain as he finished his shift, and did not return to the game. It was described as an upper body injury, which head coach Bruce Cassidy clarified later for the media.

So, it’s probably his hand. That sucks.

The Bruins will be without him for at least one game (Monday). Bergy is still day-to-day, and Backes will be out for at least 2-4 weeks with diverticulitis. Judging from the fact that he wasn’t’t in attendance and that the statement says that he’s undergoing treatment at MGH, I’d have to believe he’s undergoing inpatient treatment. Hospital stays are no fun.

One thing I noticed having spent some time watching the Predators was that in the third they played at a pace that suggested they wanted to win more than the Bruins, like they were hungry. It was their modus operandi in the playoffs and I could see it again. Of course, execution plays a huge role in whether or not you pull off the win, and theirs was sloppy until the final couple of minutes. Even when they were on the power play with Pekka Rinne out of the net, they allowed a SHG by Brad. But who cares because the Press aren’t our team.

It’s super late and I’m tired. You guys can discuss this win all you want.

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