Bruins DeBrusk delivers in opening night win – Lowell Sun
The season couldn’t have started any better for Jake DeBrusk and the Bruins, Saturday at TD Garden.
The Bruins right winger was in the right place at the right time, burying the game-winning goal in the third period, in a 3-1 win over the Dallas Stars, Oct. 18.
Locked in a 1-1 stalemate, the Bruins were looking for a spark and got it from the speedy right winger. Working deep in the offensive zone off a backcheck, DeBrusk drove to the net following a Dallas turnover. Taking the puck of the sideboards, center Erik Haula lofted it to the goalmouth, with both DeBrusk and linemate Nick Foligno chopping away.
It was there that the 6-foot,196-pound winger made his first shot of the 2021-22 season count, rifling a quick backhander past Stars goalie Braden Holtby, giving Boston the 2-1 lead with 15:17 left on the clock, and bringing a sellout crowd of 17,850 to its feet.
“It was electric,” said DeBrusk, 25. “It always great to help the team win. The preseason went well. I just wanted to get on the board as fast as possible.”
The tally comes at a pivotal time in the forwards career, following on-ice inconsistencies that have plagued him for the better part of the past two seasons. This year brings with it a renewed sense of optimism for the Edmonton native. Working with experienced veterans such as all-star forward Foligno and defensive-minded center Haula has certainly helped. The trio have worked seamlessly since training camp, forming an interesting mix on the third line.
“It seems like whatever is going on with our line is working,” DeBrusk said. “Being with Nick and Eric has been very helpful to me. It’s also nice to score in front of the TD Garden (crowd)”
According to Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, DeBrusk continues to make the most of his opportunities.
“Jake is in a good place,” said Cassidy . ”He did a good job. (That goal) was simply playing behind their D winning a footrace, crating that second effort, turning it over then it ends up on his stick in the slot. That’s what we’re trying to preach. You get rewarded a lot making some of those plays.”
According to teammate Brad Marchand, No. 74’s approach this season has been great to see.
“I’m really happy with the way he’s played,” said Marchand. “Jake’s a guy that feeds off confidence and he has it right now, but even in the way he’s carried himself off the ice. He has much better energy about him, a lot more excitement this year. He’s a guy that we need to rely on if we’re going to go far. He can be such a difference-maker with his speed and with his ability to get the pucks to the net. You could see that tonight.”
Goal scoring aside, DeBrusk’s mindset has been something that Marchand has really taken notice of.
“I was more impressed with the details in his game tonight,” Marchand added. “Where he had the puck and turned it over, it creates a loose puck for Foligno and Haula to do their thing. Then he went to the net and got rewarded. Its details. When he takes care of them he’s a Hell of a player.”
And anything less than Jake simply won’t do.