Just some quick thoughts as we wait for the second period:
- David Pastrnak is electric tonight. He nearly spun Roman Josi out of the building on one shift, drew a boarding penalty on another and scorched a one-timer for the Bruins’ first goal of the season. Lots of people are hoping for Pastrnak to make the leap to the “next level” this season; if this first period is any indication, he’s itching to get there too.
- Speaking of Pastrnak, not a good play at the end of the period. The puck was in his skates, but he’d have been better off trying to whack it toward the boards instead of making a play in his own slot. Nice shot by Viktor Arvidsson, but I don’t know if Rask ever saw it.
- Rask looked sharp early, making a couple of great saves on low-slot chances.
- The Predators’ road uniforms are really bad. They look like a weird mixture between practice jerseys and a jersey that the designer gave up on halfway through.
- The Bruins, as a team, look faster this year. It’s early, sure, and there’s an opening night boost. But the addition of guys like Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk to the lineup appears to have had an impact.
- The youngsters acquitted themselves well in the first. DeBrusk, in particular, looked great, though some of that can be attributed to the energy brought by Pastrnak.
- Bjork can really fly. He may be able to give Ryan Spooner a run for his money.