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A look at some positives from the Bruins’ last game

It was a loss. Another one. But let’s look on the bright side!

NHL: DEC 12 Bruins at Lightning Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There’s enough negativity around the Bruins right now! Instead, let’s look at some silver linings from the last game.

Presenting...WHAT WENT RIGHT!

  • A strong breakout from Charlie McAvoy with a pass to Brad Marchand ultimately led to the team’s first goal of the night from Patrice Bergeron. That whole sequence was built from McAvoy breaking out of the defensive zone, finding the stick of Bergeron by the benches, and Bergeron deciding to not to dump the puck. Instead, he elected for possession, skating it in and eventually finding find Marchand. It was a great example of what come from clean play in the neutral zone.
  • Right before this, Chris Wagner and Joakim Nordstrom played the body in the neutral zone, leading to the turnover that was eventually picked up by McAvoy, starting the whole first goal sequence.
  • The Bruins seemed particularly strong in that area most of the night, creating opportunities from controlled passing in the neutral zone, notably from David Krejci, Jake DeBrusk and Brett Ritchie. I’m not saying this line was outstanding; rather that they generated some great offensive pressure that started with breakouts out of the neutral zone.

Momentum shifted after Steven Stamkos scored on the power play, and while the Bruins haven’t seen a point out of the last four games, little wins out of losses make for a better afternoon.

Hey, they’re still on top of the Atlantic Division!