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Three takeaways: Bruins-Maple Leafs

Posted by Bruins Daily Staff  November 10, 2013 12:22 AM

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Dougie Hamilton continues to gain confidence as the second year forward was solid in the Bruins 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs Saturday night. (Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily)

Bruins come out buzzing in the first period

For the first time in what seems like forever, the Bruins came out and played a very good opening period. With the Maple Leafs playing Friday night in Toronto, the Bruins knew a good start to this one was important. The Bruins dominated the Leafs in the first period and it showed as the Bruins carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission while out shooting the Maple Leafs 14-7.

“Yeah I think so. I think they’re—we knew they played last night so I guess we had to take advantage of that and I think we did that but they got back in the second and really pushed back and we had some great chances and Tuukka [Rask] stood tall, but they’re a great team like I said so I thought it was a great effort to get back and get that two points” said Patrice Bergeron who scored twice in the win.

The period was one of the Bruins best all season. It was a very physical and intense period for the Black and Gold. Their first period physicality and speed led to numerous scoring chances. It was certainly “Bruins hockey.”

Net presence continues to work for Chara

Zdeno Chara has three goals on the season, all power play goals and all three have come as a result of Chara’s new role on the Bruins power play. Chara got the Bruins on the board first in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Parked in front of Leafs’ goalie James Reimer, Chara was able to tap home a pass from Jarome Iginla.

“To me he’s always been good but he continues to be good on the power play in front where he takes a lot of space and he keeps a lot of the other team’s guys busy; allowing our guys to move the puck around” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.

“And when he’s around the net he’s getting more and more comfortable at either screening or opening up to get into position to either tip or shoot a puck in. So I thought he was a really good player or us tonight which is one of the players that was probably a game changer.”

If you go back and watch the reply, right off the faceoff Chara heads for the net, an all-around smart play by the Bruins Captain as he was rewarded with his third tally of the season.

Hamilton continues to play with confidence

You can see it with each game, but there is no doubt that Dougie Hamilton is getting better and better as the season rolls along. Coming off a game where he had an assist and a team high five shots on goal in Thursdays 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers, Hamilton was right back at it with another solid game.

“Pretty good. His first part of the year he was in and out a little bit. But he’s played really solid for us and offensively continues to make good decisions, good plays, and very aggressive. Defensively he’s becoming better and better all the time. So he’s a young player – he’s a 20-year-old – but with experience, he’s starting to flourish and he just has to keep going that way” added Julien”

Since returning to the lineup on a full time basis after a few games as the healthy scratch, we have seen a different Hamilton, and that is certainly a good sign for the Bruins. Hamilton has been very solid in his own end, something he has struggled with a bit since being drafted by the Bruins.

Offensively, Hamilton has been good as he has chipped in with three goals and three assists in 16 games so far this season. Even though he only has three assists to show for it his confidence with the puck has led to a handful of Bruins goals this season.

Check out what Hamilton and Iginla had to say after the Bruins' win.

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