Originally written January 27, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
Hey guys, this is the first in a weekly column that will take a look back at the week that was in Bruins hockey.  Here we’ll take a look at the team’s performances as well as some interesting stats, stories and videos over the course of the week.  Check back tomorrow where we’ll also take a look at some interesting matchups to look forward to in the coming week. The Bruins were primed for a fast start thanks to the fact that they didn’t have much turnover on their team as well as the fact that 13 of their 20 players played during the lockout.  Other powerhouse teams such as the Rangers and Penguins have struggled to either gel or get their legs under them long enough to put together consistent hockey yet.  In a season where every game has more importance the Bruins look like they’ve been playing since October, racking 7 of a possible 8 points in their first four games. Goal of the week Despite winning three of their first four games the Bruins do have a lot of room for improvement.  They haven’t been able to pull away from teams that they should have (WPG and NYI) and they are the only team in the NHL with one power-play goal through 17 attempts.    Thankfully, the Bruins penalty-kill has yet to allow a goal in their first 17 times shorthanded.  Conventionally, you want your PP+PK to be around 100%, which the Bruins have, but it’d also be nice if the power-play was at least a threat to score.  Hopefully, as Dougie Hamilton grows more comfortable that will be the case. Save of the week A lot of fans were concerned about how Tuukka Rask would handle being the full-time starter.  He led the league in GAA in his one season as the primary starter but has also been hampered by injuries and was the goalie who lost four straight games in the collapse against the Flyers.  Rask has looked great thus far, the Bruins are giving up less than two goals a game, something only four other teams can say thus far. Fight of the week Three Stars 1. Tuukka Rask- 3-0-1 1.96 GAA, .925 SV 2. Milan Lucic- 2G, 1A, 17 PIM, 18 Hits 3. Dougie Hamilton 0G, 3A 11 SOG Rask has been the backbone to the Bruins early success, keeping the Bruins in games with big saves and holding teams to an average of less than two goals per game. Considering so many were worried that the Bruins might miss Tim Thomas, Rask is the most pleasant surprise thus far.  Milan Lucic dispelled all the ‘out of shape’ rumors with the Bruins first goal of the season and has been the Bruins intimidator on the ice while racking up three points in four games.  Finally, Dougie Hamilton, with three assists in his first week of NHL play has been very impressive.  He’s made good outlet passes and jumped into rushes well.  He also has a good, tippable shot that’s a godsend on the power-play.  He does need improvement in front of his own net but that will come with time. Highlights VS Rangers 3-1 VS Jets 2-1 @ Rangers 3-4 OTL Vs Islanders 4-2  

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