Despite the long lockout, the Boston Bruins appeared to be in midseason form in winning their opener. They should have a good chance to make it two in a row with the Winnipeg Jets in town Monday.
The Bruins look to make it 11 straight home victories over a Jets team that, in contrast, looked rusty in dropping its first game.
Boston got goals from Milan Lucic, Daniel Paille and Johnny Boychuk and a strong performance from Tuukka Rask in net as it defeated the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday. The Bruins outshot the Rangers 34-21 and played a physical and sound defensive game despite the long layoff.
Twelve Bruins played in Europe during the lockout, more than any other team.
"It really helped with my conditioning,'' said Boychuk, who played in Austria. "It's good that a lot of guys went over there and got the feel of game play instead of sitting around doing nothing.''
Boston's conditioning appeared to be a factor in holding New York scoreless on a 5-on-3 power play with the Bru...