What I believe and what I know about the Bruins after four games

The Bruins are 3-1-0 after four games. Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman have each made two starts. Their No. 1 line is humming along as usual. 

They have been good in all areas. Certainly better than Tampa Bay, Toronto and Montreal, three of their expected division rivals.

So let’s get to some facts.

What I believe: Brad Marchand is the best all-around left winger in the business. You could argue that Alex Ovechkin and Artemi Panarin are more dangerous offensive weapons. Gabriel Landeskog and Chris Kreider may be harder to play against because of their punishing power games.

But you will not find a better left winger than Marchand for every situation: five-on-five, power play, penalty kill, last-minute endgame. In the Bruins’ 4-3 win over San Jose on Sunday, Marchand was in the thick of the action as usual. 

In the opening minute, Marchand found a soft spot in the Sharks’ defense. Patrice Bergeron knew it. The center slipped Marchand the puck, and the left winger responded with the opening goal.


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