The Bruins didn’t bring their fire and brimstone game early in a sleepy Saturday matinee in Ohio but they ended things strong with some closing finish in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

Loui Eriksson enjoyed his best game with the Bruins and lifted a wobbling backhander past Sergei Bobrovsky on the short side in the third period to register his first goal as a member of the B’s. More importantly the Eriksson marker was also the game-winner for the Black and Gold in pushing them to 3-1 on the young season.
Eriksson led the Bruins with six shots on net over the course of the game and really seemed to finally hone in on that chemistry with Patrice Bergeron that eluded him in the first few games.

The Blue Jackets opened up the scoring in the first period when Tuukka Rask never picked up a Jack Johnson power play blast from the right point with Artem Anisimov camped in front of the net. The Bruins tied the game at the end of the second period on a Chris Kelly blast from just inside the blue line that beat Bobrovsky after he’d just come out of the penalty box.

Otherwise things were up to Tuukka Rask to hold the line in a tight hockey game and he did just that in outdueling the reigning Vezina Trophy winner from Columbus. Rask didn’t see a high volume of shots but had a few that stood out: a flashy glove save on Mark Letestu in the second period after a Brad Marchand turnover at the offensive blue line and slamming the door shut on an R.J. Umberger wraparound in the third period.

Milan Lucic added the empty net score in the closing seconds of regulation to complete the final score.