Chris Bourque took a baby step out from behind his legendary father's long shadow at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night.
He connected for his first goal as a Bruin and then watched it stand up as the lone goal in a thorough, 1-0 win over the Maple Leafs.
A healthy scratch Thursday night, obviously pressing after going without a point in his first six games in Black and Gold, Bourque returned to the left side of the Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley line. In return, all three forwards had their names on what was only the second NHL goal of Bourque's career.
"It's a huge weight off me, to be honest,'' said a beaming Bourque, whose only other NHL strike came with the Capitals more than four years ago.
"I've been putting pressure on myself to score, and this really felt good to contribute. I knew I had the capability of doing it, but it's a matter of going out there and getting it done.''
Front to back, it was one of the Bruins' best showings of the new season. Tuukka Rask made 21 saves for his 12th career shutout, while the Bruins peppered the Leafs' James Reimer with 34 shots. It was a strong reversal from two nights earlier when Boston's defensive game, in the opinion of coach Claude Julien, went "brain dead'' in a lackluster 7-4 loss to the Sabres at TD Garden.
Chris Bourque delivers, Rask gets shutout in win over Leafs
Boston Globe | Feb 3