For the first time this season, after a lengthy lockout, the Boston Bruins and the rest of the NHL get to play some puck in an abbreviated season.
The first on the docket were the New York Rangers. A long-time Original Six rivalry, last season favored the Rangers having taken three of the four matchups.
Most notable in the Boston lineup, Tuukka Rask is now the starting goalie with Tim Thomas sticking with his sabbatical from the 2012-13 season.
Also in the lineup, 2010 first round draft pick Dougie Hamilton was playing in hopes that he will remain with the squad.
As expected, both teams were a little rusty, but the Black and Gold seemed to be the sharper of the two. Given the shortened season, each team knows that as soon as the opening puck was dropped, no team can afford little mistakes or to chance any lengthy losing streaks.