19-year-old Matt Poitras has already made himself a household name through the first ten games of his NHL career with the Bruins.
After his first and second professional goals against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 22 and his third against the Chicago Blackhawks two days later, Boston’s standout center scored another on Saturday night in Detroit.
It was filthy.
Poitras gave Boston a 2-0 lead in the first period by beating Red Wings goalie Ville Husso on a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk in the Detroit zone. The teenage phenom battered the 28-year-old goalkeeper, who ended up halfway out of the crease, sending him sliding to his left as Poitras scored with ease to Husso’s right. Husso expected a forehand shot, but the rookie got a backhand to double the Bruins’ lead in the first period.
The goal was Poitras’ sixth point of the season, his first since Boston announced he would be other with the Bruins’ NHL roster on Oct. 31. The team had the option to send him back to its junior team, the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, but opted to keep him in the major leagues.
Boston head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters on Halloween that the team was not ready to send Poitras away given his hot start to his career.
“I think his play deserved it, right? I think we feel comfortable with him,” Montgomery said. “He’s just part of it.”
Montgomery added that there is no guarantee that Poitras will remain with the Bruins for the entire 82-game regular season, but the 19-year-old has already made a strong case for the team to keep him sidelined for the time being.
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