“This team prides itself on defense first, and if you want to play on this team you have to focus on that,” he acknowledged. “I tried to really focus on (those) small details: chipping it out, chipping it in, being real solid. I think everyone did that pretty well tonight; that’s probably why we won.
“I think those are the kind of games the Bruins want. All four lines played solid, Tuukka (Rask) played great as usual (in goal) and we got some offense from almost every line. It was a great team effort.”
Bourque will be back in the lineup this afternoon at TD Garden as the Bruins host Winnipeg. He hopes, through his adherence to the team’s defense-first mantra and being able to work cohesively with Kelly and Peverley, that he’s here for the long haul.
“Obviously this is a moment I’ve been thinking about since I was a little kid ... to get that first game out of the way was exciting for me,” said Bourque.
“I know for me it’s about defense first and keeping it simple. If I do those two things, everything else will take care of itself.”