Eriksson heating up in November
Many Bruins fans were probably frustrated with the play of Loui Eriksson early on this season-the big return on investment the Black and Gold received in the Tyler Seguin deal, but Eriksson has three goals and seven assists in 11 games during the month of November along with a plus-3.
Eriksson now has five goals and eight assists on the season. His line mate Brad Marchand continues to struggle so it is very important that ‘Loui’ picks up some of the load.
Monday night against the powerhouse Pittsburgh Penguins, Eriksson may have turned in his best game in a Bruins sweater. He finished the game with one goal and two assists, a plus-1 and led the team with five shots on net.
It was his nifty move on the B’s first goal where he received a pass and put it between his own legs on the go in which he then beat Marc-Andre Fluery that may have Bruins fans believing in Eriksson again.
Eriksson was asked if it was nice to finally get a ‘pretty’ goal with his new teammates.
“For sure, I think it was the first breakaway I got this year so it was nice to get that and see that it went in too was nice,” Eriksson said.
Eriksson may not want November to end as it has been his most productive month so far with his line mates as they get more familiar with one another.
“Yeah, it feels good and I think there are still some things we can do a little bit better and find a consistency and play that every game,” Eriksson said. “If we create chances out there we know we’re going to score goals. That has to be our mindset to just go out there and create chances and play the game we should and I think if we do that, we will be good.”
Teammate Johnny Boychuk praised Eriksson’s effort after last night’s win versus the Penguins as well.
“Well I mean, he scored a nice goal tonight so I mean he’s on the number one power-play and he’s playing well offensively,” Boychuk said. “When you’re doing that you’re playing well, scoring and having those confidence goals and he did the same thing tonight.”
Eriksson gave a lot of credit to his success tonight to fellow Swedish teammate Carl Soderberg who has been on a roll lately as well.
“I played with him a long time ago, but I felt that when he played in Sweden that’s what he’s been doing,” Eriksson said. “It’s really nice to see that he’s playing with confidence and making good plays out there. He made a great pass today on the power-play and even to my goal there. It’s really nice to see that from him and I think he’s getting better and better.”
The Bruins now sit alone atop the Eastern Conference at 16-6-2. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10. Eriksson is having his best month as a Bruin. It is no coincidence the B’s need him to be at his best all the time to play deep into June.
Check out what Eriksson and others had to say after the Bruins overtime win: