Brad Marchand factored into almost every goal that the Boston Bruins scored on Thursday night. The left winger had assists on Boston's first three goals and then he scored the next two directly himself. The only goal that he didn't factor into was Boston's empty netter with about a minute to go. By that time the game was largely at hand.

The 28-year-old will pick up a huge five points in the individual-scoring standings. Meanwhile the Bruins are off to a solid start as they will tally two points in the NHL's team standings. That they won on the road is not surprising given how well Boston played in their away games last year.

Boston were excellenton the road in 2015/16

Last season Boston painfully bubbled in the race for the post-season, finishing three points behind Philadelphia thanks to a poor stretch run. But in their games as visitors Boston went an impressive 25-13-3. They had the most road wins out of all eastern conference teams save one, the Washington Capitals.

However, the Bruins' achilles heel last year was how poorly they played at home. They only went 17-18-6 when hosting games in 2015/16, a record that was the main reason that they failed to make the post-season.

For Columbus the patterns from last season may well be returning as well. They went -33 on goal differential last season and the Blue Jackets were the second-worst team in the league from that perspective.

Posting a three-goal loss in their own rink against a team not really considered to be a powerhouse one this season shouldn't exactly be filling anyone with optimism with thisColumbus team.

Other players had multi-point nights

David Backes and David Pastrnak, both members of the Bruins, also had multi-point nights.

The former had two goals and a helper while the latter had a pair of each. On Columbus, Nick Foligno managed to tally a couple of points in the losing effort.

With nine goals scored total, it was not a memorable night for goaltenders. Tuuka Rask of Boston started the seasonwith a 28 for 31 night (.903).

On the other end of the ice Sergei Bobrovsky didn't get yanked despite giving up five goals (the 6th goal was an empty netter). He'll have to fade a .861 save percentage over the longer term if he's to bring his stats into a respectable range.

What's next for each team?

Next up for Boston is a date with CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. The Bruins will head north of the border to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in what will be a nationally-televised game in Canada (7pm ET, October 15th). Columbus will stay home for the time being. They host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday with Fox Sports regional coverage available (7pm ET).

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