|09.15.10 at 8:30 pm ET|
BOSTON — Two periods are in the books here at the Garden, and the second was far busier than the first. There was plenty of fighting and post-whistle scraps, with Ryan Donald in the center of the headlining brawl, one in which he and Alex O’Neil let each other have it pretty handily. The former Yale defenseman left the ice with a good amount of blood on his face.
Tyler Seguin didn’t drop the gloves, but wasn’t afraid to shove Islanders forward Rhett Rakshani after he was bumped following an offsides call on Seguin. The rookie forward hasn’t seemed thrilled with the refs, who also got him on an interference call to end the first.
The Bruins tallied three goals in the period, with Jordan Caron and Max Sauve netting the first two. Seguin picked up an assist on a neutral zone pass to Lane MacDermid, who walked in on Islanders goalie Mikko Koskinen and put a top-shelf wrister past him. Nino Niederreiter picked up the lone Islanders’ goal.
|09.15.10 at 7:52 pm ET|
BOSTON — The packed loge at the Garden was going to cheer for Tyler Seguin one way or another, and after his first period of play in a Bruins uniform, it seems Seguin-mania is only warming up.
Though it’s a small sample size, the first period of the Bruins’ rookie game against the Islanders is the only Bruins game action for Seguin since he was chosen by the team with the second overall draft pick back in June. He looked good — a little tougher than you might expect from a guy with a reputation as being such a natural scorer — and though he got a great reception when Jack Edwards announced his name before the game, the Boston crowd was at its loudest with 4.4 seconds remaining in the period, when Seguin was sent off for interference.
The instincts and physical attributes seem to be all there for Seguin. With the game scoreless after one, Seguin obviously hasn’t netted one yet, but those on hand seem more than willing to wait as they watch their franchise’s hopeful star in action.
|09.15.10 at 6:58 pm ET|
BOSTON — As expected, the Bruins have four players as healthy scratches for their rookie game at the Garden against the Flyers: forwards Yannick Riendeau, Walker Wintoneak, defenseman Alain Goulet, and goalie Michael Hutchinson. Look for the same lines as used in practice this week and Adam Courchaine between the pipes.
In other news, it’s both awesome and unusual to hear NESN’s Jack Edwards manning the PA tonight.
|09.15.10 at 5:45 pm ET|
BOSTON — So the photography isn’t all the way there yet, but it’s a work in progress. This one’s probably on par with the captain’s practice picture from this morning. See that poorly circled white dot above the Bruins’ blue line? That’s center Joe Colborne sitting by himself on the Bruins bench in shorts and a t-shirt looking at the empty ice at the TD Garden. The 16th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, Colborne hasn’t exactly been reserved in discussing his excitement for these two games against Islanders on the Bruins’ home ice this week.
Other Bruins youngsters have trotted out to the bench, taking it all in before they taking it to the ice in front of an expected crowd of around 10,000. Click here for Tuesday’s video of Colborne talking about skating on the Garden ice.
|09.15.10 at 3:15 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Dr. Bryan T. Kelly may practice in New York, but he’s certainly had a hand in determining the health of Boston athletes. The same orthopedic surgeon who surgically repaired Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell‘s hip following the 2008 season, Kelly most recently repaired a torn labrum in Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas‘ left hip.
Now 36, Thomas figures to compete for playing time with Tuukka Rask while also working towards a clean bill of health. He has indicated throughout the week that ultimately the coaches and trainers will determine how hard he goes in practice and how much pre-season action he sees, but Thomas was on the ice Wednesday for Bruins captain’s practice with Rask.
Less than two months of age separate Thomas and Lowell. The 2007 World Series MVP is set to retire following the season, but Thomas, a Vezina winner just two seasons ago, doesn’t plan on considering retirement until his current deal expires in 2013.
Though the have their age, reputations, respective torn labrums, and an orthopedic surgeon in common, Thomas sees the similarities ending there, especially when looking at his recovery.
“Mike Lowell had already had arthritis. Mine didn’t have it, but with that injury I had, my chances of getting it had gone way up,” Thomas said Wednesday. “By the way they were able to do the surgery, my chances of arthritis in that hip are no higher than the average person, so that’s great.”
Looking at his recovery, Thomas has been encouraged by the amount of time he’s been able to spend on the ice to this point. Though he did caution that “it’s the human body and it’s going to do what it wants to do,” being able to take shots and work with teammates has been a welcomed task, especially when contrasted with the thought of the alternative.
“The hip’s done well enough that that hasn’t been the case,” Thomas said. “I’ve been able to partake in regular stuff. ‘¦ I’ve rarely had to be out there by myself.
“Being out there in a regular practice and not being able to do what you want, that drives you crazy because it’s the highest level in the world,” Thomas added. “‘¦ Pretty good’s not enough at this level.”
Thomas said the plan is still for him to be fully recovered by the time the Bruins open the regular season in Prague against the Coyotes on Oct. 9.
Rob Bradford contributed to this report.
|09.15.10 at 12:33 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas indicated Wednesday at captain’s practice that he sees himself retiring after his current deal expires. Thomas, 36, is entering the second season of a 4-year, $20 million contract signed following his Vezina season in 2008-09 season.
“If I had to speculate right now, I’d say odds are probably yeah,” Thomas told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, while also adding that how he recovers from offseason hip surgery will go a long way in determining whether he attempts to play into his 40’s. Thomas will turn 39 in the last year of his deal.
“It all depends. I just had a major hip surgery. If I’m fortunate the next three years and I don’t have any other injuries, it makes it easier to play another year or two,” Thomas said. “If I happen to have injuries ‘¦ it’s never easy if you want to be able to walk by the time you’re done.”
Thomas is shooting to be 100 percent by the time the team opens the season on October 9 in Prague. In parts of six seasons, Thomas has compiled a 126-91 record with a 2.61 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
Rob Bradford contributed to this report.
|09.15.10 at 12:10 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The process of acclimation continues for Nathan Horton, who has been out there for each of the Bruins’ captains practice. Though he will technically be a newcomer come Friday’s opening of training camp, Horton, acquired in June from the Panthers, has been everywhere for the Bruins since arriving in town. In addition to his aforementioned attendance on the ice, he’s participated in charity events and has thrown out the first pitch at Fenway Park.
One of his more recent adventures around New England came Monday, when he and Milan Lucic delivered tickets to a season-ticket holder. Though his teammates are plenty familiar with the winger, Horton understands the fans may not quite have his mug memorized.
“We did surprise them. I’m not sure they knew somebody was coming, and then it was me and Milan,” Horton said. “[I don’t think] they know my face real well, but they know him and they were pretty excited.”
Wednesday night Horton will try his luck in Marco Sturm‘s charity poker tournament. Though the getting-to-know-you process has been an enjoyable ride thus far, Horton’s ready to get down to business on Friday.
“It hasn’t started yet,” Horton said of his new job. “It’s been fun till now, but once Friday comes I think it will be a little more serious. It’s been fun though. I get to do a lot of stuff and see a lot of the things in Boston.”