|09.24.10 at 12:45 pm ET|
The Bruins split up into two groups that featured members of both of this preseason’s squads. Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask both took the ice, which is encouraging as we keep an eye on just how many days off Thomas gets as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.
Though it’s still preseason and the team likely isn’t done trying things out, the top two lines on the ice friday were Lucic-Krejci-Horton and Seguin-Bergeron-Recchi. It’s very difficult to imagine those not being the top two lines on Oct. 9 when the team opens the season in Prague against the Coyotes.
The other lines out there on Friday morning consisted of Gregory Campbell, Jamie Arniel and Brian McGrattan, as well as Jordan Caron, Ryan Spooner, and Max Sauve.
|09.24.10 at 1:01 am ET|
A night after beating the Canadiens in Montreal, the Bruins were handed a 3-2 defeat by the Panthers at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. David Booth led the scoring charge for the Panthers with a pair of goals, while former Bruin Dennis Wideman notched a tally of his own.
Steve Kampfer and Jeff LoVecchio scored for the Bruins, who with the loss saw their young preseason record fall to 1-1 on Thursday. The team continues its preseason schedule with a rematch with the Panthers at the Garden on Saturday.
Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell, both of whom were acquired in the deal that sent Wideman to Florida in June, did not face their club of a year ago, as the team elected to separate the roster into two squads to begin the preseason. Both players played in Wednesday night’s game, with Horton picking up a goal agains the Habs.
|09.23.10 at 5:13 pm ET|
According to Kevin Wozniak of Let’s go Amerks, the lines for Thursday night’s preseason game between the Bruins and Panthers are as follows (notice a couple of old friends in the Florida lineup):
David Booth ‘ Stephen Weiss ‘ Michael Frolik
Christopher Higgins ‘ Steven Reinprecht ‘ Cory Stillman
Kenndal McArdle ‘ Marty Reasoner ‘ Byron Bitz
Andrew Peters ‘ Adrian Foster ‘ Bill Thomas
Bryan Allen ‘ Erik Gudbranson
Bryan McCabe ‘ Dimtry Kulikov
Keaton Ellerby ‘ Dennis Wideman
Also, the Bruins won’t have 97th overall pick Craig Cunningham playing in their system this season. Currently at 48 of 50 allowed contracts and over the cap, the Bruins elected not to sign Cunningham, who will return to captain the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. The team has until June 1, 2011 to get a deal done before they lose the 20-year-old’s forward’s rights.
|09.23.10 at 2:11 pm ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dale & Holley on Thursday afternoon. As he prepares to play in the team’s preseason game with the Panthers Thursday night, he took time to shed light on Tyler Seguin, who contributed an assist in the B’s 4-2 victory over the Canadiens Wednesday. Seguin, chosen second overall in the NHL draft in June, has received plenty of attention since coming to Boston, but Thornton said his case is much different than that of top overall pick Taylor Hall.
“It’s not as bad as it probably is in Edmonton [with Hall],” Thornton said of any pressure being placed on the rookie. “The good news is that we’ve had a good team ever since I’ve been here. The team’s been competitive, made it to the second round the last couple of years. He’s not expected to come in and turn this franchise around, whereas some other kids might be when they’re picked in that third, second, or third slot. We have a great bunch of guys. We already have superstars on our team and we don’t need him to step right in and dominate, but if he does, great. We’re going to take it, but I don’t think there’s as much pressure as [one] would think.”
“I’m going into my 14th year and I staple myself to Mark Recchi and follow him wherever he goes,” Thornton said. “He’s going to the Hall of Fame soon enough. There’s a bunch of good vets here, but obviously he’s been around the longest and the type of player that he’s been throughout his whole career is probably a good fit for Tyler to latch on to.”
Next week, the team is set to depart for Belfast on Wednesday, where they will play an exhibition game with the Belfast Giants before heading to Prague for another exhibition and two games with the Coyotes to open the regular season. Thornton said the trip should help team chemistry.
“I’m a big believer in team building and team bonding. I think it helps, especially in our sport,” Thornton said. “I don’t know if any of the other sports are really as team-oriented as hockey. We have a tight bunch of guys to begin with, and given that, it’s going to probably bring us together even more.
“I like the fact that we’re going over there. I’m excited to get to both places, and all the guys — everybody I talk to — are really excited to get over there.”
|09.22.10 at 10:14 pm ET|
Carey Price was replaced halfway through the second period of the Bruins’ and Canadiens’ preseason opener, but that may have been too late. The Bruins scored four goals on the Habs’ netminder, two of which came from Patrice Bergeron, in a 4-2 victory at the Bell Centre. The game featured a short-handed tally from each team, with Rask playing the entire game.
The first period featured the bulk of the Bruins’ scoring, as they went to the first intermission with a 3-0 lead. Nathan Horton, acquired in June in a trade with the Panthers, scored the Bruins’ first goal of the game, beating Habs’ goaltender Carey Price gloveside. The assists went to Matt Bartkowski and Ryan Spooner. Second overall pick Tyler Seguin orchestrated a Johnny Boychuk power play goal that also featured Bartkowski’s second assist, while Patrice Bergeron scored one of his two goals on the night at 15:20 of the period.
The Tyler Seguin – Patrice Bergeron – Mark Recchi line that impressed during Monday’s black/white scrimmage made its debut in the second period. Blake Wheeler, who began the game on Seguin’s wing, was tried at center in the second period. Claude Julien said Wednesday that the team’s plan was to get a look at Wheeler as a center, his position prior to joining the Bruins.
|09.22.10 at 10:26 am ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Wednesday morning that the team released eight players from training camp: Adam Courchaine, Ryan Donald, Michael Hutchinson, Levi Nelson, Tyler Randell, Antoine Roussel, Jordan Smotherman and Cody Wild.
Donald, Smotherman and Roussel were released from their tryout agreements and will report to Providence Bruins training camp. Courchaine, Hutchinson, Nelson and Wild were assigned to Providence. Randell was returned to his junior team, the Kitchener Rangers.
With the cuts, 49 players remain in camp.
|09.21.10 at 11:03 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Wednesday’s roster for their scrimmage vs. the Canadiens. Mark Recchi said on Tuesday that he will play on a line centered by Tyler Seguin, with Blake Wheeler on the other wing. Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton will join Seguin as the notable newcomers to the organization set to face the team’s biggest rivals.
Forwards: Bergeron, Campbell, Caron, Horton, McGrattan, Paille, Recchi, Reich, Sauve, Seguin, Spooner, Wheeler
Defensemen: Bartkowski, Bodnarchuk, Boychuk, Hunwick, McQuaid, Seidenberg
Goaltenders: Rask, Schaefer