|09.16.10 at 9:32 pm ET|
BOSTON — Ryan Spooner put one through the five-hole of Kevin Poulin with 38.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Bruins past the Islanders, 2-1, in front of 14,180 at the TD Garden on Thursday night. It was his second goal of the game. Check back here for postgame quotes and news.
|09.16.10 at 9:23 pm ET|
BOSTON — The Bruins and Islanders were still knotted up at one goal apiece following three periods of play, so it will be a five-minute sudden death period of four-on-four, followed by a shootout if necessary. The Islanders have outshot the Bruins thus far, 33-29.
|09.16.10 at 8:45 pm ET|
BOSTON — While his teammates took to the ice against the Islanders on Thursday night, Joe Colborne took a view minutes to talk with media members on hand at the Bruins’ second rookie game, a contest he would have played in were it not for him getting cut up pretty badly in Wednesday’s game.
Colborne sported stitches both in and on his nose and the area around his mouth looked pretty swollen as he spoke, but he indicated that he did not have a broken nose, which what was initially assumed by the Bruins following the first rookie game. He had a CT scan performed and underwent a test to gauge whether he may have suffered a concussion, but said that nothing worrisome came from any of the tests.
It was a little over halfway through the third period when Colborne caught either a Justin DiBenedetto elbow or a Bruins stick to the nose in a well-crowded play, leaving a pool of blood by the Islanders’ blue line and an additional winding trail as he woozily skated off the ice.
Though he admitted to feeling a bit out of it following the play, the prognosis certainly wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it could have been, especially considering how heavily Colborne was bleeding following the play. Fans held their breath as Colborne eventually left the ice, the trickling blood unrelenting, and when he watched it himself, he could see why.
“I just saw the hit for the first time,” Colborne said. “After seeing that and how I got up, having no damage or anything, I feel pretty fortunate.”
“It’s hockey, it’s a rough game, and it will happen,” he added. “I wish wish I was out there right now, but hopefully I’ll meet up with that guy sooner or later.”
Colborne said that both of his parents were in attendance for the game. He didn’t want his mother to worry too much after seeing that play, and given that Colborne recently had a friend lose his legs in a car accident, the injury was put in perspective for the entire family.
“She wasn’t too happy, obviously, but it’s not the first time I’ve been cut,” Colborne said. “Worse things could have happened, I told her. It could have been a knee or a shoulder, or something like that.”
Though the stitches and swelling won’t win him a beauty contest, Colborne and the Bruins are right to appreciate that no damage was done either to cartilage or neurologically. The Bruins’ first-round choice in the 2008 draft, Colborne said he will wear a cage when he does return to the ice, which he figures will be Saturday.
With Colborne sitting out for the 2-1 overtime victory, he missed an opportunity to play under Providence coach Rob Murray for an eighth time. In addition to Wednesday’s contest, Colborne played six games for the AHL club. If he has anything to say about it, he will keep that number at seven by earning a big league spot. Either way, all parties involved are lucky that Colborne will be healthy enough to try to prove himself from the getgo.
|09.16.10 at 8:32 pm ET|
BOSTON — After hitting the post on a three-on-one earlier in the period, Ryan Spooner made good on a knuckling Max Sauve rebound to make it a tie game as the Bruins and Islanders prepare for the third period. Spooner batted the floating rebound down and past Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin.
As expected, the game did get a little more physical in the second period, with Islanders forward Travis Hamonic getting tossed for getting his second fighting major of the series. He took a few heavy blows from Lane MacDermid.
The Bruins outshot the Islanders, 10-8, in the period, but still have 14 to New York’s 20.
|09.16.10 at 7:53 pm ET|
BOSTON — Islanders forward Tony Romano sniped the only goal of the game thus far past Michael Hutchinson from the dot and the Bruins finished the first period down 1-0 Thursday.
Yury Alexandrov took a hooking penalty with 47.8 seconds remaining in the first period, so the Bruins will take the ice in the second down a man for the second consecutive night. The rest of the first 20 minutes was a lot less chippy than Wednesday’s game, though the rough stuff didn’t really kick in until the second period in the first rookie game. Ryan Donald was unsurprisingly aggressive and appeared to get scrappy with Rhett Rakhshani, but had the two squared off, Donald would have been given a game misconduct per the two-fighting-major rule of the rookie games.
All was relatively quiet on the Seguin watch, though he did pull a nifty move in kicking a puck from behind him onto his forehand. It would have been an interesting play anywhere on the ice, but he did it on the blue line and managed to stay onsides. The ensuing shot went wide of Kevin Poulin, but fans got a kick out of it nonetheless. The Islanders outshot the Bruins in the period, 12-4.
|09.16.10 at 6:44 pm ET|
BOSTON — Michael Hutchinson‘s presence between the pipes Thursday night won’t be the only difference in the Bruins’ lineup when their rookies take on the Islanders youngsters in their second and final rookie game. Tyler Seguin‘s line with Jared Knight and Jamie Arniel remains in tact, but with Joe Colborne out with a possible broken nose, the second line is now centered by Craig Cunningham with Lane MacDermid and Jordan Caron once again on the wings. The third line consists of Ryan Spooner between Max Sauve and Tyler Randell, with the final line being comprised of Joe Plekaitis in the middle of Walker Wintoneak and Yannick Riendeau.
The defensive pairings were the same in warmups as last night. Ryan Donald is out there with Yury Alexandrov, Steve Kampfer is paired with Matt Delahey, and Ryan Button will skate with Matt Bartkowski.
A night after Mikko Koskinen got the start in net for the Islanders, 2008 fifth-round pick Kevin Poulin is manning the pipes.
|09.16.10 at 12:57 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The six Bruins skaters that showed up to the final captain’s practice only had one target to shoot on, but David Krejci didn’t wait for Nolan Schaefer or the rest of his teammates to take the ice. Krejci, still recovering from surgery on his right wrist, made the ice his driving range early on Thursday, taking a crate of pucks and firing an estimated 100 shots against the wall.
The center admitted to having some soreness following the session, but noted that the pain came with the increased workload.
“My average is five shots at most a game,” Krejci said. “I took a hundred today.”
He took mostly wrist shots, and by the time he’d moved onto slap shots, his teammates had joined him on the ice and they broke into a very relaxed session of light offensive drills.
Asked what he made of the poor turnout, Krejci pointed to Friday’s early wakeup call for fitness testing as a reason why players would be wise to rest up. The Bruins have been keeping busy between the voluntary practice sessions, Monday’s golf tournament, and Marco Sturm’s poker tournament Wednesday night.
“I lost badly,” Krejci said of the poker tournament. With it being set up as having one Bruin per table, Krejci was fortunate that none of his teammates could knock him out. Krejci said ultimately he wasn’t concerned with winning, but that the poker players that showed up for the $250 buy-in definitely varied in skill level. The event, which featured over a dozen Bruins including Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Tuukka Rask, benefitted the Franciscan Hospital for Children.