Archive for September, 2011

Bruins announce Monday’s roster

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The Bruins have announced their roster for Monday’s game against the Canadiens. Unlike Sunday’s exhibition, this one will be played in Montreal, so the Bruins have left former Hab Benoit Pouliot off the roster, something Claude Julien had previously suggested they might do.

Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Chris Clark, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Rich Peverley, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Colby Cohen, Andrew Ference, Steven Kampfer, Dennis Seidenberg

Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask

Bruins defeat Habs in third preseason game

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The Bruins scored in all different ways, shapes and forms Sunday night in Halifax as they defeated the Canadiens, 7-3.

Zdeno Chara and Daniel Paille each had shorthanded goals, while Brad Marchand, who hails from Halifax, scored on the power play. The B’s also received goals from Joe Corvo, Gregory Campbell, Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron. Anton Khudobin played goal for the Bruins.

The B’s will play the Habs again on Monday, as the Bruins will return to the Bell Centre for the first time since losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Nathan Horton, Joe Corvo to make preseason debuts Sunday

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The Bruins’ roster for Sunday night’s game against the Canadiens in Halifax features a couple of guys who have not yet played this preseason. Both Nathan Horton and Joe Corvo will make their preseason debuts. The roster is as follows:

Forwards: Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Chris Clark, Zach Hamill, Nathan Horton, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Benoit Pouliot, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Shawn Thornton, Trent Whitfield

Defensemen: Joe Corvo, Zdeno Chara, Zach McKelvie, Adam McQuaid, Steve Kampfer, David Warsofsky

Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask

Bruins release Dougie Hamilton, Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner, 11 others from camp

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The Bruins made 14 cuts Friday night, and they’re rather significant.

Andrew Bodnarchuk, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Kirk MacDonald, Nathan McIver, Kevan Miller and Jamie Tardif will head to Providence, while Dougie Hamilton, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner will return to the OHL.

Pretty surprising to see Spooner, who lasted deep into last year’s camp, go back this soon. He and Knight figured to have the best (albeit slim) shots at potentially making the OHL to NHL leap for the B’s. This is good news for the likes of Chris Clark and Jordan Caron.

David Krejci doesn’t know who Justin DiBenedetto is

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Bruins first-line center David Krejci received a fighting major late in Friday night’s preseason game, and no, Benoit Pouliot was not involved.

After Krejci hit an Islanders player along the boards, he was jumped by Islanders youngster Justin DiBenedetto, and after a brief tussle in which Krejci never dropped his gloves, both players were handed five-minute majors.

“I had my helmet on, my gloves on. I just got jumped from behind, and that was it,” Krejci said, noting that his hit was clean. “He fell on me, and I didn’t have a chance to do anything. I don’t even want to fight. It’s a preseason game. Come on, it’s the first game back. I want to get my timing. I don’t even know what the — who the guy is, to tell you the truth.

“I don’t know who that kid is,” he added. “I understand he’s battling for a spot on the roster. I understand that, but I don’t want to comment on that. I don’t know that kid. I don’t think I’ve ever played against him before, so we’ll see what happens.”

Bruins take second preseason game, 6-3

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Brad Marchand showed Friday night that he can perform in the preseason, too.

The 23-year-old beat Islanders backup goalie Anders Nilsson of 8:17 of the third period to give the Bruins their first lead of the night, and it opened the door to a late surge that resulted in a 6-3 Bruins victory Friday at TD Garden. The B’s also got third-period goals from Johnny Boychuk and Rich Peverley.

The Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from forward Dylan Reese from the right circle. The first goal came on their first shot of the game, with Tim Thomas allowing two goals on six shots in the first period.

The Bruins would end up tying it up in the second period, as a power play goal from Krejci and a tally from Bergeron came just over a minute apart. The Islanders grabbed a 3-2 lead when Trevor Frischmon buried a rebound past Thomas late in the second period. With starting goalie Rick DiPietro being replaced by Nilsson to begin the third period, Dennis Seidenberg made it 3-3 before Marchand scored the game-winner. Boychuk and Peverley would provide the insurance.

As the Bruins had planned, Thomas played the entire game. Here are some quick notes on the contest:

- Claude Julien played the same second lien he did for a good chunk of the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals, sticking Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley. Peverley had a four-point night.

Before people start going crazy saying that needs to be the second line, here’s an early objection. There’s no doubt that Peverley complements the other two well, but if I’m the Bruins I make sure there’s no way Tyler Seguin fits before I try anyone else in that spot. Playing with a guy like Bergeron might make Seguin demand a little more of himself, especially as far as going in the corners goes. Plus, with Seguin’s skill, he’ll eventually belong in the top six.

- Jared Knight had a wicked wrister that beat Nilsson but rang off the post with a little over 6:30 remaining in the game. He played on a line with Krejci and Milan Lucic for the majority of the game.

- Benoit Pouliot played most of the game on a line with Alexander Khokhlachev and Lane MacDermid. The line was fairly sloppy, and late in the game Pouliot saw some time with Krejci and Lucic.

- A couple of Islanders with Boston ties had big nights. Reese played his college hockey at Harvard, while Burlington native and former Boston University star Jay Pandolfo had a secondary assist on the Islanders’ third goal.

- The Bruins’ power play went 2-for-6. Go nuts.

- How’s this for preseason hockey? Islanders coach Jack Capuano actually called a timeout in the midst of a four-shot second period for the Islanders after the Bruins had tied the game at two. For what it’s worth, the Islanders would end up scoring to take the lead.

Joe Corvo confident he’ll get into games soon

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Joe Corvo hasn’t seemed overly worried about the tight groin that caused him to leave Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage and sit out Wednesday’s practice. After the entire team was given the day off Thursday, the veteran defenseman skated Friday and said he is confident that his preseason debut isn’t far away.

“Yeah, for sure,” Corvo said of whether he feels he could get into one of the Bruins’ upcoming games. “I skated today, just to see how it feels. It feels fine. There’s nothing there anymore, so yeah, it’s good. I should be ready. It’s up to the coaches.”

Corvo said Wednesday that the tight groin is an injury he had last year in training camp, and that it was just a sign of fatigue that goes away with a combination of rest and icing.