|Bruins take second preseason game, 6-3||09.23.11 at 9:30 pm ET|
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||09.23.11 at 2:31 pm ET|
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.
|Bruins plan to let Tim Thomas play entire game Friday||09.23.11 at 2:21 pm ET|
After giving Tuukka Rask the entire game on Wednesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said his plan for Friday is to let reigning Vezina winner Tim Thomas play the entire 60 minutes Friday against the Islanders.
“I think the goal is to do that, but I said the same thing to Tuukka, that we can talk between periods and if you feel good, you keep going,” Julien said. “I think it gives them an opportunity to get their game shape back, but at the same time, if they happen to feel a little bit of fatigue and stuff like that, you certainly don’t want to get those guys injured.”
Rask made 34 saves on 36 shots in Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Senators.
|Claude Julien expects Bruins to make more cuts after Islanders game||09.23.11 at 2:05 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien indicated after Friday’s practices that a second round of cuts may come after Friday’s preseason game against the Islanders.
“I think we’re going to be minimizing our roster I guess starting probably after tonight’s game,” Julien said Friday. “There’s a possibility there. A lot of that depends on the game tonight and who shows well, and etc., etc. The number we anticipate may be changed, but I think there might be some changes made after tonight’s game and leading into that trip to Halifax we’ll minimize our group a little bit.”
The Bruins made six cuts on Wednesday, sending Tyler Randell, Yannick Riendeau, Stefan Chaput, Calle Ridderwall and Kyle MacKinnon to Providence and Anthony Camara back to Saginaw of the OHL.
|When will Nathan Horton play?||09.23.11 at 1:53 pm ET|
Bruins forward Nathan Horton will be one of two Bruins regulars to have not played either of the Bruins’ first two preseason games. While defenseman Joe Corvo is coming off a tight groin that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice, Horton has not missed a practice since training camp opened.
It would appear, then, that the B’s are easing Horton back into game action a step slower than they are with his teammates. Horton is coming off a concussion and separated shoulder, the latter of which plagued him in the postseason and the former of which ended his postseason.
“I mean, I’m fine right now,” Horton said after skating with non-game players on Friday. “I’m just trying to get used to things. We haven’t had a lot of hitting and stuff. I’m definitely going to get back into action sooner or later, but we’ve still got [4 games after Friday].”
More to come on Horton.
|B’s set to play on Garden ice for first time since Game 6||09.23.11 at 12:09 pm ET|
It won’t be as hectic an environment on Oct. 6’s season-opener, but on Friday the Bruins will play in front of their home crowd for the first time since June 13. That was the day of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, a day B’s fans will forever remember, and a day Roberto Luongo would love to forget.
Over three months and one Cup later, there’s no doubt that those on hand will greet the defending champs with cheers of both support and gratitude. Even if the game doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things, the B’s hope their energy can match that of the fans.
“It’s always nice to be playing at home, in front of our fans,” captain Zdeno Chara said after Friday’s practice. “I’m sure they’re very excited, so we just need to have a good performance.”
Added defenseman Johnny Boychuk: “We’ve had a lot of support throughout the summer since we won, and I don’t expect it to die down at all.”
It will be interesting to see how one of the newcomers in Benoit Pouliot is received. The former Canadien in the lineup for Friday and will play in front of the Garden crowd for the first time as a Bruin.
|Zdeno Chara ready to leg it out vs. Islanders||09.23.11 at 11:58 am ET|
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will be among the B’s making their preseason debuts Friday night at TD Garden when the defending Stanley Cup champions hope the Islanders. After an injury scare earlier in the week, he’s happy he won’t have to watch it from the press box.
Chara was hit in the inside of the left leg in Monday’s practice and left the skate with a contusion. He was among those to skip Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage and was left off Wednesday night’s roster for the preseason opener, though he returned to practice that same day.
“I’m very glad that it wasn’t [serious]. Obviously, it’s something that you’ll worry about when it does happen, but I was pleased in a good way that it wasn’t as bad as it looked,” Chara said Friday. “It took all the necessary steps to make sure it was nothing major. It isn’t, so we’ll have to still treat it. Nothing really major.”
Chara said that as he continues to play and practice, he’ll monitor the leg and treat where necessary.
“You have to do different things,” he said. “Obviously, icing is one of them. Doing a little bit of other things that make the swelling go down and away. Obviously, the pain is just a factor that I can handle. As far as the swelling and being able to have the full range of motion, that’s the key.”
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