|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||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.”
When the Bruins raise their Stanley Cup champions banner against the Flyers on Oct. 6, one Philadelphia villain will be watching from the press box.
Jody Shelley was suspended 10 total games (the remaining five preseason games as well as the first five games of the regular season for his hit on Darryl Boyce in Wednesday’s preseason game between the Flyers and Leafs.
Bruins fans should know Shelley’s name well, as the Flyers forward’s dangerous hit on Adam McQuaid last season earned him an early exit from the two teams’ Dec. 11 meeting as well as a two-game suspension.
Shelley got another two games for sucker-punching Vancouver (and former BC and Bruins) defenseman Andrew Alberts on Dec. 28. This season, he didn’t wait until December to be suspended, and new disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan hasn’t waited long to hand out suspensions.
Shanahan also suspended Flames forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond for the rest of the preseason and one regular season game for hitting Canucks forward Matt Clackson from behind.
The league sent out a couple of released regarding the suspensions late Thursday night, and Shanahan noted that Shelley’s status as a repeat offender played a role in his suspension.
“Shelley hit Boyce squarely from behind into the glass,” Shanahan said in a release sent out by the NHL. “Boyce’s back was turned toward Shelley well before the contact, requiring that Shelley avoid or minimize the check. He did neither.
“Shelley’s two suspensions last season weighed heavily in this decision.”
|Bruins announce Friday’s roster||09.22.11 at 10:11 pm ET|
The B’s have announced which players they’ll dress Friday at TD Garden against the Islanders. The roster is as follows:
Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Zach Hamill, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Steve Kampfer, Zach McKelvie, Dennis Seidenberg
Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tim Thomas
This indicates the tight groin that caused Krejci to leave Wednesday’s practice was a non-factor. Through two games, Joe Corvo and Nathan Horton will be the only two Bruins regulars to not play. Corvo is also dealing with a tight groin, while Horton has not missed a practice since the beginning of training camp.
|Bruins lose preseason opener||09.21.11 at 10:45 pm ET|
The Bruins dropped their preseason opener Wednesday in Ottawa, as they were dropped by the Senators, 2-1, in overtime.
Swedish forward Mika Zibanejad scored the game-winner for the Senators, beating Tuukka Rask 3:17 into overtime. Rask played the entire game for the Bruins, stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced. The other Ottawa goal came from Brian Lee.
Lane MacDermid scored the Bruins’ lone goal.
The Bruins’ next preseason game will be played Friday at TD Garden when the defending Stanley Cup champions host the Islanders.
WILMINGTON — Anthony Camara was the first OHL player returned to his team by the Bruins in this year’s training camp, but coach Claude Julien had some kind words for the team’s third-round pick.
“He’s a pretty tough individual that can play the game. We’ve always said that before. We like to find guys that if they’re going to be guys that are tough hockey players and want to play part of that role, they’ve got to also know how to play hockey,” Julien said of Camara. “That’s why we drafted this guy. He’s got some decent skills, and his skating his actually pretty good. This year was just an experience here for him. He got a taste of what pro hockey is all about. He’s going to come back next year an even better and more comfortable player.”
The 18-year-old Camara will return to the Saginaw Spirit, where he has established himself as one of the league’s top fighters over the last two years. Here’s a video of Camara dropping the gloves with fellow B’s prospect Tyler Randell.
|Bruins expect Tuukka Rask to play full game Wednesday||at 1:09 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that the Bruins expect goalie Tuukka Rask to start the team’s preseason opener against the Senators in Ottawa and play the full 60 minutes.
“He should play the whole 60 minutes barring how he feels and everything else,” Julien said. “We kind of told him we’d gauge it as he goes along, but if he feels good, I’ll probably leave him in there for the whole 60.”
Rask made 15 saves on 16 shots in a little more than a period and a half of Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage.
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