|Spooner avoids the post the second time around||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.
|Bruins rookies down a goal after first||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.
|Second line sees shakeup with Colborne out||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.
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.
|Light turnout for Thursday’s captains practice||at 10:31 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Captain’s practice continued for the Bruins veterans Thursday morning, but the attendance numbers were way down. A typical session has seen somewhere between 15 and 20 skaters with at least two goalies, but Thursday just seven guys on the ice total. They consisted of Nathan Horton, Gregory Campbell, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Blake Wheeler, David Krejci, and goaltender Nolan Schaefer. Krejci was the first one on the ice, and he spent the first few minutes out there with a crate of pucks taking wrist shots against the boards.
|Colborne has broken nose, chipped tooth||09.15.10 at 10:09 pm ET|
BOSTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said after the team’s 5-2 win over Islanders rookies that Joe Colborne had a broken nose and a chipped tooth that it “doesn’t look like” the center suffered a concussion, adding that the team’s first-round choice in 2008 got stitches in two places on his face.
Chiarelli described Colborne as being lucid after taking what was believed to be a Bruins stick to the face more than halfway through the third period. He left the ice bleeding heavily following a play in which Islanders forward Justin DiBenedetto received a five-minute major and game misconduct.
Asked what the play means for Colborne’s prospects of playing in Thursday’s game, Chiarelli didn’t equivocate, saying “my guess is, yeah, he won’t be playing tomorrow.”
|Seguin on display early on||at 7:52 pm ET|
BOSTON — The packed loge at the Garden was going to cheer for Tyler Seguin one way or another, and after his first period of play in a Bruins uniform, it seems Seguin-mania is only warming up.
Though it’s a small sample size, the first period of the Bruins’ rookie game against the Islanders is the only Bruins game action for Seguin since he was chosen by the team with the second overall draft pick back in June. He looked good — a little tougher than you might expect from a guy with a reputation as being such a natural scorer — and though he got a great reception when Jack Edwards announced his name before the game, the Boston crowd was at its loudest with 4.4 seconds remaining in the period, when Seguin was sent off for interference.
The instincts and physical attributes seem to be all there for Seguin. With the game scoreless after one, Seguin obviously hasn’t netted one yet, but those on hand seem more than willing to wait as they watch their franchise’s hopeful star in action.