|Post-concussion symptoms for Savard means Seguin will stick to center||09.17.10 at 1:17 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday at TD Garden that Marc Savard notified him late in the summer that he is suffering from “symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome.” As a result, Savard, who is in Boston with his teammates as they open training camp, will not skate. The symptoms shown by the veteran center are undoubtedly a result of the March 7 hit from Penguins forward Matt Cooke.
Chiarelli said that as a result of the setback, second overall pick Tyler Seguin, expected to be moved to wing given the team’s depth at center, will stick to his original position for the time being.
“I suspect any time missed from camp for Savvy will have to be made up, just from pure conditioning and catching up,” Chiarelli said. “We’ll take it day by day, but we’re looking at other lineups now, with and without Savvy.”
Chiarelli noted that it’s been a few weeks since Savard has been able to work out after training hard throughout the earlier part of the offseason. His teammates and coach are hoping for a speedy recovery.
“It’s unfortunate,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “Right now we’re missing a real good player. …I think it’s pretty unanimous in our group that we want him back as soon as possible.”
Patrice Bergeron, no stranger to concussions when considering the 2007 hit from behind from Flyers Randy Jones, said he was made aware of the development on Friday and that he wishes Savard the best despite not having all the details. He didn’t know how to explain the negative turn Savard’s recovery has taken, but chalked that up to the nature of the injury.
“It’s so different from one guy to another with concussions. It’s hard to tell and that’s why it’s hard to treat,” Bergeron said. “That’s why doctors never really know what can and cannot happen. To me, it happened that way that it took me a long long time, that more than Savvy, and it didn’t come back but Savvy’s is coming back. It’s never the same, but I’m supporting him and I just want him to feel better.”
|Training camp underway||at 10:14 am ET|
After a couple weeks of captain’s practices and three days of rookie skating in anticipation of Wednesday and Thursday’s victories over the Islanders youngsters, the Bruins officially open training camp on Friday morning at the Garden with fitness testing. Peter Chiarelli, Claude Julien, and the players will speak following the session, so keep it here for their comments and news as it comes.
The team has optional ice at 1:30 Friday, but that will be closed to the public and the media. For those interested in getting their first look at Nathan Horton in a Bruins uniform, camp will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Wednesday and Thursday will mark the team’s first two preseason games, when they play the Canadiens in Montreal and Panthers in Rochester. They have two home exhibitions, taking place on the 25th and 29th against the Panthers and Capitals, respectively.
|Overtime for rookie game||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.
|Spooner avoids the post the second time around||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.
|Bruins rookies wrap up win||09.15.10 at 9:21 pm ET|
BOSTON — The Bruins added two and Islanders one in the third period, and the B’s ended up taking the first of two rookie games at the Garden, 5-2. Though Tyler Seguin picked up second assist of the night on Jordan Caron‘s second goal of a hat-trick performance, the attention was on a different center late in the game and for different reasons.
Joe Colborne took an elbow from Islanders forward Justin Dibenedetto more than halfway through the period and bled pretty heavily immediately after the play. There was a fairly large puddle of Colborne’s blood by the Islanders’ blueline and the center added a trail of it as he skated off the ice. Colborne did not return to the game, nor did Dibenedetto, who was given a five-minute major and game misconduct.
The 16th overall selection in 2008 by the Bruins, Colborne played in six games for the Providence Bruins last season after finishing up his second season at the University of Denver. He is considered one of the Bruins’ top prospects and one of whom Peter Chiarelli spoke highly this week.