|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.
|Fights aplenty, Seguin picks up an assist||at 8:30 pm ET|
BOSTON — Two periods are in the books here at the Garden, and the second was far busier than the first. There was plenty of fighting and post-whistle scraps, with Ryan Donald in the center of the headlining brawl, one in which he and Alex O’Neil let each other have it pretty handily. The former Yale defenseman left the ice with a good amount of blood on his face.
Tyler Seguin didn’t drop the gloves, but wasn’t afraid to shove Islanders forward Rhett Rakshani after he was bumped following an offsides call on Seguin. The rookie forward hasn’t seemed thrilled with the refs, who also got him on an interference call to end the first.
The Bruins tallied three goals in the period, with Jordan Caron and Max Sauve netting the first two. Seguin picked up an assist on a neutral zone pass to Lane MacDermid, who walked in on Islanders goalie Mikko Koskinen and put a top-shelf wrister past him. Nino Niederreiter picked up the lone Islanders’ goal.
|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.
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