HARTFORD, CT It will happen at least six times this season, so perhaps the novelty will wear off eventually.
But there was something inherently old time hockey about both of Ray Bourques sons playing against each other in Hartford while the strains of Brass Bonanza seemed to pipe through the arenas loudspeakers every five minutes.
Heck, even the nine total goals scored in the game seemed like a flashback to a time when hockey players used to routinely light up the NHL scoreboard.
Their Hall of Fame father was in attendance for the brotherly showdown between Chris Bourque and Ryan Bourque, and both of his sons did their hockey thing.
The elder Bourque sibling put up a pair of assists and ran the Providence power play just like his old man, and the younger Bourque brother notched an important first period goal for the Connecticut Whale that helped propel them to a 6-3 victory at the XL Center on Saturday night.
While its pretty clear that most Bruins fans will look at the P-BruinsWhale regular season matchups as a Bourque Family Affair, the two brothers on the ice tried to downplay it as much as possible.
Its always enjoyable to play against your brother and its always a challenge because hes a very good player, said Ryan Bourque. But at the end of the day its not about us. Its about two teams trying to come out on the winning end of things.
The younger Bourque got the early edge with the first period goal created by talented former Boston College standout Chris Kreider, and he ended up getting the last laugh with the final score in the Whales favor. But the Bourque brother wearing the Black and Gold Bruins sweater showed off all the skill, confidence and poise in the final two periods befitting somebody with his last name wearing a Bruins sweater. Bourque ended the second period on a high note for Providence by setting up a power play formation, and then executing a perfect cross-ice pass from the right point to Jordan Caron at the doorstep.
All Caron had to do was tap the puck in for his fourth goal of the season after Bourque had done all the hard work. On the night the P-Bruins were 2-for-6 on the power play and much of that boiled down to Bourques involvement on both PP units as the calming, controlling influence at the point position.
After the first weekend I think weve done a good job with the power play, said Providence coach Bruce Cassidy. We could have scored on every power play tonight. We need the power play. We are making a concerted effort to make it better, and Chris Bourque is doing that for us.
Just look at that play Chris Bourque made with Caron. You need some easy goals on the power play from time-to-time and thats one that he simply made happen for us.
The eldest Bourque son continued to drag Providence back into the game in the third period as he set up a transition play that ended with Max Sauve firing a short-side power play past Connecticut goalie Cam Talbot. That goal cut it to a two-goal deficit for the P-Bruins and put the momentum on the Baby Bs side.
But the hole proved too deep to climb out of even though Providence had somebody named Bourque working for their side, and that seemed pretty important on fun AHL throwback night of hockey.