Bruins get even with Sabres, take 3-1 decision

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Bruins get even with Sabres, take 3-1 decision

BUFFALO It wasnt nearly as contentious as their first meeting of the season, and perhaps thats why there was a different result.

The Bruins played a good road hockey game entering the third period with a tied score, and used an unlikely weapon, the power play, to take the 3-1 decision over the Sabres at the First Niagara Center.

The game-winner came midway through the third period after Mike Weber was whistled for a penalty, and the Bruins new top PP unit of Zdeno Chara, Rich Peverley, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Bourque and Brad Marchand took the ice for Boston. Bergeron won an offensive zone face-off, Bourque wound up and fired wide left with a point shot that caromed off the end boards right back to Bergeron as he moved to the net.

The Bruins center fired the puck past Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller, and the Bruins had all they would need to give them only one regulation loss in their first 10 games of the season and a three-game winning streak following their loss to the Sabres two weeks ago.

The Bruins had taken a lead in the second period when Brad Marchand snapped his team-leading sixth goal of the year past Millers glove hand. Fired up by some track-talking with Steve Ott, Marchand moved his glove to his lips to give a Shh! motion to the Sabres bench after his score.

The Sabres capitalized on a woeful Bruins power play in the second period by tying the score right after Bostons PP time had concluded. A Bruins defensive breakdown left Tyler Ennis all alone in front of the net and he managed to get a puck past Anton Khudobin after a couple of quick fakes got the goalie flopping in the crease.

Milan Lucic added the empty net goal late in the third to clinch things for the Black and Gold.

Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

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Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

BOSTON – Austin Czarnik is off to a good start at Bruins training camp.

He’s got points in each of the first two exhibition games and just the fact that he’s cracked the B’s lineup in both games tells you that the coaching staff wants to get a long, good look at the undersized forward.

But the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Czarnik brings more than simply a touch of the Napoleon complex after always being told that he was too small to make it to the elite levels of hockey. The 23-year-old clearly can score after posting 20 goals and 61 points in his first pro season in the AHL in Providence last season. He plays with heart, energy and a dogged determination when he’s hunting pucks on the fore-check.

But former P-Bruins head coach and current B’s assistant coach Bruce Cassidy says that Czarnik also brings something a little extra that New England Patriots fans will certainly appreciate.

“As far as being a player goes, he would be, to me, that [Bill] Belichick-type player that you could use in a lot of different situations,” said Cassidy, in clear reference to intelligent utility guys Troy Brown, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman and others that all filled different roles in their time with New England.

“He’s got a very, very high IQ, he’s a quick learner and very coachable,” Cassidy said. “So, he’s a guy you can move around, and he can play with different players. He can play on the penalty kill, he’s good on the power play and especially on the point.

“So there are a lot of different things. I think from night-to-night if you wanted to, you could move him around in your lineup and he could be effective for you. I know he’s a center, but it would be interesting to see if he could play the wing and be effective. That’s something we haven’t really seen. Is that something we maybe attempt down the road? I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out of turn, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he could handle it. He even played for us 6-on-5 as a defenseman with the goalie out. He’s just a smart player, and he understands the game very, very well.”

So, Czarnik is off to a good start in training camp with the Bruins, but we also saw the same thing from him last year as a rookie to pro hockey. 

Now, it’s about seeing whether a smaller player can finish strong as the competition heightens deeper into the preseason, and perhaps he can bring that versatility and feistiness to the NHL level in Boston. 

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong

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Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking forward to watching the Luke Cage Netflix series.

*The Cult of Hockey has no issues with yours truly ranking the Edmonton Oilers 29th out of 30 teams in my first preseason NHL power rankings.

*An interesting piece about Brian McGrattan and his battle with alcohol in his career as an NHL tough guy. I can honestly say having covered him a bit when he was in the Bruins organization that he was one of the scariest dudes I’ve ever talked to in an NHL dressing room. A nice guy, but very intense and always looked like he definitely enjoyed his work on the ice.

*Dennis Seidenberg hopped on with the Hockey Central crew today to talk about his new contract with the New York Islanders.

*PHT writer and Friend of Haggs (FOH) Mike Halford has Guy Boucher with some serious Dion Phaneuf love going on in Ottawa.

*Jack Eichel is oozing confidence and swagger in his second NHL season with Buffalo looking to make a big step up this season.

*Scott Burnside said that the World Cup of Hockey could be coming to an end tonight and I think most predict that it will with a little bit of an anticlimactic thud due to the sheer awesomeness of Team Canada.

*For something completely different: “Aleppo Moment” sounds like a great name for a rock band. Not so much for a Presidential candidate.