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’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

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Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 

 

Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

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Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.