Rask gets start against Hurricanes

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Rask gets start against Hurricanes

BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice for the Bruins during Tuesdays morning skate, and should be between the pipes for the Bs against the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden tonight. Rask is 0-1-0 this season after a hard luck 1-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but has a .972 save percentage and 1.02 goals against average headed into his second start of the season.

The goaltending partnership between Rask and Tim Thomas has developed as expected thus far this season: the Bruins are third in the league thus far with a .942 save percentage and fourth in the NHL with a 1.80 goals against average.

Coach Claude Julien continued to maintain that its about the Bruins worrying about themselves and finding their own game rather than what the Hurricanes can bring to the table against them in their home-and-home rematch.

Right now the state of our team is about how were going to play, said Julien. Right now were not in a position to worry about the other team. Instead its exactly about what we have to do to go out there and be a better team. In Chicago we thought about the process we had to go through to have success, and it came around. We have to keep doing that until we find our game and feel confident about it.

Until then were a work in progress right now.

With the Bruins work in progress efforts continuing tonight as they begin a stretch with 10 out of 12 games at TD Garden, here are the expected lines for tonight after Tuesdays morning skate:

Lucic-Seguin-Horton
Marchand-Bergeron-Peverley
Pouliot-Kelly-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Ference-Corvo
Seidenberg-Bartkowski

Rask
Thomas

Tomas Kaberle informed reporters after the Tuesday morning skate that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gave the former Bruins defenseman his Stanley Cup ring this morning in Boston.

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.