PHILADELPHIA Billed as a showdown between the two best teams in the East, the Bruins once again left little question as to exactly who that is.
The Bruins bested the Flyers on the scoreboard with five goals in the first two periods, and they throttled the Pronger-less Broad Street Bullies in an old-fashioned 6-0 beating at the Wells Fargo Center. With the victory the Bruins are officially the top dog in the Eastern Conference.
Rich Peverley teamed with Benoit Pouliot to score a goal just 27 seconds into the action on the very first shift of the game, and exposed a Flyers team that didnt look ready to play coming off seven wins in a row. Zdeno Chara followed by dropping the gloves with Jody Shelley and pummeling the Flyers tough guy on his very first shift of the game, and the Big Bad Bruins had made their overpowering statement.
Less than 20 seconds later Daniel Paille jumped all over carom off a Dennis Seidenberg shot two minutes later, and the Bruins were up by two goals and rolling. Zdeno Chara and Milan Lucic added power play goals to round out the scoring in the first period, and Nathan Horton capped off the Bs offensive outburst with his own power play strike in a penalty-filled affair. Seguin added a garbage goal in the third period to cap off the scoring.
While the offense was rolling, Tim Thomas was at his usual best manning the pipes with 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the season. Thomas upped his career record to 11-3-2 against the Flyers thats included some classic performances in Phillys home rink, and gave a reminder who the No. 1 goalie is in Boston.
The Bruins, of course, gave the Flyers a stark reminder on Saturday afternoon of which team is the reigning Cup champs.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi sustained no further structural damage to his knee, other than the previously diagnosed sprain, after injuring it on the basepaths against the Rays.
Farrell said the team is optimistic that Benintendi, placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, will be able to return before the end of the season. Watch the video for more.
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.
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.