Bruins drop Islanders in preseason finale, 3-2


Bruins drop Islanders in preseason finale, 3-2

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BRIDGEPORT, CT. The Bruins closed out their preseason the same way they closed out last year.

The Bruins came back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 victory at the Webster Bank Arena, home of the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Dennis Seidenberg won it with a ripped shot from the high slot area that bounced out of the net just as rapidly as it soared in.

The Islanders jumped out to a two-goal lead on a first-period strike from Isles superstar John Tavares and a second-period score from Marty Reasoner. The Tavares goal arrived on a 5-on-3 advantage for New York after Mark Streit blasted a shot that Tim Thomas originally saved, but a solid rebound bounced right out to Tavares' stick. No. 1 overall picks dont miss those kinds of chances.

The Bruins came back from the deficit, however, and began pouring on the offense once goalie Al Montoya had been lifted in favor of Evgeni Nabokov in the second period.

The comeback started with David Krejci running a 2-on-1 break with Milan Lucic, faking a pass to his big left winger and then firing to Nabokovs open stick side to cut the lead in half. Tyler Seguin followed less than two minutes later with his third goal of the preseason as he crashed the net following some solid Benoit Pouliot work digging a puck out of the corner. That set up Dennis Seidenbergs game-winning goal with a little more than eight minutes to go in the final preseason game of the year.

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Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.