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BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period of Bruins and Red Wings with Detroit taking a 2-1 lead over the Bs after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.1)David Krejci has a goal and three assists in the two games since Claude Julien called him out a bit and basically said it was about time to get things going. Krejci has done just that, and was the right guy in the right place for a Bs power play goal that they badly needed prior to the end of the first period. Krejci was in the slot area when Milan Lucic battled for a loose puck near the right post, and fed a perfect pass to the Bs center as Jimmy Howard was out of position scraping for the puck.2)Not a lot of skating or effort in that first period by the Bruins particularly the first half of the period when they struggled to get their skating legs underneath them. Not shocking that they were outshot 12-7 in the period.3)Danny Cleary had a couple of shots on net and a goal, and was incredibly active in the first 20 minutes. The Wings managed to survive when he was down and out with injuries, but hes a difference-making in a playoff kind of way when hes healthy.4)Tuukka Rask was S-H-A-K-Y to start things off in the first period. The Todd Bertuzzi goal was a bit of an odd-man rush, but Rask still got a very good look at the shot and should have stopped it from rattling in. He managed to collect himself and avoid Claude Juliens hook, but he needs to tighten things up and not allow any more goals if the Bruins hope to come back. He like the rest of the team looked like he wasnt ready to start tonights game.5)Steve Kampfer had the fewest minutes of ice time (5:07) in the first period among Bs defensemen, and it looks like the Bruins scaled back a bit with their 22-year-old rookie in his first game against the team he rooted for as a kid growing up in Michigan. Might have been a few jitters for this one.

Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

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Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – It was absolutely an “uh-oh” moment for Matt Beleskey when he was hit on the foot with a shot Monday night in the Bruins' preseason opener against the Canadiens. Beleskey, 29, was just hoping that his foot wasn’t broken in what would have been another shot of bad luck coming off a tough season for the hard-nosed winger, so his hopes have been answered given his presence in the lineup for the preseason game Saturday night vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

Beleskey missed the past two preseason games and most of the practice time as well but returned to the ice on Friday before getting ready for tonight's game. With plenty to prove while coming off a down second season in Boston, Beleskey knows he needs a strong camp that can’t get derailed by injuries or assorted bumps and bruises.

“I definitely did not want a broken foot to start the year, so I’m glad that I was fine,” said Beleskey, who finished with three goals and eight points along with a minus-10 in 49 games last season. “I took a puck in the face during warm-ups and the shot to the foot in the third, so that’s quite a good start to the year. But hopefully, I’ve got those out of the way now.

“I felt really good in the last game. It was great to see some of the work I did in the summertime paying off, so now we build on that [against Detroit] and keep things moving. There are a lot of great players here [in camp] and there’s great competition. I’m just here to play my game and prove myself, and I’ve got all the confidence in the world I can do that.”

Now that he’s been given a full bill of health again, Beleskey will get just that chance skating with Sean Kuraly and Ryan Fitzgerald on Saturday night in Hockeytown amid a deeply competitive situation for Boston’s third line. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for the Bruins against the Red Wings in Boston’s fourth game of the preseason:

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak
Vatrano-Czarnik-Purcell
Beleskey-Kuraly-Fitzgerald
Schaller-Szwarz-Senyshyn

Miller-McAvoy
Grzelcyk-McQuaid
O’Gara-Zboril

McIntyre
Subban