Game Story: Bruins fall to Senators, 2-1

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Game Story: Bruins fall to Senators, 2-1

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

BOSTON -- Last night's home exhibition finale between the Bruins and Senators wont win any Hockey action is Fantastic awards, and the B's couldnt send the crowd home happy, either.

The B's dominated the Ottawa Senators in their final home tune-up before the regular season, but somehow turned a 40-shot attack into a 2-1 loss to Ottawa at the TD Garden.

David Rundblad scored the game-winner when he fired a puck from the left point that nicked off Adam McQuaids stick and got by Tim Thomas. Craig Anderson made 39 stops for the Senators in a big goaltending show that Ottawa will need on most nights this season.

The Bruins were on the board first with another power-play goal, as their improvement with the man advantage continues during this preseason. This time it was Milan Lucic with his first career preseason power-play goal, firing home a shot after receiving a slick Nathan Horton pass from behind the net after a couple of Zdeno Chara bombs from the point had softened things up.

The Bruins dominated the time of possession and shot chart, but the Senators ended up tying things in the third period after a pair of Anderson saves at one end turned into transitional offense. Colin Greening carried the puck up, and managed to get Daniel Alfredsson open for a score to the glove side of Thomas.

The real downer on this night, however, was a leg injury to Steve Kampfer in the third period. An awkward collision with Jared Cowan turned Kampfer into a split on the ice, and the young Bs defensemen went down in a heap immediately afterward.

GOLD STAR: Craig Anderson made 39 stops for the Ottawa Senators, and set up both of Ottawas goals by making acrobatic saves at his end of the ice in a game dominated by the Bruins. The stops on Rich Peverley and Patrice Bergeron in the third period preceded an Alfredsson scoring rush on Thomas, and he did the same thing later in the period when he stuffed Daniel Paille on a breakaway. The Sens have put a lot of faith in Anderson, and hope that he can carry them through a difficult Northeast Division schedule this season.

HONORABLE MENTION: Milab Lucic potted his first career preseason goal on the power play and did a nice job camping his big body in front of the net. Thats the exact kind of role big No. 17 will be expected to play during the year, and it looks like the Nathan HortonLucic chemistry is in midseason form at this point.

BLACK EYE: Steve Kampfer suffered a knee injury in the third period after a collision with Jared Cowen and is scheduled for a Friday MRI to survey the damage. Its a shame for Kampfer, who'd really turned his preseason around in the last three games and put on a serious bid for the seventh defensemen spot with the Bruins. It now appears Matt Bartkowski will win that spot unless Kampfer can dodge an injury bullet on a knee hit that looked pretty serious.

TURNING POINT: Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley came out flying in the opening minutes of the third period, and nearly scored on a perfect Marchand-to-Peverley pass for an open bid in front. Anderson stuffed the Peverley shot with a left pad save, smothered a Bergeron rebound attempt and then kick-started a transition into the offensive zone that ended up in an Ottawa goal. That tipped the scales in a game Boston had previously dominated.

BY THE NUMBERS: 20 the number of shots faced by Tim Thomas in a game that didnt feature a lot of action in the Boston end. Thomas will play Saturday against the Islanders to get a final tune-up before the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: Id ask them if they want to grab a beer. Thats about it. Andrew Ference when asked what hed say to any bummed out Red Sox players he bumps into in Boston over the next few weeks.

For Haggerty's 15 thoughts on the game, click here.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.