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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Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener


Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?


Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.