Bruins excited for Garden opener

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Bruins excited for Garden opener

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- The Bruins will make their 2011-12 debut at TD Garden tonight as reigning Stanley Cup champions, and should get a solid ovation from a Bruins fan base still drunk from the summer Cup celebration.

The Bruins will take on the Islanders at the Garden and the game will be streamed at bostonbruins.com with the 98.5 The Sports Hub broadcast team providing the commentary.

Its going to be great playing against another team rather than ourselves in this building, said Johnny Boychuk. Weve had a lot of support over the summer since weve won, and I dont expect it to die down at all.

The Bruins lines are actually pretty intriguing if they mimic the lines from this morning's skate at TD Garden. Should be an excellent dress rehearsal test for 19-year-old Jared Knight skating with top-liners David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and -- as expected -- Rich Peverley gets the first crack at Recchi's spot at right wing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. His speed and tenacity could mesh very nicely with the considerable, established chemistry of Bergeron and Marchand.

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jared Knight
Lane MacDermid-Alexander Khokhlachev-Benoit Pouliot
Daniel Paille-Zach Hamill-Jamie Arniel

Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Zach McKelvie-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk

Tim Thomas-Anton Khudobin

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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