Bruins, Peverley zap Lightning, 4-1


Bruins, Peverley zap Lightning, 4-1

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA
BOSTON -- The last time the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning met, the game ended with the Bs celebrating a Stanley Cup Finals berth.

Five months later, the two teams faced off Saturday night at TD Garden for their first match up of the regular season. The final score yielded the same outcome -- a 'W for the home team.

The Bruins (1-1-0) earned their first win of the season with a 4-1 victory behind two goals from Rich Peverley and 25saves by Tim Thomas.

After combining for 25 shots on goals in a scoreless first period, both teams came out attacking in the second. Peverley scored off an assist from Brad Marchand and Johnny Boychuk just over two minutes into the second period. 76 seconds later, Martin St. Louis returned the favor with a goal from Ryan Malone and Vincent Lecavalier (St. Louiss second goal of the season, 300th NHL career). The 1-1 tie lasted less than two minutes when Daniel Paille scored from Adam McQuaid and Tyler Seguin.

Heightened emotions followed thereafter. Both teams were called for six penalties apiece in the second period (doubled from the first period), including Dominic Moore and Marchand being called for roughing after scuffling to the ice.

The Bruins held the Lightning (1-1-0) scoreless in the third period while David Krecji scored from Milan Lucic and Seguin, and Peverley added his second goal of the night from Patrice Bergeron and Marchand.

The Bruins will face the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon at TD Garden.

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Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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