Bruins, Peverley zap Lightning, 4-1

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Bruins, Peverley zap Lightning, 4-1

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

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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?

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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.