By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- The Bruins started off slowly, but poured it on in the third period to give the fans a proper show in their home preseason opener.
The newly formed line of Rich Peverley, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand combined for three goals, and the Bs exploded for four scores in the third period to take a 6-3 decision at TD Garden.
Peverley had three points in the third period alone, and Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg and David Krejci each added scores against a shell-shocked Islanders bunch that couldnt stop Bostons momentum once it got started. The late charge wiped away a sleepy start for the Bruins that saw Tim Thomas give up a goal to Dylan Reese on the first shot he faced for the evening. Then Reese popped another shot past Thomas at the end of the second period even though the Bs goaltender got a pretty clear look at the shot.
The Bs goaltender was much better following the first few rusty minutes, though, and the Bruins top lines kicked it into gear over the final 40 minutes. The victory leaves the Bruins at an even 1-1 record through two preseason games, and showed much more life and legs than the first time around.
GOLD STAR: Rich Peverley dropped right into the right wing spot vacated by Mark Recchi, and it was like Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand didnt miss a single beat. The line accounted for 8 points on the night, and both Bergeron and Peverley had three point nights while stepping up as Bostons best forward line. The speed, creativity and willingness to fore-check that Peverley provides meshes perfectly with Bergeron and Marchand, and should be the biggest reason why hes the big favorite to start the year with those two.
BLACK EYE: Tim Thomas didnt have a very good night, but it wont really matter once the games really count. Thomas gave up a goal on the first shot he faced, and was beaten a second time by Dylan Reese after getting a clear look at the puck shot from the outside of the right circle. Thomas allowed two goals on six shots in the first period and allowed three overall against the Islanders that the rusty goaltender has to be happy is all over with.
TURNING POINT: Once the Islanders put Anders Nielsen in between the pipes, the Bruins went into attack mode in the third period and finished with four goals in the final 20 minutes. The tic-tac-goal score that saw Marchand, Peverley and Bergeron all pass the puck with stunning efficiency seemed to let all of the air out of New Yorks tires and allowed the Bruins to capture their first preseason victory of the year.
HONORABLE MENTION: Dennis Seidenberg played 17 minutes, finished with a sweet power play goal on a backdoor play and skated with the kind of confidence and offensive aggressiveness that was sometimes absent last season. If Seidenberg plays like that more night than he doesnt, the Bruins are going to be in very good shape moving forward.
BY THE NUMBERS: 14 the number of players cut from Bruins training camp after the loss to the Isles. The Bruins seemed to want to pare their numbers down before making the trips to Halifax and Montreal, and returned Dougie Hamilton, Jared Knight, Ryan Spooner and Alex Khokhlachev back to the junior ranks.
QUOTE TO NOTE: I dont even know who that guy is to tell you the truth. Who is he? David Krejci on Islanders young center Justin DiBenedetto, who jumped Krejci in the closing minutes and was kicked out of the game for instigating a fight while wearing a visor.