Bruins rally to sink Islanders, 6-3

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Bruins rally to sink Islanders, 6-3

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.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

Bruins assign Noel Acciari to Providence

After sitting out the last month with a lower body injury, Bruins fourth liner Noel Acciari has been assigned to Providence presumably to get up to speed after missing a considerable length of time. It also means that Acciari has likely been cleared medically to play after appearing in B's practice over the last few days after missing the last 14 games. 

The 24-year-old former Providence College standout has appeared in 12 games with the Bruins this season after breaking camp with the team, and recorded two assists for two points with four penalty minutes and a plus-one rating before suffering a lower body injury.

By all accounts Acciari was a good energy player on a surprisingly good fourth line to start the season, wasn’t afraid to throw around his body for impactful hits and was having plenty of success aggravating opponents into losing their cool and taking penalties. Fellow rookie forward Anton Blidh has stepped in and played a similar role on the fourth line over the last couple of games for the Black and Gold, so that gives the Bruins plenty of time to get Acciari back up to speed at the AHL level without their fourth line’s level of play dropping in the meantime.

The Acciari demotion to Providence does mean that the Bruins head into Washington with 12 forwards, so it should again be Blidh, Dominic Moore and Jimmy Hayes as the fourth line barring any last minute wrinkles from Claude Julien.