Bruins sink Islanders


Bruins sink Islanders

Looks like the Bruins wanted to keep those good times rolling on the road.

The Bruins locked up their eighth win in a row in a bit of a cake walk 6-0 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, and knocked the Isles out early with a three-goal outburst in the first period.

Tim Thomas also captured his fifth victory in a row for the Black and Gold, but this game was all about the Boston attackers taking care of some indifferent work between the pipes by the bearded Rick DiPietro.

Tyler Seguin opened things up early when he exploded through the heart of the defense before feeding Patrice Bergeron for a tap-in goal, and the Bruins were off and running. Nathan Horton added a power play strike when DiPietro fished the puck out from behind the net, and threw it straight up the ice onto Hortons stick before he tossed a high wrist shot past the scrambling Isles goaltender.

A fortunate bounce capped off the first period barrage with things starting off with Benoit Pouliot carrying the puck with speed into the offensive zone. Travis Hamonic stripped the puck from Pouliot and then flipped the puck right onto the stick of Chris Kelly, who again beat DiPietro with a top shelf blast that made it a three-goal lead.

That was it for the scoring, and essentially it for the Islanders after pulling DiPietro in favor of Anders Nilsson for the final 40 minutes. The Bruins outshot the Islanders by a 30-23 margin through the dominating opener to a big three-game road trip, and both Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly added the cherries on top of the sundae.

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


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?


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.