BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the First

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts -- with a bonus --from the first period with the Bruins leading the Canadiens by a 2-0 score after the first 20 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)As theyre beginning to do in every big game this season, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand are injecting themselves into the game as factors. Three shots on net for the line and the games biggest play as an ice-breaker: great puck movement by Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron into the offensive zone and then a perfect pass from Bergeron to Marchand rushing toward the net for the first goal. Thats Marchands sixth goal in the last nine games. Bonus points for Mike Felger sitting next to me, so I could point out exactly how Bergeron made the play happen with a brilliant, playmaking pass. 2)Some awfully juicy rebounds being opened up by Carey Price in a shaky first period. Price allowed a shot to pop straight up into the air that allowed Dennis Seidenberg to slam home the rebound after P.K. Subban missed on a swing with his stick in front of the net. Price has looked shaky, and then he drew a penalty at the end of the period when he crosschecked Milan Lucic twice in the back during a Boston PP at the end of the first.3)The two Bs goals arrived 12 seconds apart and tied the Bruins quickest goal-scoring bunch of the season. The Bs have also twice scored goals 13 seconds apart and have shown a propensity in games to ride momentum and take advantage of a team that goes back on their heels a bit after one score. Thats a good quality to have for a hockey team.4)Four shots on net and four hits by Zdeno Chara in the first period in a strong showing after Chara was the guy shoved by Max Pacioretty after the overtime collapse in Montreal the last time these two teams played. Chara is responding where it matters most: on the ice. 5)Nathan Horton is engaged and playing hard, but hes really in a battle over his hands. He had a perfect pass thrown to him by David Krejci in a 2-on-1 situation that could have buried the Habs by a 3-0 score here in the first, but Horton needed to reload the puck on his stick and allowed Price to get back into the play and make the save.6) Really like the way the Bruins are playing. Forechecking with a purpose and nobody is giving up the blue line without a fight when Montreal is breaking into the zone. That is playoff hockey.

Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp


Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.

The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.

So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.

“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”

Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.

But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming


Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins had a pretty humbling experience hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night when they were outhustled, outworked and vastly outscored in a lopsided, 5-1 loss at TD Garden.

So, they’re clearly looking for a much crisper, cleaner and competitive result at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night for the first road exhibition game in a rematch with the Wings. Adam McQuaid had a rough night in his first preseason game as the most experienced guy on the D-men group iced that night, so he’s looking for a better performance personally and team-wide against Detroit this time around.

“It goes without saying that our last game was pretty bad from top to bottom,” said McQuaid. “There are a lot of areas to improve on. Guys were working hard at times, but the battle, and getting in on guys and battling, you have to make sure you’re on top of them when you defend quick players like that. Yesterday was a good up-tempo [practice] and guys were battling with each other, and hopefully that carries over into [the game].”

Helping matters will be a much more experienced group as the solid pairing of John-Michael Liles and Brandon Carlo will be added to the mix and Joe Morrow will be making the trip as well. Up front, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey will be playing in their second consecutive games after generating some decent offense against Detroit. They will have 19-year-old speedy Zach Senyshyn added to their mix.

“The last game we had a bit of a hard time with our breakouts, so we worked on that a little bit,” said Spooner. “I don’t think we were very happy with how we played. The compete level, especially when he got down 4-0, I don’t think it was high enough. So we talked about, and we expect a better effort for sure.”

Young prospects Danton Heinen and Peter Cehlarik will also be in the mix with Riley Nash and Dominic Moore bringing experience down the middle of the ice. Perhaps that combined with the growing intensity in each succeeding preseason game will pull a better result out of a group facing the first cuts of training camp following the two games this weekend.