BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Third

BruinsIslanders: 5 from the Third

By Joe HaggertyCSNNE.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins dropping an ugly one to the New York Islanders by a 4-2 score at Nassau Coliseum after 60 minutes of play.1) The Brad Marchand interference penalty at the end of the second period allowed the Islanders back into the game, and it appears that Claude Julien has benched Marchand here in the third period. Ten seconds of ice time in the entire stretch of hockey.2) Nathan Horton drops the gloves with Jack Hillen with less than seven minutes to go in the third period of a one-goal game. There are times to fight and there are times to take a number that was a time to take a number.3) The Bruins allowed New York 40 shots on net in tonights game. That isnt going to get it done defensively. The Bs looked like a team playing the second game of back-to-back nights when they really needed two points. 4) Matt Bartkowski playing a grand total of five minutes in a game is putting a lot of strain on the rest of the D corps for Boston. Its clear Claude Julien has zero trust in the rookie defenseman.5) A minus-5 for the Bergeron, Peverley and Marchand line tonight with Marchand benched in the third period. Might be time to break them up.

Bergeron ties it, Marchand wins it for Team Canada in World Cup final

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Bergeron ties it, Marchand wins it for Team Canada in World Cup final

Team Canada has the Boston Bruins -- two in particular -- to thank for a championship.

Patrice Bergeron tied the game on a power play at 17:07 of the third period, and Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal with 43.1 seconds left to win it as Canada defeated Team Europe, 2-1, Thursday night and won the World Cup of Hockey title.

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Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

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Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

BOSTON – Austin Czarnik is off to a good start at Bruins training camp.

He’s got points in each of the first two exhibition games and just the fact that he’s cracked the B’s lineup in both games tells you that the coaching staff wants to get a long, good look at the undersized forward.

But the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Czarnik brings more than simply a touch of the Napoleon complex after always being told that he was too small to make it to the elite levels of hockey. The 23-year-old clearly can score after posting 20 goals and 61 points in his first pro season in the AHL in Providence last season. He plays with heart, energy and a dogged determination when he’s hunting pucks on the fore-check.

But former P-Bruins head coach and current B’s assistant coach Bruce Cassidy says that Czarnik also brings something a little extra that New England Patriots fans will certainly appreciate.

“As far as being a player goes, he would be, to me, that [Bill] Belichick-type player that you could use in a lot of different situations,” said Cassidy, in clear reference to intelligent utility guys Troy Brown, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman and others that all filled different roles in their time with New England.

“He’s got a very, very high IQ, he’s a quick learner and very coachable,” Cassidy said. “So, he’s a guy you can move around, and he can play with different players. He can play on the penalty kill, he’s good on the power play and especially on the point.

“So there are a lot of different things. I think from night-to-night if you wanted to, you could move him around in your lineup and he could be effective for you. I know he’s a center, but it would be interesting to see if he could play the wing and be effective. That’s something we haven’t really seen. Is that something we maybe attempt down the road? I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out of turn, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he could handle it. He even played for us 6-on-5 as a defenseman with the goalie out. He’s just a smart player, and he understands the game very, very well.”

So, Czarnik is off to a good start in training camp with the Bruins, but we also saw the same thing from him last year as a rookie to pro hockey. 

Now, it’s about seeing whether a smaller player can finish strong as the competition heightens deeper into the preseason, and perhaps he can bring that versatility and feistiness to the NHL level in Boston.