BruinsRangers: 5 from the Second

BruinsRangers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Rangers by a 1-0 score at TD Garden after 40 competitive minutes of hockey.1)Not the most disciplined game of the year for the Bruins, who have relied on Tuukka Rask to keep them in the game after two periods as theyve stumbled their way through the post-Habs tilt. Milan Lucic took a slashing penalty on Brandon Dubinsky after getting thrown into the boards by Dan Girardi at the other end of the ice, but that actually seemed to wake the Bs up a little bit as well. Should make for an interesting third period.2)The best bids for the Bruins are coming shorthanded while killing off three power plays for the Rangers. Thats certainly one positive aspect of this game: the Boston PK looks like theyre getting some of their teeth and effectiveness back. The best chance came when Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand rushed in short-handed, but Bergeron was knocked to his knees as he went in for the shot. The bid ended up going wide right and Bergeron crashed into Henrik Lundqvist, who was a bit shaken and worked on by the trainers following the collision. No penalties on either side during the play.3)Three shots on net for Tyler Seguin in 8:59 through the first two periods. The 19-year-old honestly looks like hes playing at a different speed the way hes flying through the offensive and defensive zones without the puck. Hes tied with Dennis Seidenberg for the team lead in shots tonight.4)Still no shots for Bostons top line through two periods: that needs to change in the third if the Bruins hope to push things into overtime.5)Henrik Lundqvist has had to make only 14 saves, and many of them have been long shots from the points designed to simply put something on net and get a face-off. The Bruins need to get a lot more going in front of the net traffic-wise if theyre hoping to break the seal on the Rangers.

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.


Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.