BruinsSenators: 5 from the Second

BruinsSenators: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Senators locked in a 1-1 tie at Scotiabank Place at the first 40 minutes of hockey between the two new look teams.1)Poor former Boston College standout Ryan Shannon, who has carved a nice NHL niche out for himself but has to film a commercial waxing poetic about Huggies on the jumbotron that comes up during each and every commercial break. He must get all kinds of hell from the rest of his Senators teammates for that stuff.2)Five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in six games for Tyler Seguin, who teamed up with Brad Marchand for Bostons only goal when he set his fellow rookie up with a lethal snapshot from the top of the right circle. Seguin still showing some pretty good compete tonight, but one thing he needs to do more from the wing position is shoot the puck.3)Had to feel good for Mass native and UNH alum Bobby Butler to flip a goal past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask after the Bs passed over the college hockey free agent when he was looking for NHL employment after college. He had a little extra jump in his leap into the boards after the goal, and gave Ottawa something to show for the hard work theyve put in during the first two periods. 4)Seven point shots for Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara shows that the points are being active, but it also betrays a group of forwards that arent paying enough of a price in front of the net. At one point the Bruins had the Senators hemmed in with a tired group while the Bruins were able to change out, but Ference fired a shot at the Senators net with nobody around it and the gassed Ottawa defenders were able to clear the puck. The Bruins cant let opponents off the hook with boneheaded plays like that.5)Bruins are 0-for-4 on the power play with Tomas Kaberle in Black and Gold. Guess the magic touch is going to take a little time to get going, eh?

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

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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?

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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.