BruinsSharks: 5 from the First

BruinsSharks: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts with a bonus thrown in -- from the first period with the Bruins trailing the San Jose Sharks by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at the TD Garden.1)A little shaky from Zach Hamill in his first NHL game this year. One of his first shifts with the puck he held onto the puck in the defensive zone, looked for a few beats for a guy to pass to and then flipped the puck up the ice for an icing call. Thats a nothing play that doesnt bring anything to the Bruins. Three shifts in the first, though he appeared to get a little comfortable as things progressed.2)A couple of close bids by the Bruins, but it appears theyre going up against a Sharks teams looking to make a second-half move in the standing and is 6-0-1 in their last seven games. Its going to take a good effort to take down San Jose this afternoon.3)A couple of close calls for the Bruins in the first period. Mark Recchi was taken out on a 2-on-1 after Patrice Bergeron had delivered a nice little pass through traffic, and Milan Lucic missed wide on a rebound attempt during Bostons first power play when Antti Niemi couldnt control rebound of Zdeno Chara blast. Bruins need to execute against a talented, motivated hockey team.4)Pretty sweet new mask for Tuukka Rask that he was showing off prior to the game: It mixes together the Zakim Bridge, an homage to Gerry Cheevers, the Finnish flag and a couple of angry Bears among other things. Check out my twitter account for more pictures.5)Logan Couture is pretty damned impressive. Looks like hes going to be the big gun hunting for the Calder Trophy at the end of this season, and he banged home his 23rd goal of the year on a backhander from the high slot that handcuffed Tim Thomas a little bit. 6)In the paying a price department: three blocked shots for Andrew Ference in the first period.

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.