BruinsThrashers: 5 from the First

BruinsThrashers: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Thrashers tied at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play on a day the Bs can clinch the Northeast Division with one point.1)Good response from the Patrice Bergeron line after they were challenged a bit by Nathan Horton in practice on Friday. They buzzed around the net and supplied the first goal for the Bruins with a Mark Recchi stuff job in front after Brad Marchands shot pinballed in front of the net and Ondrej Pavelec. 2)Speaking of Marchand, a well deserved Seventh Player Award for the Bs agitator after an outstanding rookie season that really surprised many people. Everybody knew about the sandpaper in his game, but perhaps the skill was a little underrated headed into this year. With Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Tuukka Rask and Marchand as the last four Seventh Player Award winners, that says quite a bit about the Bs draft-and-development history in recent years, doesnt it?3)Alexander Burmistrov up to his antics against the Bruins today. Some may remember his embellishment on a Daniel Paille hit from behind helped the Thrashers earn a win in Atlanta earlier in the season, and this time he earned himself an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by firing a puck at Tuukka Rask long after the whistle had been blown. That little infraction earned the ire of Tomas Kaberle and the rest of the Bs, and gave Boston their first power play of the game. After having watched Burmistrov a number of times, the Russian has a lot of weasel in his hockey game.4)So Tuukka Rask flips a puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty, and then gets handcuffed by a Dustin Byfuglien Frisbee point shot that skimmed off a stick or skate on its way to being his 20th goal of the season. Does Rask yell and flap his arms at himself for that one? Got go give my man at Pro Hockey Talk, Joe Yerdon, credit for coming up with that one in a tweet. Well done.5)Ten total shots in the first period. This BostonAtlanta action late in the season is fantastic, isnt it? Yes that was sarcasm.

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.