Fifteen thoughts from Bruins-Sens regulation


Fifteen thoughts from Bruins-Sens regulation

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

OTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Senators locked in a scoreless tie after 20 minutes at Scotiabank Place in the first full exhibition game for both squads this season.

1) Some definite first game sloppiness for both sides. Lane MacDermid grabbed a gift turnover in the high slot area, and fumbled the puck away before he could attack the net and create a scoring chance. The Bruins went on a couple of power plays, but couldnt move the puck crisply enough to get any shots on net. Maybe that isnt a preseason problem given last years struggles. Either way the Bruins didnt do much to impress in the first period.

2)The Bruins young players showed a little of their inexperience on a delayed penalty call going against Andrew Ference. The Senators got the extra attacker on the ice, and Jamie Tardif, Dougie Hamilton, Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron couldnt earn a whistle for more than a minute as Ottawa turned things into a shooting gallery.

3)Four shots on net for former Merrimack superstar Stephane DaCosta in the first period as the Ottawa Senators rookie seems to be making a statement out on the ice. DaCosta could be given a lot of offensive responsibility this season and has shown an unwillingness to aggressively shoot the puck in the past. He looked good in the first 20 minutes.

4)Chris Kelly and Andrew Ference donned the As as alternate captains for tonights game along with Patrice Bergeron, and may give some insight into the teams preference for this seasons alternate captain. Or the Bs could simply opt for a rotating A throughout the season as Claude Julien has done in the past.

5)Twelve saves for Tuukka Rask, who has looked good so far and made several nice stops as the Senators attacked the net during the delayed penalty call. Rasks big spot on Erik Condra midway through the first was the save of the game thus far.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Senators locked in a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes at Scotiabank Place in the first full exhibition game for both squads this season.

1) Lane MacDermid playing extremely well in each of the first two preseason games for the Bruins, and showing just how much he wants to be in the mix for the Black and Gold. MacDermid is a guy that you dont hear much about during the year, but hes producing offense while proving toughness and a willingness to drop the gloves. He flubbed a great offensive chance in the first period, but he made up for that by knocking in a Shawn Thornton rebound in the second for his second goal in as many nights.

2)Tuukka Rask was beaten by a Brian Lee screamer through heavy traffic in front of the net, but has looked stellar while making 21 saves tonight for the Bruins team thats played in their own end quite a bit. The glove save on Mark Parrish bombing down the left wing was a show-stopper.

3)Nothing to prove for a guy like Shawn Thornton tonight, but hes still skating hard, squeezing off shots and helped set up the first goal with a bid that handcuffed Craig Anderson and created a long rebound. A team-high three shots on net for No. 22.

4) Some good and bad for Colby Cohen tonight. Hes made some nice offensive plays and been generally very good in the offensive zone, but he made a very ill-advised back-handed flip through the slot area in the defensive zone that must have had Claude Julien averting his eyes on the bench. The trials and tribulations of a young defenseman in the NHL, I suppose.

5)Quiet night for Ryan Spooner in his hometown of Kanata, Ontario. A minus-1 in 9:48 of ice time with a pair of giveaways through two periods, and hasnt really been at all noticeable anywhere on the ice.

Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins and Senators locked in a 1-1 tie after 60 minutes at Scotiabank Place and headed for overtime in the first full exhibition game for both squads this season.

1) Not enough offensive punch from Tyler Seguin or Ryan Spooner in a game where they were given some offensive tools to work with. Seguin had a few rushes and a shot on net or two, but both players didnt do enough to create offense in a game where the Bs were outshot by a 30-17 margin.

2) Chris Kelly, Shawn Thornton and Lane MacDermid given some power play time in the third period a reflection from Claude Julien about how well they played as a line in the first preseason game.

3) Benoit Pouliot has shown what he has to offer in a full 60 minute preseason game. He was killing penalties ably with Patrice Bergeron and putting a little offense out there, but he also took a foolish penalty leaving his skates to clean out Brian Lee. The refs arent going to hesitate to call boarding after getting their directive from Brendan Shanahan and thats exactly what they did with Pouliot. Hes going to make his share of aggressive errors that will land him in the box.

4) Defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a knack for working the point on the power play. Hes made several nice cross-ice passes where finding the proper seam was key to making the play. Bartkowski can recognize those seams and create offense, and thats what hes done so far in the preseason. Good to see after it appeared that Steve Kampfer hopped in front of him on the development ladder after last season. Bartkowski led all Bs in ice time and its clear the coaching staff wants to take a long look at him.

5) Reason No. 3,465 why this is preseason: Sens forward Nick Foligno had a 2-on-1 in the closing minute of a tie game and simply fell down before Ottawa could get any shots on Tuukka Rask.

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Still looking for first point, Heinen stays patient


Still looking for first point, Heinen stays patient

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It may be strictly due to injuries or because Ryan Spooner is being moved back to third line center full-time, but Danton Heinen is going to get another top-six look on the wing. The 21-year-old Bruins prospect will be skating on the left wing with David Krejci and Matt Beleskey in Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild after serving as a healthy scratch last weekend against the Montreal Canadiens.

Heinen has only two shots on goal in the four games leading up to the scratch, and has been quiet offensively after leading the Bruins in goal-scoring during the preseason. Clearly there’s an adjustment to be made there, and it looked like the playmaking rookie winger was starting to develop a little more confidence trying to make plays while skating with Krejci and David Backes in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils.

Heinen actually looked reminiscent of Krejci on a couple of plays, pulling back the puck after entering the zone and catching a trailing B’s teammate with a perfectly executed lead pass on the offensive rush. That effort plus a trip to the ninth floor press box last weekend seemed to reinforce just how much time he has to make plays, and that should be a benefit for both Heinen and his linemates.

Sometimes getting that first NHL point is the hardest part when a player breaks into the league, and it’s been that way for the young winger through his first four games.

“[Krejci] is such a good player, and I just try to complement him any way I can,” said Heinen. “You never want to be up in the press box, but it gives you a different perspective on the game. It’s a different angle. From up there it looks like you’ve got way more time. I definitely think I can be more patient with the puck, and make some smarter plays.”

Heinen started to do that in his best NHL game to date prior to being scratched against New Jersey, and it resulted in greater offensive possession and a couple of potential scoring plays getting created for the B’s second line. Unfortunately it didn’t lead to actual goals, and Heinen knows that’s what needs to happen through him if a player like him, with an offense-minded reputation from his University of Denver days, is going to stick top-6 in Boston.

“You can’t rely on the [top] guys every night,” said Heinen, who watched the Habs beat the Bruins on Saturday night while essentially shutting down Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. “When we’ve been out there we’ve kind of been getting some chances, but we’ve got to bear down.

“[Krejci] likes to play with the puck a lot, so you just get him the puck, go in hard on the forecheck and try to get open because he’s a good distributor.”

It sounds like a simple plan that might be a very good thing for young Heinen, who needs to start breaking through offensively if he wants to stick around in Boston for the long haul. 

Khudobin out three weeks as Bruins turn to Malcolm Subban


Khudobin out three weeks as Bruins turn to Malcolm Subban

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It could get a little dicey for the Bruins over the next couple of days.

Both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin were missing from Tuesday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena, and instead rookie Malcolm Subban will get the start for the Black and Gold against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden.

Rask hasn’t been on the ice since last Thursday’s win over the New Jersey Devils when he re-aggravated a lower body injury and Khudobin will be out three weeks with an upper-body injury suffered at Monday’s practice. It appeared the B’s backup suffered a right hand/wrist injury in the early moments of the practice, and Subban was left as the lone goaltender until Boston brought up Zane McIntyre on emergency recall Tuesday morning.

Julien said the Bruins have confidence in Subban’s ability to play a great game for them, but he’s struggled so far in Providence while getting yanked from two of his four AHL starts this season.

“I just want [Subban] to go in tonight and play a really solid game because we know that he can. He’s a good goaltender, so just because he had a bit of a rough outing [in the AHL] doesn’t mean he has to have one tonight. This is an opportunity for him to play well, and to demonstrate that he’s ready to play in the NHL,” said Julien. “We have bad games and we tell our players ‘Let’s not live in the past, let’s think about what we have to do to rectify it and play better in the next game.’ So I think our goaltender is in the same situation.

“Our game plan is about playing good defense with Tuukka or without Tuukka. That doesn’t change. We understand that some of the teams that we’ve played lately (Montreal and New Jersey) are very stingy, so we have to give up the least amount of goals we can because we’re not going to score a ton against those teams. When you put a system together you believe in it, and you go out and play your game. You don’t adjust your game for other teams, and adjusting for injuries isn’t quite what we’re looking for. We’re looking for a solid performance from our team, and that will trump any injury that we have.”

Oh by the way, the Bruins also have a road game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday in a back-to-back situation that’s less than ideal with injuries piling up. In addition a Subban/McIntyre tandem in goal, the Bruins will also be without David Backes with what Claude Julien termed “a minor issue” that also has him day-to-day.

In the good news department, Adam McQuaid will make his season debut after missing the first five games of the season with an upper body injury. Rob O’Gara was sent to the Providence Bruins to make room for him coming off injured reserve. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for tonight’s game vs. the Wild with Joe Morrow as the healthy scratch on the back end:







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