By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com 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.