Game Story: Khochlachev scores two in scrimmage

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Game Story: Khochlachev scores two in scrimmage

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

PROVIDENCE It was more physically intense than anybody had a right to expect, and it was a pretty one-sided Koko Show when things were all said and done in a 4-1 victory for the Black Team in the annual Black and White scrimmage at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.

The sold out Dunk featured an adoring throng of Providence Bruins fans that saved their loudest ovations for P-Bruins alumni like Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk and Tim Thomas during pregame introductions.

The youngest player in training camp, Alexander Khokhlachev, potted a pair of goals to open and close the scoring for the Black Team and the young squad squeezed off 29 shots in the decisive victory. Black Team defenseman Matt Bartkowski set up a Lane MacDermid goal in the third period amid a very strong game and Colby Cohen notched a pair of assists during an offensively impressive performance for the Bs squad.

Daniel Paille notched the other goal for the Black Team and 19-year-old Ryan Spooner scored the only strike for the White Team in a loss that absolutely nobody will remember a month from now.

Tim Thomas and Anton Khudobin combined for 18 saves in the victory for the Black Team while splitting the game between the pipes.

GOLD STAR: Alexander Khokhlachev showed up to prospect camp out of shape and was erratic at times during rookie camp and main Bruins training camp over the last few weeks. But Koko showed up when it mattered most. The 18-year-old forward is the youngest player in camp, but the talented Russian showcased both a nifty snap shot and a nose for the net in scoring both goals. Everyone finally saw what all the hubbub was about with Koko on Tuesday night.

HONORARY MENTION: Colby Cohen assisted on a pair of Black Team goals and showed some very good vision while setting up a pair of goals with cross-ice passes during the scrimmage. The backdoor feed to Lane MacDermid for his goal was a picture-perfect feed after a nice drop-down pass from Tyler Seguin helped set the entire play in motion. Cohen is a well-known commodity after playing for Boston University, and will have himself a nice career if he can make offensive plays as he did Tuesday night on a consistent basis.

BLACK EYE: Since it was an early season scrimmage where everybody is still getting their bearings, the BlackWhite scrimmage Black Eye goes to Chris Clark for bringing the thunder to the very first preseason game. Clark got into a nasty shoving match with Tyler Seguin in the corner before dumping the 19-year-old to the ice and then stung Colby Cohen with a two-handed slash at the end of the second period while trying to make a play. Its pretty clear Clark was making a statement to some of the younger Bruins players that hes in camp to win a job rather than friends, and theres nothing wrong with that kind of competitiveness from a respected NHL veteran.

TURNING POINT: Momentum seemed to turn a little bit in the scrimmage when Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask were lifted midway through the game, and the White Team defense collapsed a bit in front of young goalie Michael Hutchinson. Hutchinson allowed three third-period goals on defensive breakdowns and blown assignments in front of him, and thats when the Black Team truly pulled away amidst a 29-shot attack on the evening.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 Providence Bruins tough guy Lane MacDermid scored a goal in the third period and finished with a game-high plus-3 on the evening for the Black Team. MacDermid has a healthy amount of grit as an AHLNHL enforcer in the making, and he somehow ends up on the scoresheet each year during training camp for the Bruins.

QUOTE TO NOTE: Every day they could send me home, so every day I just go to the ice or work out really hard. Im happy here just working and getting a chance right now. I hope I get a chance to play in some of the other preseason games against the NHL teams. Alexander Khokhlachev, talking about the mindset in Bs training camp after scoring two goals as a talented-but-unpolished 18-year-old prospect.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs.

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

The Bruins took care of their biggest priority today as they reached agreement with Brad Marchand on an eight-year contract extension, according to several reports.

PROFILE: Joe Haggerty's preseason look at Brad Marchand

Elliotte Friedman reports Marchand has agreed to an eight year, $49 million extension ($6.125 million per season) that will effectively allow him to finish his career in Boston.

It was felt the Bruins would have been playing with fire if they allowed Marchand -- a 37-goal scorer last year -- to start the season unsigned, especially after he ripped up the World Cup of Hockey competition on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby. Bruins president Cam Neely told CSN a couple of weeks ago that Boston was aiming to get the deal done with Marchand prior to the start of the regular season. In fact, they managed to get it done before the start of even the preseason.

Marchand has consistently said that he wants to finish out his career with the Bruins, who drafted and developed him and with whom he turned into an elite player in the last couple of years. He’s clearly taking a hometown discount to stick with Boston.

This is what Marchand said to CSN on breakup day last April:

“I obviously love being a part of this organization, this city and this team, and I don’t think this team is done having some good runs. I would love to be a part of this organization for the rest of my career, but the reality is when you look around the league that it doesn’t happen for many guys. We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”

Well, the time came and Marchand put his money where his sometimes big mouth usually is. The Bruins agitator easily could have demanded a yearly salary of $7 million-plus in free agency.

Credit to Don Sweeney and Neely for closing the deal with Marchand, and ticking one very important thing off their checklist that will help make the Bruins great again.

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

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Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
 
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
 
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
 
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
 
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.