Kessel, Leafs beat Bruins in the third, 4-3


Kessel, Leafs beat Bruins in the third, 4-3

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski each scored a goal in the final 6 12 minutes of play -- Grabovski with only 1:01 remaining -- to give the Maple Leafs a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Bruins.

With 6:33 remaining in regulation, and 18 seconds into a power play, Kessel scored his second goal of the night, tying the game at 3-3 after streaking in on an odd-man rush and sliding a shot through Tim Thomas five-hole.

Grabovski added the game-winner, beating Thomas with a wrister to the top-left corner.

Patrice Bergeron had put the Bruins up 3-2 midway through the third period, after swiping a loose puck into the net while being taken down at the right post by Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

The game went into the third period tied at 2-2, thanks to Gregory Campbells power-play goal with 1:26 left in the second. Campbell tied the game with 10 seconds left on that power play, after he batted a Brad Machand rebound out of mid-air from the left post.

The goal came 14 minutes after Grabovski had given the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead when he backhanded a puck over a sprawling and out-of-position Thomas, who was tripped down when his left toe got tangled up with Zdeno Charas right skate.

Daniel Paille gave the Bs a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the game, when his attempted pass out front re-directed off the skate of Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek and into the net.

Kessel tied the game at 1-1 with 2:38 left in the first period, after he took a swing at a loose puck in mid-air, following Thomas blocker save on Dion Phaneuf. Kessel took a hack at the puck from the left post and scored his first goal against the Bruins since being traded to the Maple Leafs prior to last season.Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on

Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.


Bruins’ new Warrior Ice Arena practice facility to open Sept. 8.

The Bruins’ new practice facility has been years in the making and they will finally get to officially open the doors to Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton next month. 

The B’s players will start informal captain’s practice skates at the new facility on the New Balance property in these final days of August, but the team announced on Friday that the new facility will be officially opened to the public on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, team president Cam Neely, general manager Don Sweeney and a number of players will be on hand for the opening ceremony and ensuing open house for the media. Also planning to attend from New Balance will be Owner and Chairman Jim Davis and NB Development Group LLC Managing Director Jim Halliday, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. 

Following the formal portion of the event, Warrior Ice Arena will host the “Boston Youth All-Star Game featuring Bruins Alumni” which will feature local squirt players from the Boston communities of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, Hyde Park, South Boston and West Roxbury mixed in with members of the Bruins alumni. 

The Youth All-Stars will team with Bruins alumni and they will play the first official game before the ice is turned over to the current Bruins players for their training camp later in the month.

The Warrior Ice Arena gets its name from the Warrior brand of hockey equipment that is now a division of New Balance and comes with a 79-foot high Warrior hockey stick that greets visitors at the front entrance doors.

Warrior Ice Arena will be the B’s new and permanent practice home after the Bruins spent 25-plus years practicing in the suburbs of Boston at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. 


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal


Friday, Aug. 26: Coyotes keep taking on dead money in latest deal

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while finally catching up on “The Man in the High Tower” on Amazon.

*The Coyotes and Panthers executed a trade sending Dave Bolland to Arizona, and it’s not exactly great news for Gary Bettman with Arizona continuing to take on a lot of dead money.

*Alex Pietrangelo was appropriately humbled to be named the 21st captain in the history of the St. Louis Blues.

*The Colorado Avalanche have a new head coach, and his name is Jared Bednar, who it is said will get the players to play hard for him.

*The footage of somebody in full goalie equipment running away from a burglary scene is something out of a movie.

*The New York Rangers can never have enough depth, and that’s why they added Brandon Pirri to the mix on Thursday.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker says Lawson Crouse brings the total package in the trade from Florida to Arizona, and he also brings a player that can take a hell of a hit as he was the guy that got rocked by Charlie McAvoy at the World Junior Showcase earlier this month.  

*It’s only 15 days until the US National Team Development Program gets going with their 2016-17 schedule: here it is in full.

*For something completely different: can you see David Ortiz’s face in this corn maze? This could be like an ink blot test.