NHL All-Star game: 5 from the First

NHL All-Star game: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the NHL All-Star game at the RBC Center in Raleigh with Team Staal and Team Lidstrom tied at a 4-4 score after the first 20 minutes in North Carolina.1)The team payroll of Team Lidstrom is 102,675,000 while the payroll of Team Staal is 102,231,700 after the NHL All-Star fantasy draft on Friday night. Amazing how even the two teams ended up, and even more amazing when NHL salary cap of 59.4 million is considered.2)Good to see Phil Kessel came into the game all fire and brimstone after being Mr. Irrelevant in the fantasy draft on Friday night. I dont think there is anything that will ever light a fire under No. 81 even in an exhibition atmosphere.3)Too much passing by Team Staal after they scored a bunch of goals early in the game. I think everybody would love to see one team just load up and drop eights goals on the other one to underscore the outlandish nature of the All-Star game.4)Matt Duchene is pretty nasty. That little leg kick fake on a breakaway against Cam Ward totally froze the Carolina goalie, and then he simply roofed a shot over the glove hand. Respect him all the more after the way he handled himself on twitter after the microphones overheard him joking how hung over he was on Saturday after drinking too much vodka.5)Good thing Tim Thomas is playing the third period for Team Lidstrom. They may need him, and he may get a shot at his third consecutive winning decision in an All-Star game.

Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

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Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

The Bruins announced their lineup for the second preseason game on Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Red Wings, and it was slightly more veteran-laden than the youthful Boston group tapped for Monday night’s opening loss to the Blue Jackets.

Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid and Dominic Moore lead the grizzled group of Bruins players readying for the exhibition tilt against their Atlantic Division rivals, and 19-year-old Zachary Senyshyn will make his preseason debut after getting fully medically cleared from appendectomy surgery a couple of weeks ago.

The 2015 first round pick has had a bit of a rough summer after bouts with mononucleosis and appendicitis forced him to miss Bruins rookie camp, but Senyshyn has quickly regained his strength and the blazing speed that's his biggest asset as a player. 

Austin Czarnik, Peter Mueller and Sean Kuraly are the only players from the opening night roster that will be in again to show their stuff against the Winged Wheels, and undoubtedly to get another long look from the Bruins coaching staff. Here is the full Black and Gold lineup for Wednesday night’s home date against the Red Wings with the untelevised exhibition game to be streamed on bruins.com

 

FORWARDS: Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Austin Czarnik, Brian Ferlin, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Sean Kuraly, Dominic Moore, Peter Mueller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner.

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

GOALIES: Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar.