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BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Second

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Blackhawks by a 2-0 score at TD Garden after a fast-paced first 40 minutes.1)Bruins finally get through after continuing to throw bodies at the front of the net, and finding daylight to get point shots through. Zdeno Chara ricochets a shot off Brian Campbell and past Corey Crawford with Mark Recchi waiting on the doorstep, and Johnny Boychuk gets a knuckling long shot past Crawford after firing from just inside the blue line. Looked like that shot deflected off Troy Brouwer as well.2)Nasty looking incident with Shawn Thornton as he appeared to catch a skate blade above the right eye that ripped his forehead open, and then Thornton appeared to shove ref Don VanMassenhoven as he was attempting to get to the Chicago bench after somebody chirped him as he skated off the ice. Not very classy from Chicago, but no indication who exactly was yelling at Thornton as he skated off. No penalty after a bloodied Thornton shoved VanMassenhoven, and Thornton never returned in the second period.3)12 shots on net for Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Mark Recchi after two periods including seven shots on net for Bergeron as hes showing up Jonathan Toews in the match of Selke Trophy candidates.4)A tip of the cap to Recchi, who has appeared to be in playoff form tonight and had heavy involvement in both Boston goals. The first was a screen in front for Charas shot and then Recchi found Boychuk just over the blue line for his knuckling blast. The assist was point no. 1,532 for Recchi, which gives him sole possession of 12th place all-time on the NHL point list.5)Jonathan Toews and Pat Kane looking like they have zero legs and zero desire to win this game tonight. This is why a talented Blackhawks team is scrapping just to get into the playoffs.

Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

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Beleskey happy to return from foot injury

BRIGHTON, Mass – It was absolutely an “uh-oh” moment for Matt Beleskey when he was hit on the foot with a shot Monday night in the Bruins' preseason opener against the Canadiens. Beleskey, 29, was just hoping that his foot wasn’t broken in what would have been another shot of bad luck coming off a tough season for the hard-nosed winger, so his hopes have been answered given his presence in the lineup for the preseason game Saturday night vs. the Detroit Red Wings.

Beleskey missed the past two preseason games and most of the practice time as well but returned to the ice on Friday before getting ready for tonight's game. With plenty to prove while coming off a down second season in Boston, Beleskey knows he needs a strong camp that can’t get derailed by injuries or assorted bumps and bruises.

“I definitely did not want a broken foot to start the year, so I’m glad that I was fine,” said Beleskey, who finished with three goals and eight points along with a minus-10 in 49 games last season. “I took a puck in the face during warm-ups and the shot to the foot in the third, so that’s quite a good start to the year. But hopefully, I’ve got those out of the way now.

“I felt really good in the last game. It was great to see some of the work I did in the summertime paying off, so now we build on that [against Detroit] and keep things moving. There are a lot of great players here [in camp] and there’s great competition. I’m just here to play my game and prove myself, and I’ve got all the confidence in the world I can do that.”

Now that he’s been given a full bill of health again, Beleskey will get just that chance skating with Sean Kuraly and Ryan Fitzgerald on Saturday night in Hockeytown amid a deeply competitive situation for Boston’s third line. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings for the Bruins against the Red Wings in Boston’s fourth game of the preseason:

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak
Vatrano-Czarnik-Purcell
Beleskey-Kuraly-Fitzgerald
Schaller-Szwarz-Senyshyn

Miller-McAvoy
Grzelcyk-McQuaid
O’Gara-Zboril

McIntyre
Subban