The 2011 Stanley Cup champions were back in action tonight as they took on the Ottawa Senators. The roster for the Bruins tonight, as well as for the rest of the preseason, will feature brand new faces. The reason for this is because the coaching staff will look to evaluate these young players and determine if they are worthy enough for a roster spot.
It also gave the chance for some of the veteran guys to rest up ailing injuries. Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, and Joe Corvo all missed tonight's game due to minor injuries. No one should read too much into this because none of the three were expected to play regardless if they were healthy or not.
It took overtime, but the Senators dropped the Bruins by a score of 2-1. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask played great tonight, saving 34 shots on 36 attempts. Lane MacDermid scored for the Bruins to give them an early lead. Brian Lee later evened the game at one goal each and that remained the score after sixty minutes. Just three minutes into overtime, Mike Zibanejad scored for the Senators giving them the victory. Their next preseason game will be Friday at the TD Garden against the New York Islanders.
*I usually enter a gold star and a black star for each game entry. I will omit those for the preseason. However, I will resume with the gold and black star evaluations once the regular season begins.