Before we get to the final preseason game, just let me share some updated news on injured Bruins defenseman Steve Kampfer. The results of his MRI show that he has a sprained MCL and will miss only two to four weeks. He is really lucky that he walked away with only a minor injury, although his injury will all but seal up Matt Bartkowski's new role as the seventh defenseman.
Kampfer has had his share of injuries. Last year when he was with Boston, he suffered a mild concussion and he also suffered a serious knee injury down in the minor leagues. Hopefully this young kid will not be too fragile as his career moves on.
As far as tonight's final preseason game, the Bruins went on to defeat the New York Islanders by a score of 3-2. Dennis Seidenberg scored the winning goal with only eight minutes left to go in the game. Boston actually trailed in the game 2-0 on goals scored by John Tavares and Marty Reasoner. However, the Bruins scored three straight goals to steal the game. David Krejci and Tyler Seguin scored less than 90 seconds apart from each other in the second period to tie the game. Tim Thomas was productive in goal tonight, stopping 25 shots.
Boston finished the preseason with a record of 4-1-1 and that is good for nine points, which is tied for second in the Eastern Conference. Benoit Pouliot and Tyler Seguin had really strong preseasons. Pouliot has pretty much won the battle over Jordan Caron for a roster spot and Seguin looks like that he can crack the 30 goal mark this year. With Chris Kelly in between, those three could be a very productive third line. Look for veteran forward Chris Clark to push for a roster spot as the next few days elapse.
The preseason has concluded and now the next time the Bruins take the ice for a game will be the real deal. Opening night for the 2011-2012 season will be this Thursday, October 6th at the TD Garden. Boston will face the Philadelphia Flyers on the same night that the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship banner will be lifted into the rafters. It will be a special night.