Saturday, September 21, 2013

Opening Week (Preseason)

Well, that was quite a performance by the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

Although it was only the first of several preseason games against sub-par competition, things seemed to be looking good for this team. In fact, several questions were answered. 

Jarome Iginla gelled nicely with David Krejci and Milan Lucic on the top line. Also, the backup goaltender situation appears to be pretty solid as the B's have some options they can turn to when it comes to support for their franchise netminder. 

The biggest surprise was the resurface of a dominant power play. Four of the six goals scored against the Montreal Canadiens came with the man advantage. The Bruins hoped to continue their momentum throughout the rest of the week. 

Tuesday night featured the B's second unit of players taking the ice against the Washington Capitals. Among those players was newcomer Loui Eriksson, who came over from Dallas in the deal that involved Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley. 

Due to the game between the Bruins and Capitals being contested in a non-NHL arena, the game was not shown live on local television. Therefore, referring to Twitter for updates had to be done. 

Tuukka Rask and Niklas Svedberg split goaltending duties for Boston on Tuesday night. In a game that went back and forth with skittish play and sloppy puck possession, Carter Camper scored in the 8th round of the shootout to give Boston the 3-2 win over the Caps. 

In the midst of a couple rounds of cuts, the Bruins wasted little time catching their breaths. The B's ended their week with a home-and-home series against the Detroit Red Wings, their new divisional rival. They dropped Thursday's game 8-2 while on Saturday, they got some retribution by blanking the Red Wings 2-0. Carl Soderberg had a pair of goals in the win. With Detroit, Boston ran into solid goaltending and better neutral zone play. However, that is why training camp and the preseason lasts as long as it does. Whatever kinks need to be worked out, they usually do.

*Gregory Campbell made his preseason debut on Thursday after missing several months with what is now being considered the "iconic" broken leg sequence during last year's Eastern Conference Finals. Patrice Bergeron made his return on Saturday after recovering from various injuries that he sustained during last year's Stanley Cup playoffs.   

Jarome Iginla's 1st goal as a Bruin (Preseason)

Still weird to see this.....

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