Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Closing, October Approaching

If there is one thing to gripe about the NHL preseason, it is how condensed and how compact the schedule turns out to be. 

For example, the Boston Bruins, who have seven "tune-up" games prior to opening night on October 8, completed four of them last week. Although they emerged with a 2-1-1 record through those first four games, they have to put that behind them and focus on the upcoming week.

The B's wrapped up the final three preseason games this week, starting with the first one on Tuesday night against the New York Islanders. 

Prior to the game, the Bruins got some reinforcements back in their projected roster. The team announced that they re-signed both Reilly Smith and Torey Krug to one-year deals, solidifying their depth and having them avoid both players holding out into the start of the regular season. *Exhale*

Unfortunately, they could not help them in this game. In fact, the main issue here was the goaltending. Niklas Svedberg and Jeremy Smith combined to allow four (shaky) goals on 26 shots. They could not hold the early lead the Bruins had built, and the surge from New York came from there. The Isles scored two late goals in the final minutes to secure the 5-3 victory. 

Boston will go back-to-back on Friday and Saturday to conclude the preseason campaign. They will take on the Isles again, followed by the finale against the Detroit Red Wings. 

Preseason Game Five Box Score

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