The Boston Bruins rookies made it a clean sweep last night, ousting the New York Islanders 2-1 in OT. Here are some quick thoughts and updates on the last two days:
First off, the TD Garden housed nearly 26,000 fans for Wednesday and Thursday’s games against the Isles. With all proceeds going to the Boston Bruins Foundation — at $5 per ticket — made it an even better event.
Speaking of $5 per ticket…what a bargain! Whether you were there to watch Tyler Seguin or just out to finally watch some live hockey after three-plus months, these games certainly did not disappoint.
Speaking with some of these young men after the games was such a great experience. Most of them were very humbled, with nerves and excitement all bundled up in front of the mass-media. It’s one thing to listen to NHL players speak of the game; it’s another thing to listen to some of the younger guys talk about their journey through the ranks and what a dream it would be to get there.
- The rookies successfully killed-off all six Islanders power plays.
- Boston’s power play, similar to the the B’s 2010-11 NHL season, was pedestrian — 1-for-10.
- Ryan Spooner (two goals last night) lead the team with 10 total shots on goal. The second-round draft pick was quick, very quick. After shaking the nerves from Game 1, you can see how the 18-year-old posted 49-63-112 totals in 109 games for the OHL Peterborough Petes.
- The plus-minus leader went to Jordan Caron, plus-3, who also netted a hat trick in Game 1. The 6’2″ winger played big in front and around the net. Parked his big body in “Recchi’s office”, right on top of the crease during power plays.
- Center Max Sauve led the Black-and-Gold in scoring, tallying 1-2-3 totals for the games. The 20-year-old was one of the most impressive forward in this year’s games. Explosive speed, great hands, and played quite physical. You can sense he’s got a bit of a mean streak at time.
- Tyler Seguin didn’t bring the Garden down with a barrage of points, but the second overall pick did finish with 0-2-2 totals and five shots on net. The 18-year-old played the half wall during the power play, and showed he has the vision and hands to potentially become a helluva play-maker in the NHL.
- Joe Colborne was nearly KO’d in the third period of Wednesday’s game by a possible teammate’s (Lane MacDermid) stick. Islanders’ Justin Dibenedetto was called for the elbow (five minute major and a game misc.).
“Not a broken nose.” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “He’s got the lacerations, and beyond [that] he has a chipped tooth and a mild concussion. Beyond that, he feels pretty good.”
- Overshadowed by the bigger names, scoring and fights, the tandem of Bruins’ goaltender were superb. Adam Courchaine (31-of-33 saves) got the 5-2 ‘W’ for Boston in Game 1 — while Michael Hutchinson (33-of-34 saves) stood tall between the pipes last night in OT. That’s a staggering save-percentage of .955 and a goals-against average of just under 1.50.
- Captain defenseman Steve Kampfer was solid in both games. The 21-year-old, Ann Arbour, MI, native is an agile offensive-minded defenseman, but played solid in his own end as well.
- For not having played much in term on the PK in the past, Ryan Button was relied upon heavily during the kill. The 18-year-old spent 1:41 of a Matt Delahey two-minute cross-checking penalty in the first period of last night’s game, and was a key component to all special teams.
Ryan Durling of somethingsbruin.net has tweeted that the following players were not on the Bruins’ tarining camp roster — which begins tomorrow at 11 a.m at the TD Garden.
- Defensemen Matt Delahey and Alain Goulet
- Forwars Joe Plekaitis, Yannick Riendeau, and Walker Wintoneak