Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bruins pound Canadiens in preseason game

Last night was the Bruin's first preseason game vs another team and it went very well as they pounded the Montreal Canadiens 8-3. Vladimir Sobotka and Marco Sturm both had 2 goals, while the big story of the night was Patrice Bergeron with a goal and 3 assists. Bergeron's first real game back from the serious cheapshot he took last season and what a game he had. Looks like he may be back to his old self, but time will tell.

The game also included some rough stuff as usual between these two teamsm as there were a couple of fights with the score being so lopsided. The first fight was the Bruins Byron Bitz vs the Canadiens Alex Henry (a known tough guy who has fought in the NHL with the Capitals, Wild, and Predators). From what I read it sounded like it was mostly Henry and he also got the takedown. The second fight was Bruins Jeremy Reich vs Canadiens Ryan Flinn, which if anyone has seen Flinn knows that is a mismatch as Flinn is like 6'6" while Reich isn't even 6' tall. I didn't really hear how that one went but it seems Flinn probably instigated that one (even though no additional penalties were handed out). At the next faceoff Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Steve Begin which was a really good fight with Thornton getting the decision. Watch video of the fight below (created by nowhockey.com). The last fight was between Andrew Ference and one of the Kostitsyn sisters, oh I mean brothers. Apparently Andrei Kostitsyn hit a Bruin with a not-so-clean hit and Ference came to the rescue and put a beating on Kostitsyn. This season's games should be interesting with these two teams. Remember the Canadiens signed enforcer Georges Laraque in the off-season so Shawn Thornton will have his hands full with him, but he has got a decision over Laraque in the past. We also remember those two wrestling matches that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara had with Laraque last season.

Shawn Thornton vs Steve Begin

The Bruins next preseason game is tonight vs the New York Islanders.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Bruins training camp and preseason

You can check out the Bruins training camp and preseason schedule on the Bruins site. It also lists the Bruins training camp roster by rookies and veterans. Hockey season is near and I'm very excited about it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bruins sign Stephane Yelle

Today the Bruins announced that they have signed veteran center Stephane Yelle. Yelle played for the Calgary Flames last season and in 74 games scored 3 goals. He's not known as a scorer but as a good faceman, and a good two-way player who I think will bring some leadership to the Bruins dressing room. He has two Stanley Cup rings which he won with the Colorado Avalance. Yelle already knows Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ference from their days with the Flames. I think this is a good move to give the Bruins more center depth and someone good at winning faceoffs. We all know during the playoffs you need players who can win faceoffs.