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I usually stay away from game updates, etc., but this is great not only for the Bruins but for the NHL too…
from the CP via Yahoo,
It was a productive return to the NHL on Monday night for Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.
The 23-year-old, playing in his first game since suffering a severe concussion almost 11 months ago, had a goal and three assists as the Bruins pounded the Montreal Canadiens 8-3 in NHL preseason action before 7,792 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Bergeron, the game’s first star, picked up a pair of assists early in the second period, then scored with 10 seconds left in the frame as he tipped home a shot from linemate Marco Sturm.
Always fun to see familiar faces among the Montreal press corps. Several were camped out at the Bruins’ hotel, waiting to speak with ex-Canadien Michael Ryder.
“How was Ryder?” I asked one of them.
“All smiles,” cracked one of the reporters. “He signed for $12 million after scoring 14 goals. He should be all smiles.”
—Fluto Shinzawa at Bruins Blog in the Boston Globe
from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
“Somewhere in there, right after the surgery, I hit my low point,” admitted (Manny) Fernandez, who is still bitter over being advised against surgery in Minnesota. “It was overwhelming — too much happening too fast.”
In all, Fernandez has dressed for only 15 of his teams’ last 108 games the past 20 months, and has played in just four of them — the bum knee being directly or indirectly responsible for all 93 missed games.
You can forget an awful lot in that time, but some of it is starting to come back as Fernandez prepares for the 2008-09 season.
“Every day, it seems like I make one save that kind of reminds me of what I used to be, so that’s good,” he said on Friday…
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
Of the more tangible goals, Julien wants his team to score more than it did last year without sacrificing the stringent team defense that became its hallmark. The B’s finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in goals-against with 215, 12th in goals scored with 206.
A healthy Bergeron should go a long way toward helping in that department. But perhaps even more titillating for Bruins fans was the performance of Phil Kessel [stats] in last year’s playoffs. After being benched for Games 2, 3 and 4 vs. Montreal, he was reinserted into the lineup and became a force.
Julien said he took no satisfaction in apparently pushing the right button with Kessel and gave the youngster credit for not sulking. But he wasn’t surprised by the authority with which he returned to the ice.
From Matt Kalman at the New England Hockey Journal,
Today after [Milan] Lucic and more than two dozen Bruins veterans, rookies and prospects took part in an hour-long captains’ practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, the rugged left winger explained how this year is different from last year.
“Obviously, it’s a little bit different because you kind of know what to expect going into your second season,” said Lucic, whose play in last year’s training camp forced the Bruins to make the decision not to send him back to junior hockey. “And I think, obviously, the first season went pretty well for me and you just want to build on it, try to get better and better. That’s a big thing for me, just to get better every day.”
“It all started when Peter came on board,” Jacobs said. “It was a tough change because Harry (Sinden) had been the GM and led this organization and bringing Peter in, and subsequently Cam, it’s gone from an old organization to a young vibrant organization. And it needed it. I’m so proud to see the rejuvenation I’m seeing here. The sixth game (against Montreal) was very reminiscent of the old building. And the identity is very much like the identity of the old Bruins. It’s something we’re going to build on.”
-Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs at the Bruins Town Hall Meeting last night. Read more about the Bruins at the Boston Herald.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
(Tim) Thomas, Manny Fernandez, and Tuukka Rask are now all wearing white pads.
This summer, Thomas participated in a goalie group (Alex Auld was also there) in Toronto that discussed various issues. Later in the summer, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro were the representatives in the NHLPA’s goalie working group that collaborated with the NHL.
The issue of white pads was discussed, and according to Thomas, the notion was floated to ban them altogether if they provide netminders an advantage.
“That didn’t go over too well,” Thomas said.
Roberto Luongo has also made the switch to white.
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed center Stephane Yelle to a contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Well, four divisions down and just two to go. Today, I’ll take a look at the Northeast….
Best forward: Jean Beliveau. So many choices! I’ll take the great Beliveau over Rocket Richard
more and sorry E.J., I have to go with the ‘Rocket’.
“My game juices are going to be flowing a little too much,” said Manny. “I’m going to have to ease back on it a little bit.
“The excitement and everything is going to be there since it hasn’t been there for a while, so it’s a matter of…making sure that my (technique) is good and that I am playing my game.”
“Physically there’s no problem at all,” he said. “It’s going to be a long road to get back (to form) and to get back to (game) shape, but I think hard work and focus is the way to get in there and compete.”
-Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez.
More on the goalie camp Bob Essensa had earlier today from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com.
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