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Bruins Notebook: September 20th

by Dyan LeBourdais / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- The Bruins first preseason game at the TD Garden ended in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers. The Black & Gold will play game four of the preseason docket against the Montreal Canadiens in Quebec City on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Despite Loss, B’s Show Fight
The first bout of the game came early in the first period. Drew Fata landed several heavy blows against Rangers forward Aaron Voros at 2:16. Both served five-minute major penalties. Then, in the second period, Boston’s Steve Begin stuck up for Fata – now sporting a blackened eyes and stitches -- with his takedown of Dane Byers at 9:52.

As for Begin protecting Fata, Head Coach Claude Julien said, “Well, the thing is, it’s hard to change a guy that’s been like that his whole life, for his whole career and that’s who Steve Begin is.

“Tonight he came into the defense of Fata who already had a scrap and bearing a scar from yesterday’s stick in the face and so he came in defense of his teammate.

“That's the thing we like about Steve Begin. It doesn't matter if it’s an exhibition game…he's going to play the same way night in and night out.

“Yes he is 31, there is a risk of injury and this and that.  He doesn’t care and it’s hard for us to change him because that the reason we went and got him because he comes to play every night the same way and is a hard-nosed player,” said Julien.

Timmy and Savvy Return
Saturday afternoon was also Tim Thomas’ and Marc Savard’s first game of the pre-season.

Savard scored his first goal of the preseason at 9:00 when he circled to the left side of net, bounced the puck off a Rangers defender and deposited the rebound thanks to a bounce off Valiquette.

“I feel the best I’ve felt in a long time,” said Savard, who added that the Bruins “were moving the puck well, but we just didn’t take those shots, we were a little too cute.

“But that comes I think when you play summer hockey just trying to be cute.

“We just have to get back to Boston Bruins hockey.”

Power forward Milan Lucic and sniper Michael Ryder were on Savard’s line.

“I don’t know what Claude’s got up his sleeve,” said Savard on if the trio will find each other playing on the same line this season. “We moved it well.”

Unlike Savard, Thomas said he didn't ever feel comfortable on Saturday.

"It felt somewhat awkward," he said. "I think part of that was the product of the game and part of that was that it was the first game in five months."

"There was no opportunity to really get into that game. There was never a bundle of shots, a power play where they had four or five shots or anything like that."

Beginner’s Luck?
Zach Hamill scored at 8:47 of the second period where the puck squirted through the five hole making the score 3-2 with a great pass by Max Sauve.

“He’s a highly skilled player and gave him some highly skilled players to play with to showcase what he's got,” said Julien of Hamill. “He’s got really good skill and vision; he’s got to make plays. 

“I think from last year to this year I saw a big change in him in that he's more mature and confident so he is only going to get better as he goes on here. You got some first round picks that will make it at the age of 18 you got other ones who will take a little longer. They are all different but in the end it is what you get on a player and I think Zach is on the right track.”

"You don’t want to [get] into that stuff now," said Hamill of his chances to make the Boston Bruins. "You just want to go into every game the same way.

"You know you want to turn some heads and that’s your main goal coming to camp," continued Hamill. "You take it day-by-day. If it’s a game or practice, you want to just take everything in, and learn from it."
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