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Game Day vs. Islanders Rookies

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- The Boston Bruins rookies defeated the the New York Islanders rookies, 5-2, in the first of two exhibition contests in front of 11,571 fans at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The B's first pick in the 2009 draft, Jordan Caron, scored a hat trick to pace the Bruins and the Black & Gold's top pick in 2010, Tyler Seguin, had two assists in his TD Garden debut.

Goaltending ruled the first period as the B's Adam Courchaine (9 saves in the first period, 31 total) and New York's Mikko Koskinen (15/32) each made several fine stops and kept the score 0-0 after one session.

A wide open, fight-filled, second period featured three Bruins goals, one each by Caron, Max Sauve and Lane MacDermid.

MacDermid's goal featured an assist by the Boston Bruins top draft choice, Tyler Seguin, who sprung MacDermid with a nice pass that sent the big winger down the left side of the ice to beat Koskinen cleanly over the glove hand with a wrist shot.

New York's Nino Niederreiter scored the Islanders lone goal of the second and made the score 3-1 after two.

Assisted by Seguin Caron added his second and third goal (unassisted, empty net) of the game in an ugly third period which saw Joe Colborne take a stick to the face and have to be helped off the ice.

Robin Figren secored the Islanders goal in the third to make the final 5 - 2, Bruins.

New York and Boston's rookies will face off again in the TD Garden on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

6:01 p.m.
Just got handed the B's lineup for tonight...




5:57 p.m.
I asked Bruins forward Brad Marchand about his first experience playing for the B's during an exhibition game versus the Islanders in Newfoundland.

"The only thing I remember...was [thinking], ‘I can’t believe I'm wearing a Bruin’s jersey,’ you know," said Marchand. "I was really nervous. I was playing against a couple of guys that I grew up watching.

"I was so nervous to be out there and I really didn’t want to touch a puck at all.  I just wanted to skate around and go unnoticed.  Then I had a couple plays, and I got excited about it," he said.

However, reality came crashing -- literally.

"I got crushed at center ice," he said with a chuckle.  "I did a black-flip or something.

"I think that was an eye-opener for me."

4:46 p.m.

Colborne Confident also caught up with Joe Colborne this morning. Taylor Walker writes...

Boston, MA --
The rookies looked excited at today’s morning skate as they prepare to take on the New York Islanders.

Center Joe Colborne looks forward to an intense game and is confident that the new team can bring home a win.

“There’s going to be a lot of bad blood spilling over from [old] rivalries," said Colborne. "I’m looking forward to a pretty physical game.”

The Black & Gold's rookies have worked hard to get to this point and each of them are here to prove their skill and to vie for a spot in Boston or Providence.

“I feel great," said Joe. "I’ve put in a lot of hard work this summer, and this last week has been good so far.”

Colborne, a first round draft pick in 2008 (16th overall) says that playing with Tyler Seguin has produced great chemistry, and he hopes they can help the team snag the win.

“Ty has been great.  He’s so humble and down to earth, and he’s just one of the guys.  I don’t see that changing in him anytime soon, and hopefully we can go out and help lead the team to a couple of big wins here,” said Colborne.

Playing in an NHL arena is a lot of pressure for these young players, but it will be the ones that maintain composure that really turn heads in tonight’s game.

“It’s going to be the people who can control their emotions and go out and play their game," said Colborne. "We’ve been playing hockey for a long time, so it’s guys that can maintain their composure and capitalize on their chances [that] come through for the team.”

Joe explained how, on the ice today during pregame skate, he was imagining the thousands of Boston hockey fans that will be filling the TD Garden's seats for tonight’s game.

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4:20 p.m.
On Saturday, September 18 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Bruins fans will have the opportunity to buy an assortment of equipment worn by current and former Bruins players at the Boston Bruins equipment sale. The equipment sale will be located at the East entrance of the turnstiles of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston MA 02114). The sale is taking place prior to Saturday's practice of 2010 Boston Bruins Training Camp presented AT&T.

The equipment selection will include skates worn by Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Mark Recchi and Marc Savard as well as practice jerseys, socks, helmets, gloves, pants, sticks, rugs, nameplates and Winter Classic uniform items (not game used) worn by a variety of Bruins players. The prices range from $2.00 to $250.00 dollars depending on the item. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.

3:13 p.m.

The B's top draft pick in 2010, Tyler Seguin, is happy that the wait is over.

"It’s finally here," said Seguin after this morning's pregame skate.  "It feels pretty good to actually go out and play in the game.

"It’s been about 3-or-4 months since I’ve played in a game, probably like everyone else in this room, so it’ll be quite the experience."

Seguin talked about the things going through his mind as he looks to take the next step in his hockey career.

"I really like skating around and realizing it’s one step closer to this goal of mine I’ve had my whole life, which is to be in the NHL and it’s nice to feel this way," said Seguin, who also said he was feeling comfortable at the Garden -- but only within reason.

"Not only is it hockey up here-it’s a profession and a job," he said.  "That’s why we all play it, and that’s why I love it."

He's not alone. All of the rookies have formed a fast bond.

"Well, yeah I’ve been living in a hotel with all the boys," said Seguin. "I’ve gone to some movies, gone to the malls.

"There’s about 6 or 7 of us that have been here for 2 and a half or three weeks, so we’ve been golfing a lot.

"We’ve kind of had to spend time with each other, but we’ve all enjoyed it so far," he said.

But the fun is over and tonight marks a turning point.

"I’m just going to go out there and work my hardest," said Seguin. "I’m not going to go out there and do a fancy move and get smoked or get hurt or seomthing.

"I’m going to out there and work my hardest, show my game, and hopefully we can get the win."

2:14 p.m.
Providence Bruins head coach Rob Murray met the media after morning skate and talked about the excitement level going into the first rookie game.

Murray (photo: JustSports Photography/AHL)
"Yeah, I think, like we talked about it yesterday, between prospects camp and the days we’ve had here in Boston at training camp, it’s building up for that, that’s for sure, and now it’s here," he said. "I thought the guys skated well this morning.

"We fired through practice in about twenty minutes, just getting their legs underneath them. I thought the ice was in pretty good shape. It should be a good game.”

Murray admitted that he was also getting pretty pumped for the two-game series.

“There’s a wow factor for me," said Murray. "We had played down in Shelton [Connecticut] two years ago and the year prior to that, we played against New Jersey three years ago and then two years ago it was the Islanders.

"It’s a nice facility, but nothing compared to the Boston Garden. I was excited when I saw it. How I found out, I saw it online, that the games had been changed, it was really exciting.

"I thought was a great opportunity again, especially with a guy like Seguin, and a couple of the other guys like, Joe Colborne and Jordan Caron," added Murray. "You got a bunch of first round picks playing, that’s a good chance to showcase them in the hometown.”

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1:25 p.m.
Sauve & Caron: "We're ready..." was able to catch up with Maxime Sauve and Jordan Caron on Tuesday. Taylor Walker writes... -- The B’s Rookies wrapped up Rookie practice at Ristuccia Arena on Tuesday and will start their two game series against the Islanders rookies in the Garden tonight at 7:00 p.m.
The games were not originally scheduled for the Garden, but the young Bruins are excited to play on Causeway Street and think the Boston fans will add to their motivation to win. 

“I think it’s a dream come true to play in an NHL rink like this.  For sure," said winger Jordan Caron. "It’s not a real game, but at least it will be a good crowd in Boston.

"It’s going to be a lot of fun,”  

Coach Murray said yesterday that he is looking forward to seeing Caron’s speed, strength, and puck possession in a game.
“Yeah, for sure," said Caron of those traits. "It’s always been my strength.

"I need to play my game, and if I do that, I think, it’s going to help and hopefully get a spot on the team.”

Already feeling like a team, Jordan talked about how excited all of the new B's are to face the Islanders together after scrimmaging only against each other all week.

“I think we had a couple good practices…everybody’s getting ready," he said. "It’s going to be a lot of fun to be together.

“We have a good team here, so hopefully we’re going to have two good games.”

Rookie Center Maxime Sauve agreed with Caron and said that playing in the Bruin’s arena will be different.

Sauve (photo: Alan Sullivan)
“Playing in Boston isn’t the same as in Providence," said Sauve, who had a "cup of coffee" with the P-Bruins at the end of last season. "You're [in Boston] playing for the Bruins.

"It’s a big difference between AHL and NHL.”

Asked about his injury-shortened 2009-10 season, Max said he is at 100%.
“Yeah, [in Providence], I was not 100%, but now…I feel 100%," he said. "I feel great on the ice.  I have no problems with it now.”

Just 20 years old, Sauve said he wants to “work to get stronger and to improve his work ethic” to score a spot with the Black & Gold, which already has a deep roster at Center.

In the meantime, however, Sauve's mother, father, and sister may be making the trip from Quebec to see today and tomorrow’s rookie games. 

When asked if that could cause any extra nerves, Sauve said, “No, no, no…no pressure.

But then he added, "Maybe a little bit."

Calm and collected, Sauve and Caron agree: the B’s rookies are ready to take the ice against the Islanders tonight.

“We are prepared for the Islanders," said Sauve. "We’re ready.”

1:02 p.m.
I'm back to the Garden from Ristuccia. My compatriots from tell me that Adam Courchaine will be tonight's starter per P-Bruins Head Coach Rob Murray.

10:59 a.m.
On Tuesday, Chiarelli was asked about the big stage that the rookies will find themselves on in the TD Garden and whether the heightened atmosphere of the two contests downtown would serve as a decent evaluation tool.

"It’s probably harder to play your first professional games in from of a bigger crowd so I mean yes, a little bit," said the GM. "But it was more just about opening these guys up to our fan base.

"It wasn’t [about] putting them on a tougher viewing format or anything like that; it’s just for our fans to see them. But, they probably do get a little more nervous.

"When I had my introductory meeting I told them there might be eight or nine thousand people there and the guys were looking at each other...”

10:54 a.m.
On the ice in Wilmington: Thornton, Lucic, Paille, Horton, Campbell, Hunwick, Bodnarchuk, Nelson, Marchand, Penner, Seidenberg, Wheeler, Reich, Boychuk, McQuaid, Ference, Ryder, Stuart, Thomas, Rask and Schaefer.

10:47 a.m.
Chiarelli Likes What He Sees
On the eve of the B's rookie games, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he was happy with the progress he has seen during rookie camp and singled some players out for praise.

"Well, I think what I’ve seen from Joe Colborne, I’ve liked," said Chiarelli. "His skating has even improved from the development camp and his strength part of his testing has improved.

"I thought [Jamie] Arniel has made strides, too," added Chiarelli. "Again, we re-did the run test, which is the hardest test for these guys, and he didn’t pass, but his first couple of times were really good, so it’s just strategically how he should have run the test, but his other testing was good and you can see in how he’s playing out there."

10:38 a.m.
Here in Wilmington it's Tim Thomas vs. Tuukka Rask in nets...

10:36 a.m.
Ms. Robbins also wrote about Lane MacDermid...

Wilmington, MA -- Forward Lane MacDermid hit the ice Tuesday with all of the other Bruins newcomers for one last day of camp before facing off against the New York Islanders rookies on Wednesday and Thursday, September 15-16. 

MacDermid, who spent last season with the Bruins AHL affiliate in Providence, RI, is thrilled to be making his first appearance in the TD Garden.

“It’ll be my first game in an NHL building, so it’ll be an exciting new experience.”

The New England native was the Bruins fourth pick in the 2009 entry draft and is attending rookie camp this week in hopes of earning a permanent spot in the organization.

“I’m trying to mold myself to be a power forward,” MacDermid explained. “Obviously, I play a physical game, but I’m trying to expand my skill set so I can play a bigger role on the team, so that’s my goal.”

Despite trying to expand his game, MacDermid is still looking to put his physicality to good use in the Bruins’ rookie games, as it is the cornerstone of his type of play.

“We’ve got a lot of skilled guys on the team, so obviously part of my role is to protect those guys if guys are taking shots at them.”

Of course, playing some full-contact after a summer off does the body good.

“It’s been a long summer. When you’re playing [pick-up hockey], you can’t really lay the body out really, so I’m a little anxious that way and it should be good,” MacDermid said.

While he may be just as anxious about this week’s games as all of the other rookies, MacDermid already has a whole year of experience in Providence on his side.

“It helps a lot. I know a lot of guys, played with a lot of them, so it’s good to be around the organization and know what they’re expecting of you, and that extra year of pro just gives you extra knowledge of what the game’s about.”

Going into camp, Lane said his father, Paul MacDermid, who played for the Hartford Whalers, had the same advice for his son as always.

“He tells me to calm down, just play my game and do the best that I can and hopefully it works.”

Read more here...

10:24 a.m.
From Twitter...

- #Bruins vets on the ice in Wilmington.^BISH

8:48 a.m.'s Ashley Robbins was at Ristuccia for rookie practice on Tuesday, and writes about the new B's efforts to stand out in during their camp...

Wilmington, MA -- After just three days of rookie camp, the Bruins youngsters are preparing for their first-ever game in the TD Garden when they take on the New York Islanders rookies on Wednesday, September 15th at 7 p.m. 

While the rookie games are a great opportunity to play together as a team, tomorrow marks the first chance these athletes really have to showcase their individual skills in live play. 

“Sometimes practice drills don’t show what you bring to the game, what little nuances of your game that you’re better off showing in a game situation,” explained Providence Bruins head coach Rob Murray.

Defenseman Ryan Button, the Bruins second overall pick in the 2009 entry draft, is just one of the rookies jockeying for a spot in the organization.

“Hopefully I can come out, play my best Wednesday and Thursday, make the main camp roster and I guess go from there.” 

The pressure is immense, however, as none of the rookies want to take the opportunity for granted.

“It’s kind of do or die, it happens pretty quick. You get two games,” Button said. 

“I’ve got to make it as hard as I can on the GM and the coaches to cut me. The better I play, the harder I work in practice, the longer I’m going to stay.”

So what are the Bruins decision makers looking for out of Button?

Murray and General Manager Peter Chiarelli both agreed that they are taking a hard look at whether Button’s on-ice, decision-making skills have improved.

“You’re looking for everybody to progress and get better, so here’s an opportunity for him on the big stage to show what he brings to the game and hopefully he does well,” Murray said.

Read more here...

8:43 a.m.
Good morning everyone!

Welcome to our first Game Day of the 2010-11 season.

We're got a split squad working on coverage of the veteran's informal practice as well as our full video coverage of the rookies' morning skate at the Garden.

Look for Twitter updates via @NHLBruins as well as full interviews at

7:45 a.m.
Around the league...

  • Board of Governors approve new tiebreaker system
    While 20 of the League's best players were in New York for a preseason promotional tour, the NHL's Board of Governors gathered at a nearby hotel to approve a new tiebreaker system for the standings. Starting with the 2010-11 season, the tiebreaker among teams with the same total of points in the standings will go to the club with the most regulation and overtime wins -- no longer including shootout wins in the decision.
    "All of our research indicates overwhelmingly that the fans do like the shootouts," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "There has been an increase [in shootouts] in the last year, after consistent numbers in the four prior years, but one year does not an issue make."
    Statistics prove out the Commissioner's point: From the 2005-06 season through 2008-09, games resulting in overtime ranged from 272 to 282 and shootouts ranged from 145 to 164. Last season, total overtime games totaled 301 and there were 184 shootouts.
  • Bobby Ryan signs five-year deal with Ducks
    The Sporting News has confirmed that Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan, who has scored 66 goals in his two full seasons with the Ducks, has signed a five-year contract worth $25.5 million.
    In other words, the drawn-out negotiations between Ryan and the team have ended not far from where they were several months ago, when Ryan reportedly turned down a five-year, $25 million deal.
    Ducks G.M. Bob Murray went public at the time, questioning Ryan’s earlier statements that he wasn’t trying to get a contract in the neighborhood of star teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
    It has been reported that Ryan, a restricted free agent, was seeking a shorter term deal—for three years or less.
  • NHL, fashion go hand in hand at Vanity Fair party
    A who's who from the hockey world mingled with big wigs from the arts, entertainment and fashion worlds in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night. If appearances mean anything, their worlds collided with grace.
    Vanity Fair editor and native Ottawan Graydon Carter hosted a cocktail party for the NHL and 20 of its biggest stars at his restaurant, Monkey Bar, on 54th Street between Madison and Park Avenues. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, among others, shared stories and snapped photos over cocktails and appetizers with notables like designer Vera Wang, actor Tom Cavanagh, director Jason Reitman and gold-medal winning figure skater Evan Lysacek.
    This wasn't the first time Vanity Fair and the NHL hooked up in a cross-promotion -- it wasn't even the first time Tuesday (Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were in a photo shoot together earlier in the day for Vanity Fair with photographer Bruce Weber). However, it was yet another sign that the NHL is a player in the pop culture society, even during Fashion Week.

7:42 a.m.
Morning Reading...

  1. New League Restrictions Limit Fighting in NHL Rookie Game (D. Flynn,
  2. Seeds of Bruins’ future could be planted in Garden games (M. Kalman,
  3. McGrattan invited to camp (F. Shinzawa, Boston Globe, Bruins Blog
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