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On the Road: Moncton, NB

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
2:57 - Smith scores. Islanders win, 2-1 in OT. More to come...

4:37 - Ryder weaves through the NYI's D and fires a wrist shot from in between the circles. Danis is there.

5:00 - It would be nice to drive back to Halifax with a win.
0:00 - We're going to OT.

29:4 - Hunwick falls in the crease and takes on in the back, but keeps the puck out. One of several Bruins blocked shots in the last couple of minutes, including a nice stop by Lucic at the top of the circles.

Shots are New York 37, Boston 18.

1:56 - Wideman with a stick save down low. Very nice.

4:09 - Mikko Lehtonen in the box for an inadvertent trip.

5:10 - Rask with two more beautiful saves on another Islander breakaway.

6:47 - Rask with a save on a breakaway by Joensuu. Joensuu heads to the box for taking Rask out in the crease.

8:10 - Ryder caps off a nice Boston chance with a point blank wrister -- but Danis saw it all the way.

12:23 - Boston has begun to employ some sustained pressure and has had several good chances over the last couple of minutes.

15:47 - Ryder crushed Campoli behind the New York bench. A lot of jawing.

16:37 - Boychuk hit McLean very hard at the Islanders blueline. New York's Lee is in the box.

18:08 - Lucic is stopped at the doorstep by Danis.

18:51 - Rask made two more saves down low on Sim, as the Isles continue to press.

20:00 - Tuukka still in goal.
0:00 - A late Bruins flurry was powered by Marquardt, but came too late to swing the game's momentum.

New York maintained control of the ice, if not the scoreboard. And despite the Wideman goal, and 26 saves (thus far) by Rask, the B's just don't look in sync.

2:52 - Andrew Bodnarchuck in the box.

3:22 - This time Tuukka was prone, but the result was the same -- sprawling save on Doug Weight.

Seconds earlier, Boychuk's shot was deflected down low, but the Islanders controlled.

4:39 - Wideman tests Danis with anoth slapshot from the blueline.

5:26 - New York has been whistled for a too many men on the ice penalty.

8:05 - Rask with a toe-save on Igguiden.

8:55 - Marc Savard in the box.

9:26 - Tuukka is right back on track (if he was ever off). He just stopped Hilbert with his chest. Rask has employed some outstanding positioning tonight.

He often makes the saves look very easy.

10:43 - With Marquardt in the box, New York scores. 1-1. Looks like Tuukka is going to play the whole game. Yann Danis is in the game for the Islanders.

Jon Sim had the goal for the Isles.

11:59 - Wideman scores. There's the best retribution. 1-0, Boston. Nice shot from near the blueline at the center of the ice. Assists to Matt Hunwick and Martins Karsums.

12:30 - Lucic just missed the net with a rocket.

13:54 - One small critique of Rask -- rebounds. He's been in the right spot, but has not controlled rebounds as well as one might wish. However, he did say he was trying to break in some new equipment and that they felt very stiff.

Perhaps that's the answer.

15:34 - Curtis McLean just leveled Dennis Wideman. He's fine, but I'll expect some retribution soon.

16:36 - New York's Chris Lee is in the box.

17:04 - Tuukka continues to be the best player on the ice. He has had to make several stops already this period.

18:36 - Johnny Boychuk in the box for slashing.

18:54 - Nothing came of that. And the Islanders have had the chances thus far.

20:00 - Boston will have a 29-second power play to start the period.
0:00 - Not a great period by either team, however, New York has the lead in shots, 13-5. The Islanders seem to have better legs, and kept the puck in the Bruins zone for much of the second half of the period.

The B's also seem to be doing a lot of watching, and perhaps waiting for someone on the first line to take charge.

1:31 - Nokelainen just took it down the right side and forced New York into a penalty.

2:34 - The Islanders are spending way too much time in the Boston zone. Rask continues to be good.

5:26 - Tuukka with another nice save on Sim. He was in perfect position on the post when Sim stepped in from the circle.

5:49 - High sticking on Wideman. Isles have the man advantage.

6:37 - We're bogging down a bit...

8:25 - Marquardt just finished a decent shift, threw his body around a bit.

10:28 - Another brilliant glove save by Rask, this time through a crowd.

Yelle, Wideman and Stuart have the A's tonight.

11:28 - Tuukka with a glove save on Sim. Boston had some chances late on the power play.

12:59 - Nokelainen forces MacDonald to make his first difficult save of the game.

13:23 - Streit (remember him) off for delay of game. B's on the PP.

13:32 - Maxime Sauve had a nice breakout that was broken up at the circle. One more step and he had a clear one-on-one.

15:08 - Another big hit, this time by Hunwick. Bruins following a similar pattern to last night. Taking the body, early. Thus far this first period is much smoother than last.

15:55 - Big hit by Stuart on Sim. In the near corner to my right.

16:49 - Lashoff in the box for a hook.

16:58 - First save by Tuukka. He covers a puck at the bottom of a pile up.

18:37 - Both teams are having a little trouble getting the puck through the neutral zone, thus far. Milan Lucic did a pretty nice job plowing ahead to get the B's over the blue line for the first time.

Mark Stuart is wearing an A tonight.

19:58 - Islanders win the face off.

20:00 - Start of the first period. A much lighter crowd tonight in Moncton. BTW: There is NO LIVE video or audio coming from the game, tonight.

Let's start game clock time...

7:07 p.m.
Tonight's lines:

7:00 p.m.

Joey MacDonald led the Islanders out of the tunnel and Tuukka Rask did the same for the Bruins.

Kevin Regan is the only player from last nights game to be on the Tuesday night roster.

This is the fist game of the preseason for the Islanders.

6:39 p.m.

The Islanders game notes remind me that this is the first meeting between Claude Julien and Scott "Flash" Gordon. Gordon is the Isles 14th head coach historically, and was hired by New York on August 12th. Last season, Gordon led the Bruins AHL affiliate Providence Bruins to a league-best record of 55-12-3.

One other familiar name on the Islanders roster is that of Joey MacDonald. As you may remember, MacDonald was a late addition to the 2006-07 Bruins.

Also, former Canadiens goalie, turned Islander, Yann Danis, is a former Brown University standout.

6:09 p.m.
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Okay, folks we are back on two feet after a long bus ride from Halifax. Let's get the evening started.

Enjoy the game notes. Click the blue box to the right.

Where are we going?
From In 1761 the first British families had settled on the Tantramar Township. These families came form Providence, Rhode Island. Rhode Island was then a gateway to the new world...It was named after Lieut-General Robert Monckton...The township grew very slowly. By 1788 there were only 12 families living there. At the same time several Acadian families came back from the exile...The growth of neighboring communities in Halifax and St. John boosted the economic development of Monckton’s Township as well. In 1836 a regular stage coach and mail service started to operate thus connecting Halifax – Monckton Township and Saint John. In 1853 the first railway connected Shediac and St. John, thus further improving Moncton’s status as a transit place. In 1855 Moncton was incorporated as a city. As the result of a clerical error the “k” was dropped off the city’s name. While it was possible to correct that, both the public and the Mayor Joseph Salter decided to leave it as is.

For the full history, click here.

Where are we playing?
From The Moncton Coliseum Complex is Atlantic Canada's top entertainment and trade show facility, with a drawing power of 1.4 million people within a three hour drive. Moncton attracts the best international shows, sporting events, concert performances and trade shows.
Who are we playing?
So sayeth the Wikipedia: The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, a hamlet located on Long Island in Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States. The team is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Islanders began play in 1972 and rapidly developed a dominant team that won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the early 1980s. They play their home games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum...During their run of four Stanley Cup championships and a fifth finals appearance, the Islanders won 19 straight playoff series, the longest streak in the history of professional sports (one more than the Boston Celtics' 1959-67). Unlike the 1976-79 Montreal Canadiens who only needed to win three series in the 1976 and 1977 playoffs under the playoff format in place at that time, the Islanders had to win four series in each of their Stanley Cup seasons.

12:02 p.m. (Cole Harbour time)
A familiar pose...
The Bruins are in Cole Harbour Place this morning  -- the home of Sidney Crosby.

On the ice (in no particular order): Peter Schaefer, Kevin Regan, Matt Hunwick, Matt Lashoff, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Mark Stuart, Zach Hamill, Marc Savard, Matt Marquardt, Martins Karsums, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Michael Ryder, Dennis Wideman, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Knackstedt and Mikko Lehtonen.

The above group should be the team that will play tonight in Moncton.

Tim Thomas is in the second group, which should indicate that Tim will not be making the trip to Moncton this evening.

Nothing shocking to report on the practice front. Today's work looked very much like the practice we saw yesterday for the pregame; nothing too intricate, lots of shots and lots of saves.  Line drills were in order as were some work on the power play units.

Stat of the day: Assistant Coach Craig Ramsey is working at his 37th training camp.

The first group (the only group I will see today, because we are leaving for Moncton) just left the ice and Claude Julien spoke to the media.

Some tidbits…
  • Tuukka Rask will start tonight, with Regan as his backup. No plan as of yet on how long Tuukka will stay in goal.
  • Coach Julien was impressed with Regan after his work in the rookie game last week and last night: “I thought he was very good last night. He came into the third period and made some good saves…I saw him in Development Camp this summer, and I see him now, and I’ve already seen a (positive) chance in him.”
  • Julien on Andy Bodnarchuk: “He’s going to get an opportunity tonight with this game in Moncton. He’s a guy we watched throughout the summer at camp. His skating is very good and his mobility is very good. He passes the puck very well.”
  • Coach on Blake Wheeler: “He’s a big, power forward who has skill. He’s a good skater for his size. That’s what we have been looking for -- as far as building our team – big, strong, powerful guys that can keep up with the game.”
  • Julien has also been happy with Matt Marquardt: “I like him. I am not going to hide the fact that he’s come in and, and to me, has been above expectations.

More in a bit...
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