Twelve goals and a fight isn’t necessarily typical on Causeway Street (more like 12 fights and one goal, eh?), but we’ll take it. Check back all week for Bruins news and don’t forget to tune in on Saturday when the Bruins host the Rangers.
Third period, 19:31, White 7-5: White buries an empty-netter as Kyle MacKinnon slides one into the vacant crease to pad the lead to 7-5.
Third period, 17:25, White 6-5: Another former BU boy gets into the mix as David Warsofsky launches one on net and MacDermid gets a stick on it to put the White squad up 6-5.
Third period, 15:00, 5-5: Of course there would be a fight.
Adam McQuaid and Lane MacDermid had a little run in along the boards and as Quaider skated away he caught a glimpse of P-Bruin pugilist Bobby Robins coming his way, looking to give the young defender a tune up. And that he did.
Robins and McQuaid dropped the mitts and tangled up for a bit before Robins landed a decent one and sent the big fella down.
Third period, 11:37, 5-5: So these Bruins aren’t going down without a fight. Just seconds ago, it seemed, this Black squad was down three goals but it’s Rich Peverley tying things up at five apiece. Pevs picked a White player’s pocket by the net before burying one nearside on Khudobin. We’ve seen a lot of weird near-side goals tonight for some reason. And for those scoring at home, it was Bourque and Boychuk getting the assists.
Third period, 9:20, White 5-4: And just like that, the lead is down to one goal. On the power play, Marchand hit a streaking Seidenberg who buried a nice wrister top shelf, near side. Nice heads up play by the two to link up for the big goal. Great feed followed by some very nice patience by Seids, who let Khudobin go down before roofing it.
Third period, 7:00, White 5-3: David Krejci takes one rigtht back as he beats Khudobin.
Third period, 6:00, White 5-2: Justin Florek joins in on the fun as he takes a few whacks at Rask’s pads before the puck trickled in. Hamilton was the nearest defender but the kid appeared to let Florek get an extra whack in. He’ll have to quickly learn to keep everyone and everything away from his netminder at this level.
Third period, 3:00, White 4-2: Well this isn’t what fans were hoping to see. Roughly 45 seconds after Sauve’s goal, Jamie Tardif buries his first of the night to give the White squad from Providence the 4-2 lead.
Third period, 2:12, White 3-2: Max Sauve is having himself a nice little evening. The P-Bruins forward just buried his second goal on a nifty move on Rask. Sauve took it in on the left side and faked right before bringing it back nearside and inching it in past a sliding Rask.
Third period, 1:00, 2-2: Gregory Campbell nearly put the Big B’s up 3-2 after Paille’s nice hustle play in the corner almost led to a big goal from the fourth line.
Second intermission, 2-2: The Bruins showed a lot more life in the second frame, getting goals from Marchand and Bourque. It will be interesting to see how some players like Lucic, Horton, Marchand and even Rask’s legs are once we get deep into the third.
Second period, 17:15, 2-2: The Big B’s will get another power play as Paille was hauled down while he and Warsofsky went after a loose puck in the White corner.
Second period, 15:00, 2-2: The B’s got a power play opportunity but weren’t able to do anything with it. Both units got some ice during the man-advantage, as we did, in fact, see Krejci up top with Chara on the first unit. Surprisingly, Bourque filled in at forward on the second unit alongside Marchand and Bergeron.
Second period, 10:46, 2-2: Just 26 seconds after Max Sauve put the White team up 2-1, winger Brad Marchand beat Khudobin with a high wrister to tie up.
Sauve buried home a rebound to Rask’s right to give the White team a brief lead.
Also of note, P-Bruins bruiser Bobby Robins got things a little heated after he came in hard on Rask, who was covering up the puck. Chara, Thornton and just about everyone else in the building didn’t like it, so the B’s captain had harsh words with the 6-foot-1, 220 pound 31-year-old from Wisconsin. Robins has 21 fights already this season in Providence. It was also Robins who gave Seidenberg a nice licking by the White bench toward the end of the first frame.
Second period, 17:25, 1-1: The Black squad has stormed out of the locker room here in the second, as they’ve been dominating the flow while getting plenty of quality chances on Khudobin. I wouldn’t mind seeing the White squad take an innocent penalty, as it would be great to see that new Bruins power play of Krejci-Chara on the point and Lucic-Seguin-Horton up front.
Second period, 14:20, 1-1: Chris Bourque, who was making some noise in the first period, ties things up at one apiece after a nice slapper along the left side beats Khudobin between the legs.
Bourque may have confused the keeper a little as he appeared to slow up his shot as if he was going to pass it to his teammate streaking through the slot.
Second period, 19:20, White 1-0: Marchand just had a nice chance as Bergeron fed him at the left post but the little winger fanned on the attempt. This coming after Peverley botched a nice chance during the shift before. Gotta bury those biscuits, boys!
Second period, 20:00, White 1-0: Period 2 is underway with Lucic-Krejci-Horton starting things off. Black is going from right to left across your screen.
First intermission: If the Bruins can take one thing away from the first frame, it’s that no one got injured. Although getting whistled for three penalties and allowing a power-play goal, things looked A-OK for the Black (and Gold) team.
Not to steal the Big B’s thunder, but the White squad is looking good, too. Sure, they’ve been playing a full season but guys like Pandolfo, Krug, Spooner and Khudobin are looking strong.
First Period, 19:10, White 1-0: Chris Bourque has gotten his chances in this first frame. After a costly White turnover inside their defensive zone, Bourque ripped a nice wrist shot high and nearside that may have caught a piece of Khudobin’s blocker.
First Period, 16:30, White 1-0: Tuukka Rask with the nice save on a White 3-on-2. Rask slid hard to his right to make a nice save on a pretty good breakout and passing clinic by the White squad, which got things rolling instantly after a nice Khudobin save.
First Period, 14:00, White 1-0: Bourque gets called for boarding as he took Lane MacDermid down from behind along the side boards. The hit was a little late and arguably chippy, as MacDermid (who was Bourque’s teammate just a few days ago), took the winger down while they were digging for the puck and it appeared Bourque was looking for a little payback in front of his new fans.
First Period, 13:00, White 1-0: Speaking of Pandolfo, the former BU superstar/veteran looking for a contract just put the White team up 1-0 on the power play.
First Period, 12:20, 0-0: Peverley was sent off for a hook while Marchand got a delay of game for firing the puck into the net above Khudobin (from his own zone, believe it or not).
First Period, 8:10, 0-0: Not only is this game a great tune up for players like Lucic, Horton, McQuaid and others who didn’t lace them up during the lockout, but guys on the Providence squad are giving the B’s staff and fans a good look. Jay Pandolfo and Torey Krug (and even Anton Khudobin to some extent) are looking at this game like it’s a tryout, as they’ve got a shot at getting some ice if the B’s need some help this season.
First Period, 5:00, 0-0: For fans wondering, this game has an All-Star Game feel — not much hitting obviously, but a lot more hustle. This kind of competition is great for the B’s, especially those who didn’t go overseas during the break. The game speed is there, so this is about as good a tune-up as any.
First Period, 3:00, 0-0: Chris Bourque had a nice look as he unleashed a hard slapper from the left side. Peverley got things going by causing a turnover in the neutral zone and Kelly almost wrapped it up by getting a decent piece of Bourque’s rebound.
First Period, 20:00, 0-0: Bergeron’s line got the start tonight against the Providence crew. The Big B’s are in black while the baby B’s are in white. Yes, Khudobin is in net.
6:58 p.m.: Bourque will be skating alongside Kelly and Peverley as expected, while Dougie Hamilton is paired with Seidenberg.
And, you guessed it… it’s Tuukka time!
4:50 p.m.: The Bruins will have their hands full this season, battling it out in one of the most physical divisions out there. Check out Mike Cole’s piece (pugilistic is in the headline!) here.
Also check out why Horty and Quaider are likely going to play extremely important roles this season.
And you can’t talk about Bruins without mentioning New England’s most popular hockey player.
3 p.m.: Fans will be interested to see how well Dougie Hamilton does out there with his mates. He’s been linked up with Seidenberg so far, which makes a pretty interesting combo.
Chris Bourque will also get some attention as he’s slotted to fill in on the B’s third line.
2:45 p.m. ET: Don’t act surprised.
On Monday, the Bruins announced that all 17,565 complimentary tickets for the Bruins’ Black and Gold Intersquad Scrimmage were taken.
That’s right, a glorified practice has been “sold out.”
Claude Julien and the B’s welcome the league’s best fans to the TD Garden for the highly anticipated scrimmage, which will be live streamed BostonBruins.com beginning at 6:55 p.m. ET.
Dave Goucher and analyst Bob Beers will call the action and we’ll be live blogging the event here on NESN.com.