Bruins Live Blog: Alexander Khokhlachev Scores Twice As Black Team Wins 4-1 in Providence

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Bruins Live Blog: Alexander Khokhlachev Scores Twice As Black Team Wins 4-1 in Providence Final, Black 4-1: And this one is in the books, with the Black squad skating to a convincing victory after a third-period offensive outburst.

They couldn't get the power play going though, failing on two more late chances in the closing minutes, including 48 seconds of 5 on 3 play.

Third period, 16:04, Black 4-1: Khudobin continues to impress. He hasn't been tested too often with Black outshooting White 28-18, but he's made some tough saves when called upon and has stopped all nine shots he's faced.

Third period, 12:03, Black 4-1: After Anton Khudobin keeps the Black team lead at three with a pair of stellar saves on Ryan Spooner and David Krejci out of a scramble in front, the White team will be shorthanded again with Milan Lucic sent off for boarding.

Third period, 9:08, Black 4-1: The Black team onslaught continues with a third goal on as many shots on Hutchinson.

This one came off the stick of Alexander Khokhlachev, as the rookie scores his second of the night off a crossing feed by Kirk MacDonald. Cohen gets the secondary assist for his second point.

Third period, 6:23, Black 3-1: And the veterans finally get in on the act, with Daniel Paille extending the Black lead on a play started by Andrew Ference.

Ference sent the puck point to point to Colby Cohen on the right side, and Cohen floated in a pass that Paille banged home behind Hutchinson at the left post.

Third period, 5:01, Black 2-1: Another youngster strikes to break the tie early in the third as Lane MacDermid scores for Black.

Matt Bartkowski made the play, sending a pass down from the left point to MacDermid at the right post. MacDermid took a second to settle the puck, then shuffled it past Michael Hutchinson.

Tyler Seguin picks up the secondary assist with the drop pass back to Bartkowski at the point. Shots are 26-13 in favor of Black.

Third period, 2:00, 1-1: Nothing doing on that power play. The squads are a combined 0 for 4 on the man advantage in this one. The more things change …

Third period, 0:00, 1-1: The final frame is under way here in Providence, with the Black team starting on the power play looking to break the 1-1 deadlock.

8:35 p.m.: Apologies for the lack up updates, as there was no internet access at the Dunkin' Donuts Center until some wireless network problems were resolved moments ago.

To bring you up to date, the Black and White Game is tied 1-1 after two periods of play before an impressive crowd in Providence.

Two youngsters have supplied the scoring, with Alexander Khokhlachev striking first for Black at 6:11 of the opening period. He beat Tuukka Rask with a nasty wrister from the right circle.

It stayed that way until the second, when Ryan Spooner snuck a bad-angle shot from down low on the left side of the net past Tim Thomas at 8:06. Thomas and Rask gave ay to their backups with 9:30 left in the middle frame. Rask was the busier of the two, stopping 15 of the 16 shots he faces before during the White team netminding duties over to Michael Hutchinson. Thomas stopped eight of nine shots he faced. he was replaced by Anton Khudobin.

There has been some hitting in the contest, with Chris Clark manhandling Tyler Seguin on one shift and Matt Bartkowski belting Jared Knight, who lost his helmet on the play. Dougie Hamilton will also be breaking out the ice packs after the game. He was in pain after a blocking a shot early in the second, but stayed on to finsh the shift, even attempting to block another shot before limping off for a line change. He never left the bench and returned later in the period with no apparent effects from the shot.

Assuming the internet holds out here, I'll attempt to bring more regular updates throughout the third period.

8 a.m. ET: It seems like just yesterday that the Bruins were hoisting the Stanley Cup in Vancouver, finally ending the franchise's 39-year championship drought with a thrilling Game 7 victory over the Canucks.

But the Bruins got back to work on Friday, starting preparations for their title defense with the opening of training camp. And on Tuesday, the games commence again as Boston opens its exhibition slate.

The good news is that the Bruins are guaranteed to win this game. Of course, they're also assured to lose it. That's because this contest will pit the Bruins against themselves in an intrasquad scrimmage as the Black and White Game returns at the home of the Bruins' American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.

While they will be taking on current and potentially future teammates, the competition should still be spirited. The Bruins are planning to put on a good show for their fans and are eager to test themselves in a game situation after several days of drills.

"It's nice to be playing in front of the fans that have waited all summer long to see us play," defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. "And it's also nice to play against those young guys. They have real quick feet. It will be real good competition."

The game won't count in the standings, but with jobs at stake and even established veterans looking to shake off some rust this game certainly can't be called meaningless.

"The results always count," Seidenberg said. "You want to do well, even in preseason. You want to fine tune your team. You want to get back to where you were at the end of the season and just get a feel for each other and communicate out there, that's the most important thing."

The puck drops at 7 p.m., so check back here throughout the day for updates on all the action from Providence.

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