As anticipated, the Bruins made a number of roster moves, just announced now at approximately 10:25 p.m.
Top draft pick Doug Hamilton has been returned to his junior team (Niagara Ice Dogs), and the same goes for Alexander Khokhlachev (Windsor), Jared Knight (London) and Ryan Spooner (Kingston).
The following have been assigned to Providence (AHL): Andrew Bodnarchuk, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, Josh Hennessy, Kirk MacDonald, Nathan McIver, Kevan Miller and Mamie Tardif,
In all, that’s a total of 14 players released, making for a much more nimble training camp contingent.
It appears a slam dunk that Rich Peverley (1-3–4 tonight) will start the season on right wing with Brad Marchand (LW) and Patrice Bergeron. Following Boston’s 6-3 win tonight, coach Claude Julien noted the increased speed Peverley brings to the line that last year had Mark Recchi on the right side.
”That’s not disrespect to Rex,” said coach, noting Recchi’s experience and grit and what it meant to the trio. ”Peverley gives us an element of a little more speed. There’s some chemistry there.”
All over. Bruins win, 6-3, on strength of 36-16 shot advantage.
Bruins now 1-0-1 on pre-season.
Thank you, sir, I’ll have another. After getting three assists on the night, Peverley finally pots one himself, unassisted. Bruins, 6-3, with 4:00 to go.
Bruins kick it up to 5-3 lead at 15:14 mark. Boychuck connects with low, hard slapper from above the right circle.
Marchand gives Bruins 4-3 lead with 8:17 gone. Left alone off right post, put puck away with ease of dropping a BB into the Grand Canyon. Second straight goal with assists by Bergeron and Peverley.
Tied, 3-3, at 4:11. Seidenberg gambles down low from right D spot and cans forehand shovel at right post, off cross-slot feed from Peverley. Second power-play goal in five chances.
Attendance — 16,555.
Nilsson takes over Islander net to start third period. Thomas still in Boston cage. Khudobin is his backup.
Period ends with Isles back in front, 3-2. Bruins with lopsided 22-10 shot advantage through 40 minutes.
With 2:01 to go, Frischmon knocks in 3-2 lead for Isles from top of crease after Thomas stops Marincko shot. Second assist to Burlington’s Jay Pandolfo.
Bergeron knots it, 2-2, with quick snap from right circle after Marchand carries behind nete and centers out from behind right post. Only 64 seconds after Krejci’s goal. Bruins with 17-6 shot lead and all the momentum.
Bruins cut lead to 2-1 at 8:17 when Krejci slides in doorstep backhander after Lucic stuff attempt at right post. Second assist: Peverley. Power play goal.
Hamill flasing some clever moves in offensive end. Sets up Arniel low in left circle, but Arniel can’t pot it.
Not helping their cause: Jared Knight minus-2 for first period; Zach Hamill lost three of four faceoffs.
If interested in watching tonight’s action at the Garden, go to: bostonbruins.com. Showing live. Play-by-play and commentary by 98.5’s Dave Goucher and Bob Beers.
First 20:00 in the books. Isles, 2-0. Bruins with 11-6 shot advantage.
Lafleur-like blast off right wing by Dylan Reese, his second strike of the night, gives Isles 2-0 lead at 18:18. Two goals on five shots against Thomas.
5:05 left in first. Bruins about to go on second power play, still trailing, 1-0.
Ex-BU Terrier, and goalie for life, Rick DiPietro in net for Isles.
Only 67 seconds into the action, former Crimson standout Dylan Reese rips home a one-time slapper to hand the Isles the 1-0 lead.
Tim Thomas in net for the Bruins. He is expcted to remain between the pipes all night.
Greetings from the Garden, where tonight the Bruins play their second game of the 2011-’12 preseason, taking on the Islanders in the first game on Causeway Street since the Bruins won the Stanley Cup 100 days ago in Vancouver.
xx – Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
xx — Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jared Knight
xx — Jamie Arniel-Zach Hamill-Daniel Paille
xx — Lane MacDermid-Alexander Khokhlachev-Benoit Pouliot
Tonight’s defensive pairings:
Zdeno Chara-Steve Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg-Zach McKelvie
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
The Bruins are expected to make at least a few roster cuts later tonight, following the game. We’ll have those for you here as soon as they are available.