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Bruins win preseason opener, 6-3

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 16, 2013 07:54 PM

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The Bruins scored four times on the power play to claim a 6-3 preseason-opening win over the Canadiens. Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson scored twice to lead the offense. Iginla played in Nathan Horton’s old spot alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

“Whether it’s preseason or regular season, it always feels good to win and see the puck go in the net,” Iginla said. “It was my first game playing with Looch and Krech and seeing them up close, how strong they are and how smart they are. They got some really good looks.”

Iginla looked like a natural replacement for Horton. Iginla was quick to use his one-timer. In comparison, Horton preferred his snap shot. On the power play, Iginla will most likely rotate between the left circle and the high slot.

* Malcolm Subban calmed things down in net after Chad Johnson allowed three goals on eight shots. Subban stopped all 12 shots. Johnson, in comparison, had a rough first outing.

* Very nice game for second-year pro Zach Trotman. The right-shot defenseman was good in all areas. Trotman blasted a one-timer through Robert Mayer for the sixth goal. Trotman could be a future replacement for Johnny Boychuk or Adam McQuaid. Both right-shot veterans will reach UFA status after 2014-15.

* Krejci and Torey Krug played well on the point on the power play. They will most likely man the blue line on the first unit.

The Bruins and Canadiens are tied after 40 minutes, 3-3. Nick Johnson has two of Boston’s three goals.

Chad Johnson did not have a good night. Johnson allowed three goals on eight shots. Malcolm Subban took over after Max Pacioretty tied the game at 3-3. Johnson has to be more efficient if he wants the No. 2 job.

* A healthy Adam McQuaid will be scary for opponents. Through two periods, McQuaid’s been quick to hit every player who dares to approach him. Surprising, actually, that McQuaid hasn’t thrown down yet.

* Zach Trotman will be an NHL defenseman soon. The second-year pro is mobile, strong, smart. Hard to believe Trotman was the final player selected in the 2010 draft.

* Do not see Matt Fraser making the third line out of camp. Fraser owns an NHL shot, heavy and accurate. But Fraser’s competitors for third-line duty, such as Reilly Smith and Jordan Caron, are faster.

* Carl Soderberg has taken two unnecessary penalties. That stuff gets you scratched.

The Bruins take a 2-1 lead into first intermission. Jarome Iginla and Nick Johnson have power-play goals.

* Iginla is fitting in well after only one period. On his goal, Iginla set up down low at the left circle. Milan Lucic set up Iginla with a cross-ice pass. Before Carey Price could set up, Iginla sniped a one-timer into the net. Iginla and Nathan Horton have comparable shots. But Iginla’s release is quicker.

* The fight between Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski might go down to the end of camp. Krug has the advantage because of his touch on the power play. Krug assisted on Iginla’s goal. But Bartkowski is bigger and stronger than Krug. Bartkowski doesn’t hesitate to skate the puck out of trouble either.

* That clang you heard was Louis Leblanc’s long-distance shot clattering off Chad Johnson’s glove. Moments later, Travis Moen scored Montreal’s only goal. The backup job is Johnson’s to lose. Johnson has to be better.

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