All over. Coyotes, 5-2. Poor start for Bruins, despite 42-37 shot advantage.
18:14 — Phoenix 5, Boston 2 Six seconds after Rask vacates net for extra skater, Vrabata sails one in for the backbreaker. ENG. Bruins with 42-37 shot lead.
Great stop by Bryzgalov with 5:28 to go, cutting down Wheeler’s snapper from slot off of Bergeron feed from left wall. Bruins with better offensive sense this period.
Less than 8:00 to go in third. Bruins still in need of a pair to force OT.
9:04 — Phoenix 4, Boston 2 — Horton snaps in second of period, a 15-footer wrister that beats Bryzgalov on short side. Power play goal. Bruins with 37-32 shot lead. Like training camp, Horton shows innate sense to get open.
7:35 — Belanger off for hooking.
3:42. First fight of season, newcomer Campbell trades roundhouse swings with Vern Fiddler. The two turn O2 into a wind farm. Each get the requiste 5:00 in sin bin. Good theater, but little scoring from either corner.
3:34 — Phoenix 4, Boston 1` — Horton snaps in 20-footer from slot off of Lucic’s feed from behind the net. Impressive shot by Horton in his Black-and-Gold debut. Bryzgalov sops the first 31 Boston shots. Even strength goal. Bruins lead on shot board, 32-28.
Shadows of last season: Boston’s fourth line of Marchand-Campbell-Thorton comes out with strong shift at start of period. No. 4 line was often B’s best in 2009-’10.
Buzz throughout O2 arena stands has locals asking if NESN will carry third period or opt to run the classic movie ”Heidi Goes To Fenway!”
Period ends with Coyotes holding meaty 4-0 lead. Score accurately reflects lopsided difference in quality offensive chances. If not for Rask’s good work, espeically on two of three breakouts, score could be even worse. Oi vay. Word from Hub is that a fidgety Shinzawa ready to tear wrapper off third stogie of day. Not even 2 p.m. in Hub of Hockey.
19:43 — Phoenix 4, Boston 0 — Belanger, parked off left post and with the net wide open, pops in forehander off cross-slot pass from right wing circle. Power-play goals sticks fork in Black-and-Gold. Bruins with 26-25 shot lead.
18:46 — Marchand off for tripping.
15:03 — Phoenix 3, Boston 0 — Upshall picks off pass attempt from Paille (intended for Ference) in Phoenix end, races in alone and fires doorstep forehander under Rask’s right pad. Third break-in a charm. Very poor puck management by Bruins all game. Finally costs them. Dawgs with 24-21 shot lead.
8:00 to go in period. Coyotes, 2-0.
Just caved in and bought a hot dog at concession stands. NO ONE TELL SHINZAWA. Not bad, $3. Crispy dry onions included. Went full Fenway, though, added mustard and ketchup.
1:59 — Phoenix 2, Boston 0 — Taylor Pyatt gains postion near right post, fends off Dennis Seidenberg, knocked in feed from behind goal line. Even strength goal. Bruins still ahead on shots, 16-13.
FIRST PERIODFirst 20:00 in the books. Phoenix 1, Boston 0. Bruins with 15-12 shot lead. Claude Julien's charges need to clean up the boo-boos leading to Phoenix jail breaks. Had Dawgs converted on two break-ins, Bruins would be down a three-spot. Phoenix faster and far better at jumping into lanes to pick pucks. Late in period, Wheeler showing some uncharacteristic feistiness. Not tossing punches, but at least flashing some elbows and leaning on a couple of folks in scrums. Needs to do lots more of that, acquire real estate, build self a home. Another shorthanded break-in for Desert Dogs at 17:21. Prucha muscles puck by Chara at right point, races in alone and is stoned by brilliant Rask glove halfway up right post. 16:17 -- Vrabata sent off for interference. Gorgeous feed by Seguin on power play at 13:58, but Recchi can't cash in at right post. Slick move by the frosh. Looks varsity material. Causeway chicks will dig him. 13:27 -- Jovanovski, Phoenix, off for roughing. Rask great stop on Martin Hanzal shorthanded break-in at 12:30. Hanzal picks off Recchi pass intended for Chara, rushes down from inside own defensive blue line. Rask stones him. 12:03 -- Doan, Phoenix, off for hooking. 8:00 — Coyotes, 1-0. Radim Vrbata, alone at right post and with net wide open, makes easy forehand tap of puck that takes weird hop of rear board. Ex-BU Terrier Adrian Aucoin hammers slapper above right wing circle that takes odd hope to Vrbata. Rask nowhere near post after falling at opposite side in attempt to stop Aucoin’s blaster. Even strength goal. Shots: Phoenix, 4, Boston 5.
Globe/boston.com just now learning total payout on Zdeno Chara’s new 7-year deal. Big Z will earn a total $45.5 million over life of deal. Cap hit is approximately $1 million less than the $7.5 million a year Chara costs Bruins in present deal.
Numbers are right in line with what Globe/boston.com speculated when first reporting the deal this morning.
Fairly tame start, though a good skating pace in first 5:00. Tuukka Rask has faced three Coyote shots. Bruins only able to place one shot on Ilya Bryzgalov.
Seguin gets his first NHL shift at 1:45.
Greetings from O2 arena here in Prague, Czech Republic.
Puck about to go down on first NHL game of season for both clubs.
Boston is not playing rookie winger Jordan Caron. Also out of uniform, as expected, goalie Nolan Schaefer and defenseman Adam McQuaid. Tough for Caron to score from press box. But Bruins desperate to get some juice out of Michael Ryder. Only way they can trade him is if he scores a few goals early.
Much ballyhooed B’s rookie Tyler Seguin, No. 19, is making his NHL debut.
Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins.
Boston opening with a line of Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton. A bow to home boy Krejci, who grew up about three hours out of Prague.
More to come blog dawgs. Game on.