Boston Bruins Preseason 2011: Tim Thomas, B's Edged By Senators, 2-1

David Rundblad potted the game-winning goal on a power play at 15:59 in the third period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins, 2-1, in the B's home preseason finale on Thursday night at TD Garden.

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Bruins Vs. Senators: Steve Kampfer Suffers Left Knee Injury In Loss

BOSTON - Steven Kampfer suffered a left knee injury during the third period of the Boston Bruins' 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators in their home preseason finale on Thursday night at TD Garden.

Kampfer, who is scheduled to have an MRI on Friday, gave fans and coaches a scare near the midway point of the third period, colliding with Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen and falling to the ice. Kampfer was tended to by the Bruins' medical staff and was helped off the ice by his teammates.

"He suffered a knee injury, left knee, and that's basically all we have right now for specific detail," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien after the game. "He's going to have an MRI tomorrow, so we'll find out a little bit more on his condition."

Kampfer, a second-year defenseman, played in 38 games for the Bruins last season and registered five goals and five assists for ten points. In addition, Kampfer had a plus/minus of plus-nine and had 12 penalty minutes. Kampfer is currently locked in a battle with Matt Bartkowski for the team's seventh and final spot on defense.

"I don't know if it settles it," Julien said about Kampfer's injury affecting his battle with Bartkowski. "We'll find out tomorrow how sever it is - is he going to be two months or is he only going to be a few weeks, and if it is, there can still be a battle going on there."

Kampfer and Bartkowski both performed well against the Senators in the eyes of Julien. Kamper recorded just under 15 minutes of ice time while Bartkowski was on the ice for nearly 18 minutes. Neither had a point.

"They're both pretty good," Julien said. "Actually, you know, I thought Kampfer was having a real good night and skating and moving the puck and Bart is still there. There's some things that I think [Bartkowski] has to continue to work on and he's got good size, he's a solid skater, but you know, every once in a while he gets caught with maybe not moving the puck quick enough and those are just little things that he has to continue to work on but having said that I like both their games."

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Senators 2, Bruins 1: Tim Thomas, Aggressive B's Edged By Ottawa

BOSTON - David Rundblad potted the game-winning goal on a power play at 15:59 in the third period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins, 2-1, in the B's home preseason finale on Thursday night at TD Garden.

"They are a really good team," Rundblad said. "They have some powerful forward. They were very physical and were hitting us. I think we managed to play pretty good. They had more shots than us but I think we started to play better in the second and third [periods]."

Rundblad's goal was assisted by Sergei Gonchar and Jason Spezza, putting the Senators at 1-for-4 on the power play in the game. Ottawa finished the game 1-for-5 in power plays, while the Bruins were also 1-for-5.

Tim Thomas played relatively well between the pipes for the Bruins (3-1-1), recording 18 saves on 20 shots for a .900 save percentage in 59:37 on the ice.

"It's good to get experience for both ways, because it's going to happen at times," said Thomas when asked if he would rather face more shots. "I think you could, even when there's not shots, you still get your practice out of games because you're still moving and you're still fighting through traffic to see, to follow the pass and stuff like that."

Craig Anderson was just a tab bit better in net for Ottawa (3-3-1), registering 39 saves on 40 shots for a .975 save percentage in 60 minutes.

"He was really good today," Rundblad said of Anderson. "We have to thank him for this one."

Boston opened up with ten minutes of aggressive hockey, outshooting Ottawa 11-2 in a scoreless half period. Just minutes later, Lucic lit the lamp with a power play goal, his first of the preseason, on assists from Nathan Horton and David Krejci at 10:35 in the opening period.

The second period featured more of the same for the Bruins, who outshot their opponent 10-5 in the middle period. Neither team found the back of the net, but the B's maintained constant pressure to keep Anderson on his toes.

Ottawa finally showed some signs of life in the third period as Daniel Alfredsson scored on an assist from Colin Greening at 5:10, tying the game at 1-1.

Steve Kampfer gave the crowd a scare midway through the third period, as a collision with Ottawa's Jared Cowen left him lying on the ice near the boards. Kampfer was tended to by the Bruins' medical staff and was eventually helped off the ice by his teammates.

Mika Zibanejad nearly gave his team a one-goal lead towards the latter half of the period, sending the puck past Thomas, but the goal was called off for contact with the goaltender. 

"That one was like, he didn't run me over but he came right into the crease without being pushed in and bumped just a little bump to, it'd be different if he had the puck and he came to the net with the puck," Thomas said of the disallowed goal.

Rundblad's goal - his first of the preseason- put the icing on the cake for the Senators in the third.

"It always nice to score," said Rundblad. "Especially against Boston, the former Stanley Cup winners, it's a nice feeling."

Boston wraps up its preseason slate on Saturday when it faces the New York Islanders.

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Bruins Vs. Senators: Tim Thomas, Boston Host Ottawa At TD Garden

Tim Thomas gets the start in between the pipes as the Boston Bruins take to the ice for the second and final home game of the 2011 preseason as the B's battle the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. EDT (TV/Radio: NESN/ WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub).

Boston (3-0-1) is coming off of three straight wins, two of which came against the rival Montreal Canadiens over the weekend, and have two games remaining in the preseason before opening up the regular season next Thursday.

The B's crushed the Canadiens, 7-3, on Sunday night but only won 2-1 in their game against the Habs on Monday night at the Bell Centre. Tyler Seguin scored one goal apiece in each of Boston's games against Montreal.

Kevin Paul DuPont of The Boston Globe was at Bruins practice on Thursday morning, and released the lines and pairings from this morning's skate on the Globe's B's blog.

Forwards

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Chris Clark
Lane MacDermid/Max Sauve-Tyler Seguin-Shawn Thornton

Defenseman

Zdeno Chara-Steven Kampfer
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ference-Joe Corvo
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

Goalies

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

DuPont also points out that fans should keep an eye on the battles between Jordan Caron and Chris Clark for the 13th and final forward spot as well as the battle between Steven Kampfer and Matt Bartkowski for the team's seventh defensive spot.

In addition, DuPont also wrote that Seguin, Thornton, MacDermid, Suave, Seidenberg, Boychuk and Khubodin will all be healtyh scratches for Thursday night's game.

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Bruins 2, Canadiens 1: Tyler Seguin, Boston Rally Late To Beat Montreal

Boston trailed by two goals entering the third period, but goals from Tyler Seguin and Chris Clark propelled them to a 2-1 victory - their second straight over the Montreal Canadiens - at the Bell Centre on Monday night in Montreal.

Mike Cammalleri scored the first and only goal for Montreal (1-5-0) at 15:33 in the first period, giving the Canadiens a lead that would hold through two periods. Cammalleri's goal was assisted by Phil Desimone.

Seguin scored the game-tying goal for Boston (3-0-1) at 4:17 in the third period on a power play, with assists coming from Jordan Caron and Matt Bartkowski. Clark potted the game-winning tally at 13:15, assisted by Max Suave and Steve Kampfer, to give Boston its third consecutive preseason win.

Tuukka Rask played the entire game in net for Boston, recording 31 saves on 32 shots for a pristine .969 save percentage. Carey Price had 30 saves in the loss for Montreal.

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens: Zdeno Chara Not Worried About Montreal Return

Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins will make their return to the Bell Centre in Montreal for the first time since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday night as they face the rival Montreal Canadiens in their fourth preseason game at 7:30 p.m. EDT (Radio: WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub).

While the Bruins and Canadiens are top-tier rivals, the spotlight will be on one player in particular, Chara, as he returns to a hostile environment that is still angry over the hit that he delivered that ended the season of Max Pacioretty. Chara, however, is not worried about his reception of the environment, saying that he won't take a different approach.

"It really doesn't matter to me where I play. It's all the same. They're going to do what they're going to do," said Chara, when asked if he had any apprehension about playing a preseason game at the Bell Centre after last year's wild season series against the Canadiens. "I know that I did nothing wrong. I'll always play the same way and that's not going to change. I play hard and I play clean. I'll do that if I play there, or anywhere else." (via NECN)

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens: B's Release Roster For Monday's Game

The Boston Bruins have released their roster for Monday night's preseason game against the Montreal Canadies, who the B's routed 7-3 on Sunday night in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Bell Centre.

Jamie Arniel, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Chris Clark, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Rich Peverley, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin and Shawn Thornton are the forwards that will dress, per WEEI's DJ Bean

On defense, Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Colby Cohen, Andrew Ference, Steven Kampfer and Dennis Seidenberg will dress and play for Boston, per Bean. Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin are the goalies.

Monday's game will not be broadcast on TV, but the game can be heard on WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship station of the Boston Bruins. In addition, the game recap can be read after the game on SB Nation Boston.

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Bruins 7, Canadiens 3: Zdeno Chara, Boston Rout Montreal In Halifax

Zdeno Chara and six others scored one goal a piece for the Boston Bruins in a 7-3 rout of the Montreal Canadiens in their third preseason game on Sunday night in Halifax, NS.

Scott Gomez scored the game's first goal, unassisted, at the 6:45 mark in the first period. Joe Corvo, making his unofficial Bruins debut, scored a power play goal at 7:57 (assisted by Chara) in the opening period, tying the score.

The B's scored three unanswered goals in the second period, with Brad Marchand scoring on a power play at 8:49 (assisted by Chris Clark), Daniel Paille scoring on a shorthanded goal at 10:55 (unassisted) and Chara scoring on an unassisted shorthanded goal at 19:24.

Both teams scored two goals each in the final period, with the Bruins lighting the lamp on Tyler Seguin's first goal of the preseason at 5:09 (unassisted) and Jordan Caron's first preseason goal, also unassisted, at 12:41. Montreal received goals from Brian Willsie on a power play (assisted by Aaron Palushaj) at 1:29 and Palushaj (unassisted) at 9:15. Anton Khudobin was in between the piped for all three period for the Bruins.

Boston improved to 2-0-1 in preseason games while Montreal dropped to 1-4-0. The B's and Habs will meet once again on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Bell Centre.

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Bruins 6, Islanders 3: Rich Peverley, B's Score Four In Third Period

BOSTON - Brad Marchand played the hero role, scoring the go-ahead goal on a wrister in front of the net, assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Rich Peverley, at the 8:17 mark as the Boston Bruins rallied past the New York Islanders, 6-3, in the preseason home opener on Friday night at TD Garden.

Boston (1-1) trailed 3-2 after two periods, but rattled off four third-period goals to secure the victory - their first of the 2011 preseason. New York fell to 0-1 after losing its opener.

Peverley (one goal, three assists) and Bergeron (one goal, two assists) were the stars of the night for the Bruins, combining for seven points.

Dylan Reese, who had two goals in the game, scored his first goal on a slapshot near the blue line at 1:07, assisted by Jeremy Colliton, to put the Islanders up, 1-0. Reese scored again 18:18 into the period (assisted by Justin DiBenedetto), this time on an angled slapshot just near the red line, just to the left of Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

Boston righted the ship with two second-period goals - a second-chance score on a power play by David Krejci at 8:17, assisted by Milan Lucic and Peverley, putting the B's a 1-for-4 on the man advantage for the day. Bergeron scored the B's second goal at 9:21, assisted by Brad Marchand and Zdeno Chara, to knot the score at 2-2 midway through the middle period.

Trevor Frischmon took the lead back for the Islanders, scoring with 2:01 left in the second period on assists fromTomas Marcinko and Jay Pandolfo.

Dennis Seidenberg drew first blood in the third period on a wrister in front of the net, assisted by Bergeron and Peverley Steve Kampfer, tying the game at 3-3 with 15:49 to go in the game.

Marchand's goal sealed the deal midway through the final period, and Bergeron and Peverley each picked up their third point of the night on the go-ahead tally.

Johnny Boychuk and Peverley added the icing on the cake, with Boychuk scoring the B's fifth goal at 15:14 (assisted by Matt Bartkowski and Lucic) and Peverley added the sixth goal at the 46 seconds later, unassisted, to give Boston a commanding three goal advantage, which was enough to bring home the win.

Thomas played the entire game between the pipes and recorded 13 saves on 16 shots for a .812 save percentage in 59:56. Rick DiPietro started in net for the Islanders and had 20 saves on 22 shots for a .909 save percentage in 40 minutes. Anders Nilsson had 10 saves in 20 minutes for New York.

The Bruins registered 36 shots in the contest while the Islanders posted 16 shots. Boston had three penalties for nine penalty minutes while New York had nine penalties for 14 minutes.

Boston heads north of the border to face the archrival Montreal Canadiens in their next two preseason games, with the first coming on Sunday in Nova Scotia and the second at the Bell Centre - home of the Canadiens - on Monday evening.

NOTES: Only five players that played against the Ottawa Senators dressed tonight for the Bruins, and they were Patrice Bergeron, Matt Bartkowski, Lane MacDermid, Benoit Pouliot and Jamie Arniel...The Bruins have a pair of birthday's over the weekend, with forward Zach Hamill turning 23 on Friday and Steven Kamper turning 23 on Saturday.

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Bruins Vs. Islanders: Tim Thomas, Boston Host New York At TD Garden

Tim Thomas will dress for the first time this preseason as the Boston Bruins host the New York Islanders at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Friday night at TD Garden. Friday's game won't be on TV, but will be streamed live on the Bruins' website, and the game can be heard on the radio on WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Boston is coming off of a 2-1 overtime road loss to the Ottawa Senators in its preseason opener. Lane Macdermid's goal - the only one for the B's - came at the 7:01 mark in the second period and was assisted by Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid. The Bruins' lead was short lived, though, as Brian Lee scored at the 8:18 mark in the period, assisted by Nick Foligno and Peter Regin, to knot the score at 1-1. Mika Zibanejad scored at the 3:17 mark on assists from Lee and Foligno, giving the Senators a 2-1 victory.

In Friday's home preseason opener, the Bruins will dress a different bunch of players, with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Tim Thomas highlighting the bunch. Anton Khudobin is the other goalie that will dress on Friday.

Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Zach Hamill, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley and Benoit Pouliot are the forwards who will dress, per DJ Bean of WEEI.com. On defense, Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Zdeno Chara, Steve Kampfer, Zach McKelvie and Dennis Seidenberg will all dress, per Bean.

New York has not yet played a preseason game, with it's last game coming on Saturday, April 9, 2010 - a 7-4 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders are coming off of a lackluster 30-39-13 season in which they finished fifth in the Atlantic Division and 14th overall in the Eastern Conference.

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Bruins Vs. Senators: Boston Comes Up Short, Loses 2-1 In Overtime

Lane Macdermid scored the only goal for the defending Stanley Cup champions, but the Ottawa Senators responded with a goal in the second period and a score in overtime, clinching a 2-1 win in the preseason opener for both teams on Wednesday night in Ottawa.

Macdermid's goal game at the 7:01 mark in the second period and was assisted by Shawn Thornton and Adam McQuaid. Boston's lead was short lived, though, as Brian Lee scored at the 8:18 mark in the period, assisted by Nick Foligno and Peter Regin, to knot the score at 1-1.

Neither squad lit the lamp in the third period, forcing overtime. It didn't take long for Ottawa to clinch the victory, as Mika Zibanejad scored at the 3:17 mark on assists from Lee and Foligno, giving the Senators a 2-1 victory.

Tuukka Rask played the entire game for the Bruins, turning away 34-of-36 shots in 63 minutes of ice time. Ottawa used two goaltenders, with Craig Anderson turning away 10-of-11 shots in nearly 30 minutes and Alex Auld turned away all 15 shots he faced in just under 33 minutes.

Boston hosts the New York Islanders in its next preseason game on Friday night.

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Boston Bruins Preseason 2011: Bruins Warm-Up For Title Defense With Visit To Ottawa Senators

The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins begin their preseason game schedule Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators.

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