The Boston Bruins’ 2010-2011 NHL season opened in Prague (Czech Republic) on October 9-10 with a pair of games against the Phoenix Coyotes, and neither team earned Prague-ing rights, as they split the games.
In “Prague: Game One”, the Bruins looked lethargic at best in losing the opener, 5-2. Tuukka Rask was in net, but not always at the right times…lone bright spot was newcomer Nathan Horton:
…who potted both Boston goals in the third period to make the final score slightly less one-sided.
….and, of course, church:
…but I digress. The Bruins would put forth a solid team effort, winning 3-0. Thomas’ shut-out performance was supported by another goal from Horton, as well as Tyler Seguin‘s first NHL goal…a beauty:
Milan Lucic also scored to account for the 3-0 final, making for a happy Lucic and Thomas.
The Bruins returned to North American soil following their European sojourn, and after 5 days without a game they visited New Jersey for game 3 of the season. Tim Thomas was rewarded for his shutout effort in Prague with the start, and he was at his best in the first period, allowing the B’s to escape the first stanza with a 0-0 tie. In the second period, the Bruins allowed the Devils a goal before scoring four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead. That would be the final score…the highlight of the night was yet another first NHL goal, this time from the B’s Jordan Caron:
CLICK on the poster below for complete game highlights (I was at this concert, so I didn’t see the game LIVE):
Bruins Re-Sign Bergeron and Chara
Leading up to the season opener, the Bruins signed two players that are keys to the future of the team: forward Patrice Bergeron:
and Defenseman (and Captain) Zdeno Chara:
to long term contracts.
Click on the Bergeron and Chara pictures above for details on their new deals with the Bruins.
“This is Gonna Be Hard on the Beaver…”
Clarence was saddened to hear of the death of America’s Jive-Talking Mom, Barbara Billingsley, at 94.
Finally….The answers to these questions will go a long way to determining the Bruins success this season:
- Can Tuukka Rask take the next step and become a No. 1 goaltender?
- Will Tyler Seguin step right in and become a regular offensive contributor?
- Will Marc Savard even play this season?
- Will Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler continue to suck?
- How does Jack Edwards keep his job?
- Can Milan Lucic get back on track after an injury-riddled 2009-10?
- Where the hell is the records room?
- Will Nathan Horton become the next Garden crowd favorite?
- How improved will the B’s defense be, with the first full season from Dennis Seidenberg and the emergence of Mark Stuart and Johnny Boychuk?
Back to back games against the Washington Capitals starting tomorrow night….Home Opener Thursday night…