Three Takeaways From Bruins Preseason Opener – Boston.com (blog)
For the first time since falling to the Canadiens in Game 7 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bruins got back to real hockey games on Tuesday, as they took on Montreal in their preseason opener. The B’s held a 2-0 lead in the first period, but fell to the Habs 3-2 after Montreal tied the game in the second, then scored with under a minute to play in the third. Here�s a look at three things we took away from the game.
1. Matt Fraser Looks Ready to Go
Matt Fraser got his first taste of playoff hockey back in May, and the then-23-year-old didn’t disappoint. Fraser netted the game-winner in overtime in Game 4 in Montreal to send the teams back to Boston tied two games apiece.
After Ryan Spooner gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 1:17 into Tuesday�s game, Fraser doubled the lead eight minutes later, beating Habs goalie Dustin Tokarski, who started for Montreal in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, on a wrist shot with David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk getting the assists.
Fraser had a very good chance to tie the game with less than 10 seconds to play in the game, as he took a pass from David Krejci and nearly sent the contest into overtime. Fraser finished with four shots and a hit, and looks like a strong candidate to fill one of the open forward spots the Bruins have after Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton left during the offseason.
2. Niklas Svedberg Solid in Start
Niklas Svedberg, the presumed backup for Tuukka Rask this season, got the start for Claude Julien’s …read more