The Detriot Red Wings welcomed the Boston Bruins into the arena tonight for a pre-season, one that was quite entertaining to say the least. Both teams were held scoreless through almost two periods, until Bruins own Carl Soderberg broke the tie to put the B’s up by one goal with only 1:04 left in the period. Then only 41 seconds into the third period, Soderberg would net a power-play goal off a rebound in front of the net. Needless to say Soderbeg was obviously the most impressive Bruin on skates, but fans can’t forget the player in between the pipes, that being Chad Johnson. While Johnson only faced 18 total shots on net, he still didn’t let one passed him.
This was good for the Bruins overall confidence, as the took an 8-2 shellacking by the Red Wings earlier this week. The biggest highlight of the night was that Patrice Bergeron finally got back into action. For those who have already forgot, Bergeron sustained a broken rib, torn cartilage, collapsed ling, and separated shoulder in the Stanley Cup finals earlier this year. After the game Bergeron said “felt pretty good and feeling good now, too, so good to get that first one out of the way and now I can move forward. Bergeron had 16 minutes of ice time, which came on a total of nineteen shifts, and he played like he normally does, tough. For the game, Bergeron was 62 percent from the faceoff circle (13 for 21). Bergeron was also approached after the game about playing on the same line with Marchand and newly acquired Loui Ericksson; He’s obviously a very smart player (talking about Ericksson) and I don’t need to talk about the chemistry with Marchy because we have had that for quite some time now. “ This line will probably be one of the strongest line for the team, and Bruin fans should be very excited about the things to come from them.
In this pre-season, the Bruins are now 3-1-0, and seem to be picking up where they left off last season. While there hasn’t been a Rask sighting just yet, Johnson has seem to control the net just fine, and is making a case to be the back-up goaltender for the season. The B’s take the ice again this upcoming Monday against the Washington Capitals at home, start time for the game is 7:00 pm EST time, and the game can be seen on the NHL Network and NESN.
3. Patrice Bergeron
2. Carl Soderberg
1. Chad Johnson