Preseason Opener in NY

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The first game of the Boston Bruins preseason is in the books and it’s a win. The B’s beat the New York Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on goals from Max “Don’t Cal Me Rico” Suave and blue-chip hopeful Zach Hamill who centered the top line with Marco Sturm and Blake Wheeler.

Items of note:

Tukka Rask was the best player on the ice, stopping 31 out of 32 shots. Not much doubt about his spot as Tim Thomas’ back-up this season.

Johnny Boychuck was paired with Zdeno Chara , a sign that the team may consider him a dark horse candidate to make the leap from the AHL to a contributing position on the team this year. Boychuck landed four hits in the defensive zone, tied with Milan Lucic for most in the game. Not too shabby.

Matt Hunwick is back and healthy. Good news for him and the team who are looking to him as a key element on defense this season as a puck mover.

Gleefully noted, and it’s not often I give props to New York fans, a lot of people in the stands were lustfully booing new Ranger Donald Brashear, rightly unwilling to forget his disgusting cheap shot on Blair Betts in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Certainly, we remember what sort of goon Huggy Bear is. Don’t let him off the hook, Blueshirt fans.

Other than that, not too much of interest in this one. Bruins head up to Toronto tomorrow to play their second game in two nights, hopefully with more scraps to report back on.

Sure is a good feeling to get things rolling, though.

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