the rookie first-round pick’s Kontinental Hockey League season

#1 von elaine95 , 09.11.2018 04:02

BOSTON — The season is just two games old and there is already a bit of goaltending controversy with the Bruins.Tuukka Rask Adidas Carter Rowney Jersey , the starter the home fans love to hate, lasted just 27 minutes in the opening game and backup Jaroslav Halak started Game 2 and shut out the Sabres in Buffalo.Immediately, there was the clamoring that seems to go along with every Rask loss. Article continues below ...On Monday, the Bruins will play their home opener, starting a three-game homestand by hosting the rebuilding Ottawa Senators, and Rask will be in goal, facing Mike Condon in the holiday matinee.“I don’t want to get embarrassed when I play again. I think that’s where I’m at right now,” Rask told NBC Sports Boston. “Get out there, get a win and feel good about yourself and build it. If you play bad or good, you flush it out and focus on the next one. Your mindset doesn’t really change there.”The Senators, who hung out their rebuilding sign by sending Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks, are 1-0-1 in their first two games and are coming off a 5-3 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto Saturday night.In that win, young defenseman Thomas Chabot did his best Karlsson impression, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, and setting up the winner. Dylan DeMelo and Chris Tierney, acquired in the Karlsson package, both scored in the game.Talking about Chabot, who played 63 games for the Sens last year, coach Guy Boucher said: “You saw the offense the ceiling’s high. He’s going to become just as good defensively over time. I have so much faith in him.”The Bruins were blown out 7-0 on opening night in Washington, clearly not reacting to sitting in their dressing room while the Caps raised their banner championship banner and Alex Ovechkin skated around the ice for a final time.Near the end of that game, Lars Eller scored to make it 7-0 and Brad Marchand didn’t like the way he celebrated. So, Marchand Adidas Jaycob Megna Jersey , the next chance he got, attacked and bloodied Eller to earn an ejection.The next night, Marchand assisted on all four goals in the rebound win. That is the essence of Marchand, a fiery leader on a Boston roster that is looking to build on last year’s regular season and take the next step.The Boston roster appears to be a work in progress, with coach Bruce Cassidy inserting Sean Kuraly for David Backes on the third line and Chris Wagner for Joakim Nordstrom on the fourth for this game.After Saturday’s win, Boucher said, “The younger guys did a great job. And the older guys did a terrific job of anchoring them.”Brady Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick in the last junior draft, has missed the first two games with a groin injury and the hope is he can make his debut in Boston on familiar ice. He left Boston University for the pros.“Nothing official, but I felt really good today,” Tkachuk said Sunday. “I felt as good as I have. Hopefully, I’m in (Monday).“If it does work out, it would be a pretty cool story to have my first game in front of family, friends and where I went to school and my dad’s from. Hopefully, it all works out.”Condon is from nearby Holliston, Ma. and will play at TD Garden for the first time. He beat the Bruins in a road game, but that was at Gillette Stadium in the Winter Classic, when Condon was with the Montreal Canadiens.He is 2-4 with a 2.87 ERA goals against average and .907 save percentage lifetime against Boston as he makes his first start of the season.After losing all five home games to the Senators, including playoffs, when they were eliminated by Ottawa in 2017, the Bruins swept all four games of the series last year.Rask is 11-7-4 with a 2.17 goals-against average and .925 save percentage lifetime against the Atlantic Division foe.Ryan Dzingel left Sunday’s practice, leaving him a question mark for the Senators Monday. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman earned accolades for making the boldest moves in improving Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup aspirations at the NHL’s trade deadline in February.Evander Kane, however Adidas Max Jones Jersey , might have been the biggest beneficiary after being dealt by eventual last-place Buffalo to San Jose on Feb. 26. Kane couldn’t contain his glee on his Twitter account a week ago in posting a message which read : ”(hashtag)playoffmode it’s about time!”It took him nine years and four cities – from Atlanta to Winnipeg, Buffalo and now San Jose – since being selected with the No. 4 pick by the then-Thrashers in the 2009 draft to finally prepare for his playoff debut. It will happen Thursday, when the Sharks open their Pacific Division first-round series at Anaheim.”It makes it easy to come to the rink. It makes it easy to play with this group of guys,” Kane said. ”I’m having a lot of fun right now.”The Sharks, who gave up a prospect and two conditional draft picks, including a potential first-rounder, might not be in this position without Kane. The 26-year-old picked up the offensive slack on a team that closed the season minus star Joe Thornton. Kane scored nine goals, including two game-winners, and added five assists in 17 games.In closing the season at 12-7-1, the Sharks’ 25 points ranked in a tie for 10th among NHL teams since the trade deadline.”He’s a crucial part of our team,” center Chris Tierney said of Kane. ”Just gives us an extra layer of everything.”Kane wasn’t the only late-season addition to provide his new team a boost.Yzerman added offense, defense and leadership to an already elite team by acquiring New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller in one of the final trades completed. Miller led all players traded on Feb. 26 by scoring 10 goals and piling up 18 points in 19 games.”When you add two players like that and give up what they did, it’s you know: They’re in it to win it,” former player and NBC hockey analyst Eddie Olczyk said of the Lightning.Fellow analyst, Pierre McGuire looked to the moves made by Nashville.The Predators gave up a first-round draft pick in adding size and versatility to acquire forward Ryan Hartman from Chicago. They welcomed back veteran Mike Fisher, who signed out of retirement. They also signed forward Eeli Tolvanen , after the rookie first-round pick’s Kontinental Hockey League season ended last month.”You look at everything Nashville has done, they never messed with the roster integrity that was created at the beginning of the year by David Poile and Paul Fenton,” McGuire said, referring to Predators management. ”So I think Nashville quietly, whether it’s at the deadline or just before, did some amazing things.”The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Predators (15-4-2), Winnipeg (15-4-1) Adidas Andrej Sustr Jersey , Columbus (14-4-2) and Boston (13-5-4) led the NHL in points since Feb. 26.Columbus jumped from 19th in the overall standings to 14th in a run that coincided with the additions of forward Thomas Vanek and defenseman Ian Cole.Paul Stastny scored four goals and 13 points with playoff-bound Winnipeg, after being traded by St. Louis for a first-round pick. The Blues, by comparison, closed 10-7-2 and missed the playoffs with a season-ending loss to Colorado. And don’t forget Patrick Maroon, who had three goals and 10 points in 17 games for New Jersey, which acquired him from Edmonton.The Capitals filled secondary defensive needs by adding Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek just before the trade deadline.”We had holes to fill this year and we filled them with guys that aren’t as high-profile, but are just steady, and provided the things we needed for our team,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said.After appearing in just 31 games in Chicago, Kempny played 22 in Washington while securing a role alongside Norris Trophy-candidate John Carlson.In Philadelphia, goalie Petr Mrazek held the fort in going 6-6-4 in place of injured starter Brian Elliott. Elliott returned in time to win the final two games including a 17-save shutout in a season-ending, playoff-clinching 5-0 win over the Rangers.Not all the trades paid off down the stretch.Rick Nash missed Boston’s final 12 games with an upper body injury after being acquired in a trade with the Rangers.Tomas Plekanec managed just two assists in 17 games with Toronto after being acquired from Montreal.Tomas Tatar had four goals and six points in 20 games with Vegas, which landed him in a deal with Detroit.—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno, in Washington, and sports writers Josh Dubow, in San Jose, and Teresa M. Walker, in Nashville, contributed to this report.—


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