The Boston Bruins found themselves starting off the preseason on the right skate, beating Montreal Canadiens 6-3. After signing as a free-agent this summer, Boston fans had mixed emotions regarding the former Flames Captain, Jarome Iginla. Many may remember the trade deadline debacle back in April, that left GM Peter Chiarelli apologizing to the city when Iginla signed with Pittsburgh. It’s safe to say if preseason form is any indication, Iginla will be a nice addition to the roster when regular season faces off. Netting two goals in last nights contest, a power-play goal in the first (08:29) and the 3-3 tie-breaking goal in the third (09:33). Iginla and his line-mates Milan Lucic and David Krejci were a force to be reckoned with, Krejci also had a power-play goal in the third (12:31).
Young prospect Zach Trotman had a solid game as well, finding comfort on the ice with fellow Providence Bruins team mates, Trotman showed Boston brass that he meant business, adding to the final 6-3 tally with a goal in the third period (PPG, 13:52) .
It wasn’t just Iginla who felt the magic of two early on in the season, Nick Johnson, who spent last season bouncing within the Coyotes’ organization managed to solve the scoring puzzle with two also, (PPG, 14:20 – 1st and 06:53 – 2nd).
Canadiens fans have loved the name Subban for many years, but now the name is one that Bruins fans will get to know and appreciate as the season skates on. Young Bruins goaltender Malcom Subban will likely develop his game in the American Hockey League this year for the Boston affiliate in Providence; but he took his chance to shine between the pipes last night. Chad Johnson defended the net for the first half of the game, allowing 3. Subban stopped all 12 shots that he faced, much to the disappointment of the fans in Montreal. Many were hoping to see older brother P.K. Subban shoot one past his younger brother. While P.K. managed to score during the second (PPG, 01:15 ) it didn’t cause family drama. Other goal scorers for Montreal, Travis Moen (12:07 – 1st) and Max Pacioretty (PPG, 09:09 – 2nd).
Boston outshot Montreal 40-20 and will look to keep the preseason going strong tonight against Washington in Baltimore, MD.