2010-2011 Boston Bruins Season Opens with a Split in Prague, and a Win in New Jersey; Bruins Write Big Czechs for Bergeron and Chara

 

The Boston Bruins’ 2010-2011 NHL season opened in Prague (Czech Republic) on October 9-10 with a pair of games against the Phoenix Coyotes, and neither team earned Prague-ing rights, as they split the games.

In “Prague: Game One”, the Bruins looked lethargic at best in losing the opener, 5-2Tuukka Rask was in net, but not always at the right times…lone bright spot was newcomer Nathan Horton:

…who potted both Boston goals in the third period to make the final score slightly less one-sided.

Goalie Tim Thomas started and  frustrated the Coyotes in “Prague: Game Two”…although the 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday morning local start time did conflict with the Three Stooges:

….and, of course, church:

…but I digress. The Bruins would put forth a solid team effort, winning 3-0.  Thomas’ shut-out performance was supported by another goal from Horton, as well as Tyler Seguin‘s first NHL goal…a beauty:

Milan Lucic also scored to account for the 3-0 final, making for a happy Lucic and Thomas.

The Bruins returned to North American soil following their European sojourn, and after 5 days without a game they visited New Jersey for game 3 of the season. Tim Thomas was rewarded for his shutout effort in Prague with the start, and he was at his best in the first period, allowing the B’s to escape the first stanza with a 0-0 tie.  In the second period, the Bruins allowed the Devils a goal before scoring four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead. That would be the final score…the highlight of the night was yet another first NHL goal, this time from the B’s Jordan Caron:

CLICK on the poster below for complete game highlights (I was at this concert, so I didn’t  see the game LIVE):

Bruins Re-Sign Bergeron and Chara

Leading up to the season opener, the Bruins signed two players that are keys to the future of the team: forward Patrice Bergeron:


and Defenseman (and Captain) Zdeno Chara:

to long term contracts.

Click on the Bergeron and Chara pictures above for details on their new deals with the Bruins.

“This is Gonna Be Hard on the Beaver…”

Clarence was saddened to hear of the death of America’s Jive-Talking Mom, Barbara Billingsley, at 94.

 

Finally….The answers to these questions will go a long way to determining the Bruins success this season:

  • Can Tuukka Rask take the next step and become a No. 1 goaltender?
  • Will Tyler Seguin step right in and become a regular offensive contributor?
  • Will Marc Savard even play this season?
  • Will Michael Ryder and Blake Wheeler continue to suck?
  • How does Jack Edwards keep his job?
  • Can Milan Lucic get back on track after an injury-riddled 2009-10?
  • Where the hell is the records room?
  • Will Nathan Horton become the next Garden crowd favorite?
  • How improved will the B’s defense be, with the first full season from Dennis Seidenberg and the emergence of Mark Stuart and Johnny Boychuk?

Back to back games against the Washington Capitals starting tomorrow night….Home Opener Thursday night

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3 Responses to “2010-2011 Boston Bruins Season Opens with a Split in Prague, and a Win in New Jersey; Bruins Write Big Czechs for Bergeron and Chara”

  1. BornAgainBruinsFan Says:

    Clarence,
    Good to see that you survived the off-season. I held my breath each morning until I checked the equine obits for suicides.

    So far so good, eh Clarence?

    It looks like Tim won the the int’l Prague-ing rights and his fine play has continued. 2 goals in 3 games!!! It’s hard to not like whats been shown so far.

    Back at the Garden tomorrow. Can they keep it up?

    And yes, Clarence, it was sad to learn of Barbara Billingsly’s demise. Her beaver’s weekly exploits, whether getting poked by Eddie Haskel or hugged by Miss Landers, the kindergarten teacher, provided wholesome family entertainment for many.

  2. BornAgainBruinsFan Says:

    Damn Clarence,
    What is Tim on? …Gotta like what Horton’s shown so far, eh!

    Saw this guy on the View today, brought back fond memories

    • Hey Pedro~!
      the equine obits“….I smell a band name! B’s look great after a 6% sampling…..

      In the “ya don’t say” department, I saw Leon and Elton Saturday night at the Citi Wang as the headliners of T. Bone Burnett‘s Speaking Clock Revue….Elvis Costello (as part-time MC), Greg Allman, John (don’t call me Cougar) Mellencamp, Neko Case, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges (yes, the DUde himself)….I’m sure I’m forgetting someone. Ah yes…the Punch Brothers…they were pretty good. Here’s a few pictures…one of the house band and the Punch Brothers (on the right), and then one from the Grand finale with Leon and Elton:


      Great Home Opener….Clarence is back, and he’s buckin’ and snortin’!!

      And just days after losing America’s “TV mother“, Barbara Billingsley, a generation (mine) lost their “TV father” in Tom Bosley, “Mr. C” from Happy Days:


      America’s “TV children” better watch out…they’re next! ….The Brady kids? ….The Partidge kids? ….Gary Coleman? Oh…wait…

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