The Bruins beat the Devils 2-0 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. The game started sloppy, but that is to be expected for the first preseason game of the year. The Bruins were able to settle down and played much better in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Bruins got two power play goals from newly acquired, Matt Irwin, D.
Bostonpucks’ 3 Stars
3rd Star – Jonas Gustavsson, Goalie
Gustavsson is in Bruins camp on a tryout. He started the game for the Bruins and in the first period he made some really nice saves. The Bruins were sloppy in the opening period and Gustavsson bailed them out by being composed and making timely stops. He hadn’t played in a game since March 8th, so he should be a little rusty, but looked good. If he had an average outing it could have been 2-0 Devils in the first period instead. He did not make any spectacular saves, but was very solid. With that being said I thought Jeremy Smith, who came in half way through the second period, looked good as well and made a couple of really nice saves. With the way both of the goalies played tonight the competition for the backup goalie in camp is going to stay interesting as we get closer to opening night on October 8th.
2nd Star – Matt Irwin, Defense
Matt Irwin scored two power play goals on the night. The first one he pinched down on the backside and Ryan Spooner made a nice pass through the seam. Irwin collected the pass and put it home for a 1-0 lead. The second goal was a blast from the point with Jimmy Hayes providing a screen. Irwin showed that he could be a valuable piece of the power play with good mobility and hockey sense in the offensive zone. A few times during the game he did jump up into the play to create odd man rushes. In the first period when he jumped up into the play however he ended up with a goalie interference penalty.
1st Star – Zac Rinaldo
Zac Rinaldo did not factor in on any of the goals, but he drew two penalties which may have resulted in at least 1 of the Bruins power play goals. Even if none of the penalties he drew did not result in a power play goal they eventually will, and during the season when the teams grinders can cause other teams to draw penalties it is going to help the Bruins. He showed a ton of speed and hard work. On one of the penalties he drew he used his speed to get around a Devil’s defenseman and rang the post with a backhand. The other penalty that he drew he was battling along the boards and the Devil’s player interfered with him. Both of the penalties that he drew were due to moving his feet. If he is able to do that on a nightly basis and not go over the line he is going to be a valuable asset for the Bruins. He was also killing penalties in the game tonight, which is something the Bruins are going to look for him to do this year. A Max Talbot, Chris Kelly and Rinaldo 4th line could be an exciting line to watch due to their hard work and effort.