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Black vs. White game recap

Saturday, 09.17.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Black vs. White game recap
Boston, Mass. - It was an exciting night for many. After more than a year without hockey, 4,695 fans filled Agganis Arena at Boston University for the annual Black vs. White intrasquad scrimmage, kicking off the 2005-06 preseason schedule. The game was a first look at this year’s Bruins team and a glimpse of some of the young talent the Bruins have assembled. Played in two 25-minute periods, the game also offered some insight into the new look NHL.

Ian Moran got the scoring started for the White team at 7:26 on the power play, with assists from Tyler Redenbach and Jay Leach. The Black team would tie the score at 1 on Jonathan Sigalet’s power play goal, but it would be their only score of the night.

At 21:16, Ian Moran was credited with his second power play goal of the game, finishing the scoring in the first period.

Zdenek Blatny added a power play goal 6:46 into the second to put the White team up 3-1, and David Krejci scored at 20:46 to give the White team the 4-1 victory.

After the game, three players from each team participated in a shootout. Alex Zhamnov and Petr Kalus scored for the White team, and Ben Walter for the Black Team. All three were highlight worthy goals. The other participants were Patrice Bergeron for the White team and Joe Thornton and Kris Versteeg for the Black team.

Zhamnov leads power play in win

Veteran playmaker Alex Zhamnov spent most of the night quarterbacking the power play for the White team, notching two assists. If the game was any sign of things to come, Bruins fans will love seeing Zhamnov on the point.

"I thought Zhamnov had a great game, and I thought Patrice Bergeron had a great game," said Coach Sullivan. "Those guys really made plays and they seemed to have a little chemistry on the power play together. Those are two guys that we expect big things from."

Sullivan likes what he sees

"This is a process and we want to make sure that we’re thorough and we do the right thing," said Sullivan. "I think as a coaching staff we’re comfortable with where we’re at, realizing that we’ve got a ways to go. It’s just part of the process, but we’re right where we expect to be."

Raycroft in the fold

Most of the buzz that filled the arena was centered on goaltender Andrew Raycroft, who re-signed with the team just hours before the start of the game.

Before the puck dropped, Bruins General Manager Mike O’Connell spoke about the signing.

“We want to field the best team we can and Andrew’s a big part of it,” said O’Connell. “He’s an important player, he’s a terrific individual, and we hope to have him for a number of years."

Game notes

Hannu Toivonen got the start in net for the White team, with Jordan Sigalet starting for the Black team. Each faced 10 shots in the period… Mike Brown replaced Toivonen, saving all 10 shots he faced in the second period. Mike Ayers came in for Sigalet and faced 7 shots… Alex Zhamnov had two assists on the night, both from quarterbacking the power play… All five goals scored came on the power play… Brian Leetch was a healthy scratch from the game.

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