Bruins Top Nords
A night after getting slapped around by the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins visited yet another Francophone destination in Quebec City where they were facing the Nordiques. Walking wounded, the Bruins were missing two of their top scorers in McKenna and Young and had lines shuffled hoping for the best. The secondary players came up big for the Bs in a 4-3 victory.
Libor Dolana opened the scoring, notching a marker in his second straight game. The lead was short lived, however, as the pathetic Bruins PK surrendered yet another goal to Brad Palmer this time to tie it up. The period ended tied at 1 but the shots were 11-9 Bruins.
The second period was uneventful besides some rough play between both teams. The tempers were starting to boil by the end of the period leading up to an eventful third period. Paul Cavallini receive a 5 minute major for checking from behind which thankfully did not result in a major injury for the Nords. Sergei Nemchinov scored his second of the game to give Quebec the lead when the teams were playing 4 on 4. Newly added Kenny Baumgartner scored unassisted on a Quebec turnover to tie things up a couple of minutes later before his night came to an abrupt end. Baumgartner was ambushed by the Nordiques' Derrick Smith which ended up with Baumgartner's head being smashed into the ice. Baumgartner laid motionless for a number of minutes while Boston and Quebec medical staffs worked on him before a stretcher came out taking him off the ice. Baumgartner was awake when he was taken off the ice but he was completely strapped in as they Bruins were taking no chances with their young player. Smith was given a game misconduct on the play.
Quebec struck again on the PP at the 16 minute mark to give their team the 3-2 lead. The Bruins were looking for some sort of spark as you could see that concern on the faces of the players with the injury to Baumgartner. In a surprise to many the PP came through, with Maciver scoring to tie it and Dolana scoring to give the Bs the lead with under a minute remaining. The Bruins held on from there to scate out with the 4-3 victory.
"We are all praying and hoping that Baumer is ok" said Libor Dolana. "We hear he is not injured badly, which is good news. It was dirty play by Smith. We will remember that next time we play them."
It was a dirty play by Smith for sure. Word was received that the NFHL acted swiftly, suspending Smith for 5 games immediately after the game was over. Baumgartner is out for an unspecified period of time, but it is suspected that it will be months.
Next up for the Bruins is the regular season. Let's hope the players can rest up and be healed by the time the pucks start flying for reals.
3. Sergei Nemchinov
2. Norm Maciver
1. Libor Dolana
- Evgeny Shtepa was injured in the third period but is expected to be day to day
- The Bruins PP went 2 for 7, scoring their first 2 goals of the preseason
- The Bruins PK finished ranked last in the preseason
THE SANDWICH REPORT:
The Sandwich Bruins visited Fredericton and skated to another tie, this time a 6-6 decision. Jeff Hackett was in net again for Sandwich and has started all the games in the preseason for the BBs
Bruins Beat WriterBoston Herald