NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, March 6th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (27-32-6-3) at Boston Bruins (32-16-13-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to move up in the Eastern Conference
standings tonight, as they welcome the Atlanta Thrashers to the FleetCenter.
Boston, with 84 points, is tied with Ottawa for fourth in the Eastern
Conference -- two behind Northeast Division-leading Toronto. Both the B's and
Senators are four points behind Tampa Bay and Philadelphia for the top spot in
On Thursday, Joe Thornton scored twice to lead the Bruins over the New York
Rangers, 3-1. Newly-acquired Sergei Gonchar also lit the lamp in his Bruins
debut as Boston won for the second time in three games.
The Bruins obtained Gonchar from the Washington Capitals Wednesday in exchange
for young defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, and a first and second-round pick in
this year's draft.
Also making his debut with the club was center Michael Nylander, who was
plucked away from the Washington Capitals' fire sale. Nylander was had for
second-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft.
Felix Potvin had a relatively easy night, facing only 16 shots before losing a
bid for his second straight shutout with 40.9 seconds remaining. Defenseman
Jiri Slegr recorded two assists.
The Bruins, who are 10-3-1-1 in their last 15 home games, complete their two-
game homestand tonight.
The Thrashers were handed a 3-2 overtime loss by Carolina on Friday, as Kevyn
Adams scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway with less than a second
remaining in the extra session.
Patrik Stefan and Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre both scored for the Thrashers, who
went 0-for-9 on the power play and had their three-game winning streak
snapped. Pasi Nurminen finished with 31 saves.
Boston has won two straight and six of its last eight meetings with the
Thrashers. Atlanta has also dropped three in a row and four of its last five
03/06 10:06:34 ET