The game was tied 2-2 entering the third when the floodgates opened. Providence went up 5-2 midway through the third but the Bruins stormed back and tied the game. But Providence was able to get another one past Tuukka Rask before adding any empty net goal for the win.
It was a disappointing night for Rask, allowing six goals on 24 shots. For someone who is expected to be the Bruins No.1 goalie, more was expected tonight. The same can be said for Anton Khudobin, who started for Providence and allowed five goals. Bruins fans should be slightly concerned over the state of their NHL goalies.
Another disappointment was the defense. A defensive core that is returning five of the six starters from last year, allowing seven goals is amazing. On one Providence goal, Bruins defensemen stood around and watched as Providence whacked at the puck while Rask tried to cover it up. They need to tighten things up on the backend.
Up front, Chris Bourque made quite the impression. He seemed to always be in the right spot at the right time. He even added a goal. Bourque, Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley made quite the third line and Bourque should stay there with them at least to start the season. This game may have sealed the deal.
On the Providence side, Max Sauve made the Bruins think twice about not inviting him to training camp. He scored twice, his second one was most impressive, deking Rask out of position to get the open net. If he can continue to play like that, he could be one of the first callups if there is an injury.
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