P-BRUINS PLAY FIRST GAME AT NEW DUNK
Providence Hosts Lowell Tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins, the 2007-08 regular season champions of the American Hockey League, continue their preseason this evening at the new Dunkin' Donuts Center, hosting the Lowell Devils at 7:05 p.m. Providence opened the preseason Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over the Springfield Falcons at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Massachusetts.
In Wednesday's victory, the P-Bruins received goals from 2007-08 players Jordan Knackstedt and Adam McQuaid, along with new forwards Greg Classen and Kirk MacDonald. Classen spent last year with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL while MacDonald split last year between the AHL's Albany River Rats and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Between the pipes, Kevin Nastiuk, also with Albany and Florida in 2007-08, stopped 13 of 14 shots while Kevin Regan, who spent the latter part of last season in Rhode Island, blocked all 18 shots he faced for Providence. Special teams played a large role in the win as the P-Bruins converted on three of six power play opportunities and killed all seven penalties they were assessed. The game featured seven fighting majors for each Providence and Springfield and a total of 130 penalty minutes.
On the other side, Lowell has dropped both of its preseason games to this point, 4-1 and 3-2 in overtime. Both games were against the Philadelphia Phantoms.
Providence is coming off of a 55-win, 117-point regular season under former head coach Scott Gordon, now with the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, and the recently promoted Rob Murray, the club's former assistant coach. Murray's assistant this season is Bruce Cassidy, a former head coach of the Washington Capitals, also of the NHL. The two make their Dunkin' Donuts Center debut in their new roles tonight.
The P-Bruins' training camp roster includes 27 players, made up of 14 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders after the addition of three players from the Boston Bruins yesterday - blue-liners Matt Lashoff and Jeff Penner and net-minder Tuukka Rask. Boston placed Martin St. Pierre on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence.
Providence plays its final preseason game Saturday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield against the Falcons at 7:00 p.m.
Providence Bruins season tickets, Flex Tix packages and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2008-09 season. To purchase tickets or to learn more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.