BOSTON -- There wasn't much for Bruins fans not to like as they got a glimpse at their team's future on Wednesday night. They got the scoring (Jordan Caron), the fighting (a few guys) and, perhaps the reason they packed the Garden, a good look at Tyler Seguin.
The game also saw a key Bruins prospect leave the ice in a bloody setting, but all things considered, the positives greatly outweighed the negatives in a 5-2 victory.
Speaking after the game, Peter Chiarelli noted that some of the players seemed a bit nervous early on, something the players themselves admitted. Perhaps that is why the teams followed a conservative and scoreless first period with 40 minutes of goals and fighting majors.
Though Jack Edwards and all 11,571 fans in attendance earn honorable mention, we'll limit those spotlighted to Bruins rookies. Here are five that certainly garnered attention Wednesday night.
With all eyes on Seguin, Caron put on a show for those in attendance that Seguin himself called "unreal."
Caron's first goal served as the game's opening tally when he deflected one from Matt Delahey past Islanders goalie Mikko Koskinen, who was chosen six picks after Caron in 2009. The second came on the power play that followed an injury to Joe Colborne, and an empty netter with 37.5 seconds left sealing both a win for the Bruins rookies and the loss of headwear throughout the Garden.
"It was fun," Caron said of the hats that littered the ice following his third goal. "It was kind of a dream come true, even though it was just a rookie game. Everybody wishes to see those hats coming on the ice. It was a nice feeling."
Though there were 11,571 in the house wowed by Caron, the crowd response was just as amazing for the winger.
"They were really into it, after goals and after fights," Caron said. "I think you [could] see Boston is a very good town for hockey."
Ultimately, Seguin could do no wrong in his first public appearance at the Garden. Case in point: Seguin made a nice pass through the neutral zone to set up a beautiful Lane MacDermid goal, and when Edwards announced the goal, the difference in applause between the goal and the assist was quite evident.
Even so, it would be hard to say that Seguin disappointed. His pair of assists (his second came on Caron's second goal) made for a nice night statistically and he displayed -- albeit infrequently -- a fair amount of aggression on the puck from time to time. Chiarelli spoke highly of his work skating with the puck and as a whole liked what the rookie did.
"Tonight, what I saw from Tyler was what we saw from him for the most part when we scouted him," Chiarelli said. "He was a little tentative, but it's all relative with him because he's such a highly skilled player. You saw some of the passes you saw of the little plays that he made, mature plays that he made on moving up the ice with the puck. You're going to see a lot more of what you saw tonight, but on a more consistent basis."
Seguin finished the night with three shots, a number that the GM said will undoubtedly go up.
"I've seen games where he's had 10 shots, so you're going to see more shooting," Chiarelli said. "That comes with confidence and that comes with more games."
Chiarelli pointed out that Seguin had a "couple of gaffes" in his own end, seemingly one of which was a play he slowed up on late in the first first period, allowing an Islanders forward to fire a shot on Adam Courchaine. Chiarelli added that because it is his first foray into such a level of play, "you've got to cut him some slack."
Seguin was one of the guys who admitted to getting more comfortable as the game went on, and it was evident. It should be interesting to see what he does Thursday night.
The former University of Denver center and 2008 16th overall pick didn't hold back when expressing his excitement to play on the same ice as the Bruins, but his night was cut a bit short when he broke his nose and chipped his tooth on a crowded play more than halfway through the the third period.
Up until his injury, Colborne was using his 6-foot-5 frame to his advantage, including a tussle with two Islanders youngsters before his lineman, MacDermid, came to his aid.
On the play he was injured, which led to a game misconduct for Islanders forward Justin DiBenedetto, it was not a pretty sight. Chiarelli said he believed that it was a Bruins stick that caught Colborne, but whatever it was got him got him good. The scene was immediately covered in blood, and Colborne continued to bleed onto the ice as he skated off slowly.
Chiarelli said after the game that in speaking with Colborne, the young center was "in good spirits," but that people shouldn't expect him on the ice for Thursday's rematch.
"My guess is, yeah, he won't be playing tomorrow," Chiarelli said.
The tickets were likely sold for the forwards the Bruins would be putting on the ice, but the netminder had one of the biggest games of any Boston youngster. The former Ottawa 67 had 31 saves on a night in which he remained calm through a hectic game.
"Sometimes in a situation like that when you haven't played in a long time and you go out and you kind of have to get in a groove, I find sometimes to try to be more calm than [have] a lot of energy," Courchaine said after the game.
Like Seguin, Courchaine was one of the guys praised by Chiarelli in his post-game press conference.
"He's actually come a long way conditioning-wise, and his approach to the game," Chiarelli said. "You've seen it in the testing, and you saw it tonight. He's [going] in the right direction."
Michael Hutchinson will start between the pipes for the Bruins on Thursday.
ANYONE WHO DROPPED THE GLOVES
And there were plenty of them, with a total of eight fighting majors being handed out over the last two periods. The best fight of the night was a second-period bout between former Yale defenseman Ryan Donald and the Islanders' Alex O'Neil. Donald is undoubtedly one of the tougher guys out on the ice, but both players landed solid shots in the showdown. As a result, Donald was sporting some stitches below his lip after the game.
Antoine Roussel, Tyler Randell, and Matt Delahey also got fighting majors in the game. Asked whether he thought the scrappiness of the first game might more fighting early in the second game, Donald looked more to getting comfortable against the Islanders as a defenseman than as a fighter.
"It should be fun. It will be interesting," Donald said. "They kind of know what to expect a little more, you kind of get a feel for them, and hopefully it will be more of the same.
"You take it as it comes," he later added. "You've got guys in here that will back everybody up, and you play hard. You don't want to let [fighting] change your game at all, because that's what they're looking for."