Connor Bedard’s response to Brad Marchand: In simply his second NHL sport, Connor Bedard — the primary total decide from the 2023 NHL Draft — might have gotten his “welcome to the NHL second” going up in opposition to Brad Marchand.
Dealing with the Bruins in TD Backyard, Chicago’s Bedard confirmed his resilience, however solely after he took a penalty whereas attempting to defend the 35-year-old Bruins winger. And in one other sequence, Marchand pulled the rookie into the Boston bench.
Nonetheless, the 18-year-old Bedard didn’t appear to assume it was a notable second in his younger profession when requested about battling Marchand.
“No, I don’t assume so,” Bedard mentioned after the sport, in keeping with MassLive’s Lauren Campbell. “It was a fairly transient second. Clearly, I took a penalty out of it.
“That’s what makes him so good is how slippery he’s, and clearly, I sort of tripped him, I suppose,” Bedard acknowledged. “However I don’t know. It’s simply a part of the sport and I don’t know if that was sort of the second I might say it was the ‘welcome to the NHL.’”
Although Chicago misplaced to the Bruins, Bedard managed to tally his first profession NHL objective within the course of.
“It was positively a aid,” he admitted. “I imply, one thing you dream of your entire life. And to have it occur, like I used to be saying earlier than, on this constructing and it’s a fairly, fairly cool place. One other ‘Unique Six’ group to get it [against]. It was a cool second for positive.”
Trivia: Who was the latest participant the Bruins picked primary total in an NHL Draft?
(Reply on the backside).
Trace: It occurred in 1997.
Scores and schedule:
The Bruins received off to a profitable begin with a 3-1 victory over Chicago within the 2023-2024 opener on Wednesday evening. David Pastrnak scored twice (together with one which was assisted by newly-returned Milan Lucic) and Trent Frederic additionally added a objective.
On Saturday, the Revolution will probably be away to play Nashville SC at 8:30 p.m.
And on Sunday, the Patriots will play the Raiders in Las Vegas at 4:05 p.m.
Extra from Boston.com:
A second from opening evening: Quantity 4 linked with a younger Bruins fan.
The stare-down sport: After Atlanta shortstop Orlando Arcia mocked Bryce Harper following his failed base-running gamble in Sport 2 of the NLDS, Harper got here again with two house runs in a 10-2 Phillies win in Sport 3. He stared down Arcia as he rounded the bases every time.
“It’s only a sport. It’s enjoyable,” Harper mentioned in a TBS interview afterward. “All people performed a very good sport. That’s what it’s all about.”
On at the present time: In 1979, Celtics guard Chris Ford hit the primary three-point shot in NBA historical past. Viewing it within the replay under, it’s an anticlimax (being only a seemingly regular-looking play). However it was the primary second of what has change into an inexorable evolution within the sport.
The Celtics, in the meantime, defeated the Rockets that day, 114-106.
Every day spotlight: Lucic to Pastrnak, easy as that.
Trivia reply: Joe Thornton
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