Phoenix Coyotes defeat Boston Bruins, 5-2

PRAGUE — Here in what the Bruins will remember as the City of Big Contracts — with Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara hitting the Black-and-Gold lottery for a combined $65,500,000 in extensions over two days — they would prefer to forget altogether what happened last night on the ice at O2 arena.

Their game out of synch, their minds as dull as addled tourists attempting to shake jet-lag cobwebs, the Bruins opened the 2010-11 NHL season with an extremely unimpressive 5-2 l...

PRAGUE — Tyler Seguin made his official NHL debut at 1:45 of the first period here last night, the 18-year-old centering a line with Daniel Paille and Michael Ryder.

“You dream, but you dream of winning, right?’’ said Seguin, when asked how he felt to finally realize his goal of playing in the NHL, albeit in a 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at O2 arena. “Definitely not the score we wanted, but . . . let’s hope tomorrow is a different story.’’

Seguin finished with fo...

Twelve seasons of NHL puck-stopping allowed Bob Essensa to call goalies ranging from Rick Tabaracci to Martin Biron his teammates. As the Bruins goaltending coach, Essensa tracks every NHL netminder to provide Black-and-Gold snipers with proper scouting reports. As a general observer of the art of goaltending, Essensa has monitored just about every single player who has strapped on pads and chest protectors in the last four decades.

But even the man known as Goalie Bob ...