Any goal by Bruins center Marc Savard would have sent Saturday’s crowd at TD Garden into a frenzy. A redirect to start off the first period, an insurance tally in the second &- any indication that Savard was already able to contribute to the Bruins’ offense in his first game back from a concussion would have been more than welcome.
When then-sophomore defensemen Colby Cohen scored the game-winning goal of the 2009 NCAA National Championship game, Ross Gaudet was standing at ice level in a suit, watching from the tunnel. Gaudet was well-versed in watching games that season&-he was one of two players on the 2008-09 Boston University men’s hockey team to never dress for a game. He was the only player on the team who missed the entire season without suffering a season-ending injury.
The Boston University men’s hockey team’s story isn’t new or unique.
Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker said he “had a couple guys on the line” that he could get if and when junior defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen decided to go pro. We now know who one of those guys is.
The start of Nick Bonino’s NHL career moved quickly. The 21-year-old former junior ended his time with the Terriers with a semifinal loss to the University of Maine on March 19. Less than two weeks later, Bonino was on the ice playing for the Anaheim Ducks with Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermeyer, knocking home a loose puck in the slot for his first-career NHL goal.