The loss of Andrew Ference for 6-8 weeks due to a tibia injury sustained Thursday against Montreal is certainly a blow to this year's Bruins, who've been remarkably cohesive on offense but are still struggling to make defensive plays. Still, it appears that, for now, the Bruins have found an exciting replacement in Matt Hunwick, who played in his first career NHL game on November 10 of last year against the Sabres and notched his FIRST EVAH pro goal in Toronto last night. Whee!
Hunwick was a 2004 draft pick for the Bruins, but opted to finish out his college career at the University of Michigan; he was team captain during his senior year in 2006-2007. He's considered a shut-down defender with an excellent transition game as well as a good team leader. Here he is (in black) at a pre-season practice with Marc Savard and heavyweight hottie Mark Marquardt (mmm), who will likely be up for the Bruins some time this season.
Hunwick's goal was the second of 3 Bruins goals in a 3-2 win over Toronto (Michael Ryder got the game-winner, much to my delight). Congratulations, Matt! Oh, and Bruins: nice job killing the 6-on-4 power play at the end there. Let's do that, like, all the time, kay?