|09.26.14 at 10:36 pm ET|
The Bruins suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Friday night as they faced the Capitals in their second preseason meeting in three days.
Seth Griffith and Jordan Caron had two points apiece for Boston, with Caron assisting both of Griffith’s goals. The B’s also got scoring from Matt Fraser (his second power-play goal in as many games this preseason) and Matt Lindblad.
Caron stole the puck from Washington defenseman and high-priced free agent acquisition Matt Niskanen to set up Griffith’s first goal and took part in an impressive passing sequence on Griffith’s second goal. After the game, Claude Julien spoke of what Caron’s play is doing for his chances of earning a full-time spot this season after serving as the team’s 13th forward last season.
“I thought he had a real strong game tonight,” Julien told reporters. “There’s no doubt he’s fighting for a spot,and he wants to show us that he belongs here, and if he plays like that, he’s got a real good chance of sticking.”
The Capitals got two power play goals from Alexander Ovechkin, with their other regulation scoring coming from Michael Latta and Liam O’Brien. Troy Brouwer scored the game-winner in overtime.
Niklas Svedberg, who is expected to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup this season, played the entire game for Boston.
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|09.26.14 at 11:33 am ET|
WILMINGTON — Milan Lucic may be getting in his first game action of the preseason this weekend, as the Bruins listed him on the traveling roster for this weekends games against the Capitals and Red Wings.
Lucic, who is returning from offseason wrist surgery, has taken contact in practices but was kept out of the first two games of the preseason. After the practice, Claude Julien said that Lucic will not play Friday against the Capitals but could be a possibility for Saturday’s game against the Red Wings.
David Pastrnak (shoulder) and Gregory Campbell (core) are not traveling and will miss both games. Anthony Camara, who is out with an illness, is also not traveling. Pastrnak has been skating the last two days by himself, according to Julien.
The roster is as follows:
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham, Loui Eriksson, Alex Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Bracken Kearns, Chris Kelly, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Dan Paille, Tyler Randell, Bobby Robins, Ben Sexton, Carl Soderberg, Ryan Spooner.
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg
|09.25.14 at 4:38 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their first round of cuts Thursday as they sent 10 players (seven of whom were in the NHL training camp) to Providence.
The players assigned to Providence were Andrew Ammon, Tommy Cross, Steve Eminger, Rob Flick, Cory Kane, Adam Morrison, Frankie Simonelli, Ethan Werek, Ben Youds, Mike Young. Of that group, only Cross must pass through waivers before he can be assigned.
Cross, Eminger, Flick, Kane, Simonelli, Werek and Youds had all been participating in the team’s training camp, which began last Friday.
|09.25.14 at 1:10 am ET|
On Wednesday, Adam McQuaid did something he hadn’t done since January: He played a hockey game.
McQuaid, who has battled injuries throughout his career, was limited to just 30 games last season by a quad injury. When it became clear that he wasn’t going to be better to play at any point in the postseason, the team opted for him to have ankle surgery to correct another area that had been bothering him.
“It’s been a while,” McQuaid said after the game. “It definitely felt good to be out there and to be part of a win again. At times I felt pretty good; other times there was a little bit of rust here and there. I’m just trying to keep building on things and pushing forward.”
McQuaid spent the game on a pairing with Matt Bartkowski. The 27-year-old didn’t fight in the game, but he definitely played the physical style that helped him earn a job in Boston during the team’s Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 season.
“I think he came out and tried to make a statement there that he’s ready to play, and he wants to be here,” Claude Julien said. “I thought he played a real strong game. I gave him high marks for his first game back, and how well he played for his first game back.”
McQuaid said during informal practices earlier this month that he was healthy, but that the biggest adjustment as he returned was going to be the game speed. He said he found that to be the case Wednesday.
“It’s a fast game and if you’re not making decisions quick enough, you’re going to get yourself into trouble,” he said. “I did that a few times, just not making decisions quick enough and moving the puck quick enough.”
Fortunately for McQuaid, any mistakes, including a turnover in front of the Bruins goal that led to a scoring chance on which the Capitals hit the post in the third period, won’t harm the B’s in the preseason. The priority is being healthy and feeling healthy, and McQuaid said the ankle feeling good made a difference.
“Quite a bit,” he said. “It had been a while, so I didn’t realize how much it was bothering me until I was able to get it taken care of and still continuing to see it improve. It definitely feels a lot better.”
|09.24.14 at 10:48 pm ET|
Claude Julien has given more than a couple of … let’s say “motivational” quotes about Ryan Spooner the last couple of days, as the Bruins coach has answered questions about the 2010 second-round pick with some rather blunt responses.
So after Wednesday’s game, Spooner was asked straight-up: Does he think his coach is trying to motivate him with his public comments?
“Yeah,” Spooner said. “At the end of the day I think he just wants me to be a more all-around player. It’s something that I’ve been trying to improve on, so I’m just going to go forward with it like that.”
Here’s what Julien said Tuesday when asked about Spooner knowing he was blocked on the depth chart in training camp last year:
“Maybe that’s why he didn’t make it, if he thought he didn’t have a chance. We give everybody a chance that deserves to be here. I think it’s important that he keeps an open mind.
“As always, if he’s that good, we’ll make room for him. We’ve always done that in the past. I don’t think we’ve ever let guys rot in the minors when they deserve to be here. That applies to him; it’s up to him again to come in here in these preseason games and show that he’s an improved player and that he belongs on this hockey club.”
Then, after Spooner scored a goal and was on the ice for two against the Canadiens, Julien said this, per The Boston Globe:
“We love his game offensively. At the same time, you can score one goal, but if you give up two, you’re not helping your team. We need commitment from that part of his game. He said he’s going to work hard at it. But it’s a good start for him. The goal he scored was one we’ve asked him to do — take pucks to the net. That’s a step in the right direction for him.”
|09.24.14 at 9:30 pm ET|
The Bruins beat the Capitals, 2-0, in their second game of the preseason Wednesday night at TD Garden.
Zdeno Chara scored on the doorstep during a third-period power play to finally break a scoreless tie. The power play came as a result of a boarding penalty on John Erskine for shoving Jared Knight into the boards head first. Knight stayed in the game.
The B’s also got an empty-netter from Simon Gagne in the final seconds of the game.
Tuukka Rask played the first two periods, stopping all 14 shots he saw. Jeremy Smith, who was signed in the offseason to back up Malcolm Subban in Providence, turned in a scoreless third period, including the play of the game in which he came across his net to rob Andre Burakovsky with a glove save.
The lines for the game were:
Marchand – Bergeron – Griffith
Gagne – Khokhlachev – Leino
Florek – Kearns – Knight
Lindblad – Spooner – Fallstrom
Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – McQuaid
Breen – Trotman
|09.24.14 at 1:22 pm ET|
The Bruins will play their second preseason game Wednesday when they host the Capitals at the Garden.
Ryan Spooner and Simon Gagne are the only two players in the lineup who also played Tuesday in Montreal. Spooner had a goal in that game but received a mixed review from Claude Julien because of his defensive play.
The roster for the game is as follows:
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Chris Breen, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith
David Pastrnak (shoulder), Gregory Campbell (core) and Linus Arnesson (groin) continue to remain out for the Bruins, while Anthony Camara also missed practice. Arnesson began skating again this week.
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