|09.30.11 at 11:41 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Friday at Ristuccia Arean as they began to prepare for their final game of the preseason. Steven Kampfer was not on the ice, as the young defenseman injured his left knee Thursday night and had an MRI scheduled for Friday. With Kampfer out, Shawn Thornton donned a black jersey as a defenseman.
Here’s how the lines looked.
Lane MacDermid – Gregory Campbell – Chris Clark
|09.29.11 at 10:26 pm ET|
Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer put forth a strong bid to start the season in Boston with his performance Thursday, but it was an injury suffered late in the Bruins’ 2-1 loss to the Senators that may have taken him out of the equation.
Kampfer suffered a left knee injury on a hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen. B’s coach Claude Julien said after the game that Kampfer would have an MRI on Friday, and that he had liked what he saw out of the defenseman prior to the injury. Kampfer entered the game competing with Matt Bartkowski for the seventh defense spot.
“They’re both pretty good,” Julien said. “Actually, I thought Kampfer was having a real good night and skating and moving the puck.”
Kampfer injured his right knee and was on crutches late last season.
|09.29.11 at 9:25 pm ET|
David Rundblad beat Tim Thomas on the power play with 4:01 remaining in regulation to give the Senators a 2-1 victory over the Bruins Thursday night.
The Bruins got on the board in the first period thanks to a power play goal from Milan Lucic. David Krejci sent the puck to Nathan Horton in the corner, who sent it in front of the net to Lucic, who slammed it home past Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson.
Daniel Alfredsson scored the equalizer in the third period, breaking up Tim Thomas‘ shutout bid. Another Senators goal was disallowed when Colin Greening made contact with Thomas on the play.
The B’s will wrap up the preseason Saturday night in Bridgeport, Conn., against the Islanders.
Here are a few notes from the game:
— Steven Kampfer was the game’s injury casualty, as he fell awkwardly following a hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen along the boards. It seemed that Kampfer suffered some sort of lower-body injury, as he remained down on the ice before being helped off by teammates.
Kampfer’s regular season was ended by a knee injury in Providence last year.
— Staying on the subject of Kampfer and the seventh defense spot, Kampfer was on a pairing with Zdeno Chara, while Matt Bartkowski played with Adam McQuaid. Kampfer’s injury could play a factor in who opens the season in Boston.
— Ottawa had a hard time staying out of the box at points. The B’s went 1-for-6 on the power play and have scored power play goals in four straight preseason games.
— Thomas didn’t exactly face many challenges Thursday, as much of the action took place in the Ottawa zone. The Senators were beyond sloppy in the Bruins’ end at points, sending passes out of the zone frequently and failing to establish significant pressure. Thomas faced only 16 shots in his previous preseason start against the Islanders. He faced 20 on Thursday.
— Another game means more time for the Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–Rich Peverley line to jell. It appears the B’s are set on giving Mark Recchi‘s old spot to Peverley, who played with the line at points in the postseason last year (most notably Game 7 s. the Lightning). The other obvious candidate for that spot, Tyler Seguin, was among the healthy scratches Thursday. Other healthy scratches included Max Sauve, Lane MacDermid, Shawn Thornton, Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg.
— The B’s used the first line of Krejci between Horton and Lucic along with Chara and Joe Corvo as the first power-play unit. It was that unit that yielded the Lucic goal, while the second unit consisted of Peverley, Bergeron, Marchand, Bartkowski and Kampfer. At times, Kampfer also saw time with the first unit in place of Corvo.
— Speaking of much of the action, Daniel Paille seemed to be in the middle of everything throughout the night. Playing on a line with Campbell and Chris Clark, as well as on the power play, Paille had a few chances for the B’s despite registering just one shot on goal. That shot came on a third-period breakaway that was set up by Clark. He also took two penalties for the B’s.
|09.28.11 at 2:45 pm ET|
Three games, or even one game, is how close Steven Kampfer came to qualifying for his name to be on the Stanley Cup. With players having to play in either 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup finals game, Kampfer, who played 38 regular season games before becoming the team’s seventh defensemen last season and eventually being injured in Providence prior to the playoffs, ended up on the list of players the B’s had to petition for.
The powers that be heard the Bruins’ case, but unlike Marc Savard (25 games played), Kampfer did not end up getting his name on the trophy.
The second-year defenseman said after Wednesday’s practice that he was initially surprised that he wasn’t on the Cup, but that an explanation from general manager Peter Chiarelli helped.
“At first, yeah, but after talking to Peter, it was kind of understandable why I wasn’t,” Kampfer said of his initial surprise. “The background of only playing a year in the league, and how Savvy got on.
“It’s one of those things where I guess I’ll always be linked with the team here. I was here for three quarters of the year, so I just missed it by three games, but you’re part of the team, you celebrate it with the team, you still get your day with the Cup. It’s something that was exciting, and it gives you that hunger to go win again.”
Kampfer is currently battling to make the Bruins out of camp this year, competing with Matt Bartkowski for the seventh defenseman spot.
|09.28.11 at 2:15 pm ET|
The B’s have some decisions and cuts to make before they begin the season on Oct. 6, but Wednesday’s practice saw the B’s bust out the multi-colored practice jerseys in color-coded line drills.
The first line, wearing its usual white, was the Milan Lucic–David Krejci–Nathan Horton group that worked so well last year. Rich Peverley donned a gold sweater along with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, while the third line, wearing green, consisted of Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron. Wearing grey sweaters were Chris Clark, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, with Tyler Seguin, Max Sauve, Lane MacDermid and Shawn Thornton wearing merlot.
“We had five lines and eight D. I think we’re pretty close to the group that we want to be able to work on the stuff that we want to work on as a team. I still think we have room — even with these two games — to evaluate players, because I mean, most of our team is back so it’s not like we’re evaluating ten new players,” Claude Julien said after the skate. “We’ve got some spots that are open and there’s certain players that we want to have a better look at and we’ve got that opportunity.
“I think our guys, with just having a couple of months off, I don’t think they’ve lost that chemistry. I don’t think they’ve lost much and you can see it out there that they’re pretty comfortable with each other whenever you put those guys back as lines so we’re going to continue to evaluate as far as I’m concerned and probably till the last game and our full squad you may see for the first time in the first league game.”
|09.27.11 at 5:07 pm ET|
The Bruins have made seven more cuts from training camp, four days after making a big round of cuts on Friday.
Both Zach Hamill and Trent Whitfield were put on waivers for purpose of assignment Providence, while Jamie Arniel, Colby Cohen, Michael Hutchinson, Zach McKelvie and David Warsofsky will be head to Providence for their camp, which opened camp Tuesday.
The biggest training camp battle remains the seventh defenseman, as both Matt Bartkowski and Steven Kampfer are still in camp.
|09.27.11 at 12:01 am ET|
Tyler Seguin scored his second preseason goal in as many days as the Bruins defeated the Canadiens, 2-1, at Bell Centre Monday. With the win, the B’s swept their two-day trip up north, as they were victorious Sunday night in Halifax against the Habs.
Chris Clark also scored for the B’s. Tuukka Rask played the entire game, making 31 saves and allowing the Habs’ only goal to Michael Cammalleri.
The Bruins are now 3-0-1 in the preseason, losing to the Senators in overtime and defeating the Islanders once and Canadiens twice.