|10.04.11 at 11:20 am ET|
With their banner raising ceremony on opening night just two days away, the Bruins held a full practice on Tuesday morning at TD Garden.
The full squad, except for defenseman Adam McQuaid, was in attendance as the team prepares for the Flyers on Thursday, one of the teams the Bruins beat in their stunning Stanley Cup title run in the playoffs last spring. McQuaid missed the practice with an illness.
Tuesday also marks media day for the Bruins, followed by the arrival of their Stanley Cup rings later in the day by armored vehicle.
|10.02.11 at 12:03 pm ET|
The Bruins have made two more cuts, bringing their roster to 25 players after sending forwards Max Sauve and Lane MacDermid to Providence.
The Bruins will hold team-building activities Sunday and Monday at an undisclosed location.
|10.01.11 at 1:10 pm ET|
The Bruins announced Friday night that defenseman Steven Kampfer has a sprained MCL and will miss between two and four weeks. Kampfer injured his left knee Thursday night on a hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen in the Bruins’ 2-1 loss at TD Garden.
Kampfer’s absence means Matt Bartkowski will be the team’s seventh defenseman when the season begins Thursday against the Flyers. Kampfer and Bartkowski had been in a tight race for the spot prior to Kampfer’s injury.
This is Kampfer’s second knee injury since late last season. The Michigan native had previously injured his right knee playing for Providence and was unavailable through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
|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.