Archive for September, 2011

Bruins lose preseason opener

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Bruins dropped their preseason opener Wednesday in Ottawa, as they were dropped by the Senators, 2-1, in overtime.

Swedish forward Mika Zibanejad scored the game-winner for the Senators, beating Tuukka Rask 3:17 into overtime. Rask played the entire game for the Bruins, stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced. The other Ottawa goal came from Brian Lee.

Lane MacDermid scored the Bruins’ lone goal.

The Bruins’ next preseason game will be played Friday at TD Garden when the defending Stanley Cup champions host the Islanders.

Claude Julien likes what he saw from tough guy Anthony Camara

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON — Anthony Camara was the first OHL player returned to his team by the Bruins in this year’s training camp, but coach Claude Julien had some kind words for the team’s third-round pick.

“He’s a pretty tough individual that can play the game. We’ve always said that before. We like to find guys that if they’re going to be guys that are tough hockey players and want to play part of that role, they’ve got to also know how to play hockey,” Julien said of Camara. “That’s why we drafted this guy. He’s got some decent skills, and his skating his actually pretty good. This year was just an experience here for him. He got a taste of what pro hockey is all about. He’s going to come back next year an even better and more comfortable player.”

The 18-year-old Camara will return to the Saginaw Spirit, where he has established himself as one of the league’s top fighters over the last two years. Here’s a video of Camara dropping the gloves with fellow B’s prospect Tyler Randell.

Bruins expect Tuukka Rask to play full game Wednesday

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Tuukka Rask will start Wednesday. (AP)

WILMINGTON — Bruins coach Claude Julien said Wednesday that the Bruins expect goalie Tuukka Rask to start the team’s preseason opener against the Senators in Ottawa and play the full 60 minutes.

“He should play the whole 60 minutes barring how he feels and everything else,” Julien said. “We kind of told him we’d gauge it as he goes along, but if he feels good, I’ll probably leave him in there for the whole 60.”

Rask made 15 saves on 16 shots in a little more than a period and a half of Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage.

Joe Corvo had same groin injury last year, David Krejci leaves practice

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Joe Corvo

WILMINGTON — Bruins center David Krejci was the latest player to leave the ice with a tight groin, as he did not finish Wednesday’s practice. Coach Claude Julien revealed that a tight groin was also the reason for Joe Corvo’s exit during the first period of Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage.

“[Corvo] had a tight groin, so before anything happened, we pulled him out and we’re giving him a little bit of rest,” Julien said. “Krejci did the same thing today. We told him to get off the ice, so it’s jut a typical training camp thing that happens. We’re being more cautious than we are being risky.”

As it relates to Corvo, Julien hit the nail on the head with the “typical training camp thing that happens” part. The veteran blueliner dealt with the same groin issue in last year’s training camp, but said that his experience with it is that it goes away quickly with rest and lots of icing.

“It’s something that I had last year too in camp,” Corvo told WEEI.com Wednesday. “It’s just the groin’s tired. It’s kind of telling me to pull back a little bit and give it a couple days rest. I’m sure it will be fine tomorrow.”

Corvo said he experienced pain in the groin after changing directions during his second or third shift of the scrimmage. Neither Krejci nor Corvo will play in Wednesday’s preseason opener, though Krejci was already not in the lineup prior to the injury.

Bruins release six from camp

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON — The Bruins have made their first round of cuts from main camp, as they announced Wednesday that Anthony Camara, Tyler Randell, Yannick Riendeau, Stefan Chaput, Calle Ridderwall and Kyle MacKinnon. All but Camara will head to Providence, while Camara will return to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.

Patrice Bergeron to youngsters: keep it simple in first game

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Patrice Bergeron played his first preseason game seven years ago. (AP)

WILMINGTON — When it comes to learning from veterans, the preseason is a time for younger players to be sponges (and for writers to use the sponge cliché). With a couple of youngsters set to play their first preseason games, Patrice Bergeron can offer some advice.

The 26-year-old alternate captain can remember his first first preseason game, which he played as an 18-year-old in Montreal. The Quebec native has fond memories of his first time facing NHL competition, and for the likes of Dougie Hamilton and David Warsofsky, both of whom will play in their first preseason games Wednesday, he has a message.

“Just go out there and play your game,” Bergeron said of what advice he would give the youngsters. “Enjoy it. It only happens once, right? Just go out there and have fun. Keep it simple. There’s a reason why you’re here. Just do your thing.”

Hamilton did his thing by blocking a shot and battling through the rest of his shift in Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage. The real question is, with brother Freddie Hamilton‘s Sharks playing the Ducks, which game will the Hamilton household watch?

Zdeno Chara returns to practice, Joe Corvo absent

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON — Just hours before the B’s preseason opener in Ottawa, the team held a pair of practices Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena. The first hour-long session featured the players dressing for the contest, with non-game players skating in the second session. (For Wednesday’s roster, click here).

Zdeno Chara, who is not playing, returned to the ice for the first time since leaving Monday’s practice with a left leg contusion. Joe Corvo, who left Tuesday’s black and white scrimmage with a lower body injury, did not practice.

Third-round pick Anthony Camara was not on the ice, suggesting he may have been cut from camp. We’ll have more on that after Claude Julien speaks to reporters.