|Patrice Bergeron to make preseason debut on Saturday||09.20.13 at 3:01 pm ET|
Bergeron has participated fully in training camp after suffering a host of injuries in the Stanley Cup finals, including a separated shoulder, torn cartilage, a cracked rib and a punctured lung. He was taken to the hospital following Game 6 and would not have been able to play in a potential Game 7, as he stayed in the hospital for two days.
The 2012 Selke winner’s debut will come two days after Gregory Campbell, who hadn’t played since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, got into game action for the first time this preseason. It will also mark the first time he has played in a game with new linemate Loui Eriksson.
|Gregory Campbell plays, hopes his injury’s three months of fame are up||09.19.13 at 10:33 pm ET|
Gregory Campbell made his preseason debut Thursday, marking the first time he has played competitively since breaking his leg last season in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Campbell wore an ‘A’ for the Bruins centered a line with Daniel Paille and Craig Cunningham in addition to killing penalties. He said following the game that he felt no limitations.
Campbell, like a number of his teammates, isn’t the type to draw attention to himself, and he admitted that while he’s focused on physically and mentally moving on from his famous injury (in case you forgot, he finished his shift on a broken leg), it’s been tougher to do with all the attention he’s gotten for it.
“It’s just time to turn the page,” Campbell said. “Last season’s over, the injury’s over and for me I have to move on and look to being a player that’s going to help this year’s team. As an athlete, you have to have short-term memory, and that’s what I’m trying to do.
“I’m just trying to play my game,” he added. “I understand the attention that it got, but at some point everybody has to move on and focus on what’s important. That’s winning games this season.”
While the veteran center said he didn’t hold anything back because of the injury, he did have a critique of his game in Thursday’s 8-2 loss to the Red Wings, saying he “could have battled a little bit harder.”
On his first shift, Campbell was greeted with a nice ovation from the Garden crowd. That was the nicest the audience would be, as they booed Malcolm Subban and gave Bronx cheers each time he made a save in a four-goal third period.
Nevertheless, the gesture towards Campbell was noticed and appreciated.
“I’m very appreciative of all the support I’ve received from the fans,” he said. “I know that these fans are passionate people and they appreciate hockey. I like to play hard for the fans, the city and the organization, so [after] a long couple of months for me to get back on the ice, it was a nice gesture.”
|Takeaways from Bruins’ preseason loss to Red Wings: Malcolm Subban has rough Garden debut||09.19.13 at 9:34 pm ET|
The Bruins took an 8-2 loss to the Red Wings in their third game of the preseason Thursday night. Here are some takeaways:
- Malcolm Subban let in eight goals, four of which came on Detroit’s first seven shots of the third period. Not a great Boston debut for Subban, but he’s years away from being an NHL goaltender. One day he’ll look back on this game and laugh, although the bronx cheers from the Garden crowd every time he made a save in the third period weren’t so encouraging.
- Both Nick Johnson and Jarome Iginla picked up their third goal in two preseason games played thus far. While Iginla’s goal was the work of Matt Bartkowski (see below), Johnson took a nice feed from Ryan Spooner in the high slot and turned in some nifty stick work before backhanding it top shelf past Jimmy Howard in the third period.
- Gregory Campbell didn’t seem limited at all in his return. He said after the game he didn’t take much contact, but that was more of a criticism of his game than an admission that he was taking it easy.
- Rebound goals were all the rage for the Red Wings in the first period, as both of their tallies came on the doorstep following a Malcolm Subban save. Justin Abdelkader put in his own rebound on the power play for Detroit’s first goal, while a shot from the point on a delayed penalty later in the first yielded a Luke Glendening bid that resulted in a rebound that David McIntyre put past Subban.
- The Bruins seem set with a first power play configuration of David Krejci and Torey Krug at the points, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic up front and Zdeno Chara in front of the net. With the Bruins getting a 50-second 5-on-3 in the second period, the B’s kept the same personnel but switched Iginla and Krejci, putting Iginla on the point.
- Torey Krug has said throughout the preseason that he hasn’t earned anything, but, um'¦ he has. In addition to looking strong in the offensive zone, Krug did something he’s only done once as a professional when he dropped the gloves in the second period. Krug made quick work of David McIntyre, who has three inches on the 5-foot-9 Krug. Later on, Krug and Jordin Tootoo got tangled up in a scrum in the third period.
- Matt Bartkowski continues to look like someone who’s going to be screwed by the fact that he’s a left shot unless the Bruins are willing to get creative with their lineup. Bartkowski was one of the Bruins’ best players Thursday and he picked up the primary assist on Jarome Iginla’s second goal of the preseason. The 25-year-old blueliner borough the puck from the point to the bottom of the circle, where he tossed the puck off Iginla’s skate and in.
Two years ago, Bartkowski probably doesn’t even skate that puck down out of fear of getting the puck stolen and caught deep in the opponent’s zone. He is beyond NHL-ready; it’s just going to be hard to get him into the lineup.
- Speaking of commenting on every defenseman that played, it wasn’t the prettiest night for Adam McQuaid, who probably could have done more in front with McIntyre and Glendening on Detroit’s second goal.
|Bobby Robins out ‘at least two weeks’ with knee injury||09.19.13 at 1:31 pm ET|
The absence of enforcer Bobby Robins at training camp the last two days was explained by coach Claude Julien Thursday, with Julien sharing that Robins suffered a knee injury in Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Capitals and will miss “at least two weeks.”
Robins, 31, spent the last two seasons playing for Providence, where he has gotten in a whopping 59 fights. He was signed to a two-year, two-way contract in the offseason and could eventually take on a role similar to Shawn Thornton‘s once Thornton calls it a career. Thornton is in the final year of his contract but figures to play another season or two after that.
Click here for a feature we recently did on Robins trying to become the next Thornton.
|Gregory Campbell to make preseason debut vs. Red Wings||09.19.13 at 12:25 pm ET|
Gregory Campbell will make his preseason debut Thursday as the Bruins host the Red Wings at TD Garden. Based on Thursday morning’s practice, Campbell will center a line with Daniel Paille and Craig Cunningham.
Campbell, who has participated fully in training camp but did not play in the team’s first two preseason games this week, has not played since breaking his leg in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins.
Zdeno Chara, who sat out the first two games this week, will also make his preseason debut and will likely be paired with Dougie Hamilton.
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|Bruins roster projection: Reilly Smith early favorite for third line||09.18.13 at 7:11 pm ET|
With the first round of cuts done with, here’s something that we haven’t had to do in years with the Bruins: guess who makes the team.
Here’s the first projection:
Thirteenth forward: Jordan Caron
Smith makes it and the Bruins sport an all-lefty third line. Not to worry, as the young forward acquired in the Loui Eriksson trade has plenty of experience playing the off wing, so there won’t be an awkward adjustment period for him. Of the group competing for the job, Smith is clearly the most prepared for it given that he played the majority of last season for the Stars. The B’s really like his two way game and, as is needed in Boston, grit.
“He’s very smart,” Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday of Smith. “He makes good plays in small spaces. He’s got a real good shot. … Very good stick, so on the wrong side he picks pucks very well and is very good on the wall. He’s not the biggest guy, but I think he plays with an edge. He’s got a lot of the things that we like. We’ll have to look at him more closely, but he’s caught my eye a little bit.”
It should be noted that the left side wasn’t just handed to Carl Soderberg either. In fact, he’s only played center to this point in camp (in between Matt Fraser and Craig Cunningham), but he has looked good enough to show that he should be on the NHL roster and playing. The Bruins will need to see just how he fits on the left wing, but they see things in his game that they feel could make him a productive winger and even power-forward-like. Specifically, they like players that think to shoot, and that’s what he is.
The Caron thing remains something of a head-scratcher. On a one-year, one-way deal, Caron may simply be running out of time while the B’s might be running out of patience. He’s never gotten the prolonged stay at the NHL for him to show whether he can hack it, and he’s spent enough time in Providence. He could still seize a third-line job for this season, but it seems Caron will never have a safe spot in the lineup for as long as he’s in Boston.
Seventh defenseman: Matt Bartkowski
Really wanted to be (kind of) bold and toss Zach Trotman in Hamilton’s slot, but after Chiarelli’s words on Wednesday it would appear that Trotman still has a bit of work to do to convince him he’s a better NHL option right now than Hamilton.
Bartkowski, meanwhile, is a victim of being a left shot, just like Hamilton was a victim of being a right shot during the playoffs. The playoffs finally showed us that Bartkowski is legit, and he’d be a no-brainer to make the team were it not for Krug’s quick rise.
This is very subject to change, as Chad Johnson was bad enough in the first few days and preseason game to give Svedberg the edge, but there is still plenty of camp and preseason to determine who is best suited to replace Anton Khudobin.
|Tuukka Rask has ‘no doubt’ Tim Thomas will be successful with Panthers||09.18.13 at 5:53 pm ET|
With the Panthers brining in Tim Thomas to give 23-year-old Jacob Markstrom a seasoned veteran from whom to learn, Tuukka Rask knows from experience that it could be a very good idea.
Thomas and Rask played three seasons together, with Thomas starting most of the games before taking last season off and opening the door for Rask to step in as the No. 1 goalie — a position he held late in the 2009-10 season before Thomas put up a Vezina season and took the B’s to a Stanley Cup championship a year later.
“He’s a great worker; he works hard every day, so I think that’s the part where younger goalies should take from him,” Rask said of Thomas. “Markstrom’s been around for a couple years, but I think he probably still wants to learn something new out of a veteran goalie, and Timmy is a good example of that. He works hard every day and makes you work harder every day. That’s what I got out of it and I think that’s what every goalie with Timmy will get out of it.”
Thomas is on a professional tryout with the Panthers, so he is not on their roster. If they like what they see and give him a deal, the Bruins could see Thomas back in town on Nov. 7.
“That’d be a media debacle going on if that happened,” Rask said. “I was happy to see him come back. I wasn’t going to be surprised if this happened, and it did. I’m hoping that he’s going to make the team and get a good contract and get a good year out of it.”
Given that he is 39 and didn’t play last season, there is certainly question as to whether Thomas can be anything close to the guy who turned in a record-setting 2010-11 season and followed with a strong 2011-12 season, his most recent. Yet if anyone can do it, Rask believes his former teammate can.
“Absolutely,” Rask said. “I don’t know too many goalies at this level who have done that to compare, but definitely if he wants to be good, he will be good. There’s no doubt about that. I don’t think it’s too big of an issue to take a year off and come back. I’m sure he kept himself sharp somehow and maybe saw some pucks. It’s not going to be that big of a deal to come back, but he’s definitely the guy to make it happen if somebody will.”
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