|Steven Kampfer OK with being left off the Cup||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.
|Bruins beginning to line things up||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.”
|Bruins make seven more cuts||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.
|Bruins beat Habs in Montreal||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.
|Bruins announce Monday’s roster||09.26.11 at 12:44 pm ET|
The Bruins have announced their roster for Monday’s game against the Canadiens. Unlike Sunday’s exhibition, this one will be played in Montreal, so the Bruins have left former Hab Benoit Pouliot off the roster, something Claude Julien had previously suggested they might do.
Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask
|Bruins defeat Habs in third preseason game||09.25.11 at 11:56 pm ET|
The Bruins scored in all different ways, shapes and forms Sunday night in Halifax as they defeated the Canadiens, 7-3.
Zdeno Chara and Daniel Paille each had shorthanded goals, while Brad Marchand, who hails from Halifax, scored on the power play. The B’s also received goals from Joe Corvo, Gregory Campbell, Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron. Anton Khudobin played goal for the Bruins.
The B’s will play the Habs again on Monday, as the Bruins will return to the Bell Centre for the first time since losing Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
|Nathan Horton, Joe Corvo to make preseason debuts Sunday||09.25.11 at 4:13 pm ET|
The Bruins’ roster for Sunday night’s game against the Canadiens in Halifax features a couple of guys who have not yet played this preseason. Both Nathan Horton and Joe Corvo will make their preseason debuts. The roster is as follows:
Defensemen: Joe Corvo, Zdeno Chara, Zach McKelvie, Adam McQuaid, Steve Kampfer, David Warsofsky
Goaltenders: Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask