|At long last, Adam McQuaid returns to game action||09.25.14 at 1:10 am ET|
On Wednesday, Adam McQuaid did something he hadn’t done since January: He played a hockey game.
McQuaid, who has battled injuries throughout his career, was limited to just 30 games last season by a quad injury. When it became clear that he wasn’t going to be better to play at any point in the postseason, the team opted for him to have ankle surgery to correct another area that had been bothering him.
“It’s been a while,” McQuaid said after the game. “It definitely felt good to be out there and to be part of a win again. At times I felt pretty good; other times there was a little bit of rust here and there. I’m just trying to keep building on things and pushing forward.”
McQuaid spent the game on a pairing with Matt Bartkowski. The 27-year-old didn’t fight in the game, but he definitely played the physical style that helped him earn a job in Boston during the team’s Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 season.
“I think he came out and tried to make a statement there that he’s ready to play, and he wants to be here,” Claude Julien said. “I thought he played a real strong game. I gave him high marks for his first game back, and how well he played for his first game back.”
McQuaid said during informal practices earlier this month that he was healthy, but that the biggest adjustment as he returned was going to be the game speed. He said he found that to be the case Wednesday.
“It’s a fast game and if you’re not making decisions quick enough, you’re going to get yourself into trouble,” he said. “I did that a few times, just not making decisions quick enough and moving the puck quick enough.”
Fortunately for McQuaid, any mistakes, including a turnover in front of the Bruins goal that led to a scoring chance on which the Capitals hit the post in the third period, won’t harm the B’s in the preseason. The priority is being healthy and feeling healthy, and McQuaid said the ankle feeling good made a difference.
“Quite a bit,” he said. “It had been a while, so I didn’t realize how much it was bothering me until I was able to get it taken care of and still continuing to see it improve. It definitely feels a lot better.”
|Ryan Spooner understands Claude Julien is trying to motivate him||09.24.14 at 10:48 pm ET|
Claude Julien has given more than a couple of … let’s say “motivational” quotes about Ryan Spooner the last couple of days, as the Bruins coach has answered questions about the 2010 second-round pick with some rather blunt responses.
So after Wednesday’s game, Spooner was asked straight-up: Does he think his coach is trying to motivate him with his public comments?
“Yeah,” Spooner said. “At the end of the day I think he just wants me to be a more all-around player. It’s something that I’ve been trying to improve on, so I’m just going to go forward with it like that.”
Here’s what Julien said Tuesday when asked about Spooner knowing he was blocked on the depth chart in training camp last year:
“Maybe that’s why he didn’t make it, if he thought he didn’t have a chance. We give everybody a chance that deserves to be here. I think it’s important that he keeps an open mind.
“As always, if he’s that good, we’ll make room for him. We’ve always done that in the past. I don’t think we’ve ever let guys rot in the minors when they deserve to be here. That applies to him; it’s up to him again to come in here in these preseason games and show that he’s an improved player and that he belongs on this hockey club.”
Then, after Spooner scored a goal and was on the ice for two against the Canadiens, Julien said this, per The Boston Globe:
“We love his game offensively. At the same time, you can score one goal, but if you give up two, you’re not helping your team. We need commitment from that part of his game. He said he’s going to work hard at it. But it’s a good start for him. The goal he scored was one we’ve asked him to do — take pucks to the net. That’s a step in the right direction for him.”
|Zdeno Chara scores as Bruins beat Capitals in preseason meeting||09.24.14 at 9:30 pm ET|
The Bruins beat the Capitals, 2-0, in their second game of the preseason Wednesday night at TD Garden.
Zdeno Chara scored on the doorstep during a third-period power play to finally break a scoreless tie. The power play came as a result of a boarding penalty on John Erskine for shoving Jared Knight into the boards head first. Knight stayed in the game.
The B’s also got an empty-netter from Simon Gagne in the final seconds of the game.
Tuukka Rask played the first two periods, stopping all 14 shots he saw. Jeremy Smith, who was signed in the offseason to back up Malcolm Subban in Providence, turned in a scoreless third period, including the play of the game in which he came across his net to rob Andre Burakovsky with a glove save.
The lines for the game were:
Marchand – Bergeron – Griffith
Gagne – Khokhlachev – Leino
Florek – Kearns – Knight
Lindblad – Spooner – Fallstrom
Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – McQuaid
Breen – Trotman
|David Pastrnak, Gregory Campbell remain out as Bruins prepare for Capitals||09.24.14 at 1:22 pm ET|
The Bruins will play their second preseason game Wednesday when they host the Capitals at the Garden.
Ryan Spooner and Simon Gagne are the only two players in the lineup who also played Tuesday in Montreal. Spooner had a goal in that game but received a mixed review from Claude Julien because of his defensive play.
The roster for the game is as follows:
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Chris Breen, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith
David Pastrnak (shoulder), Gregory Campbell (core) and Linus Arnesson (groin) continue to remain out for the Bruins, while Anthony Camara also missed practice. Arnesson began skating again this week.
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|Bruins drop preseason opener to Canadiens||09.23.14 at 11:18 pm ET|
The Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-2, in the teams’ preseason opening game Tuesday at the Bell Centre.
The Bruins jumped out to a two-goal lead on goals from Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser, but three unanswered goals from Jiri Sekac, Christian Thomas and Drayson Bowman gave Montreal the victory.
Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban both played net for the Bruins, with Svedberg making 16 saves on 18 shots over two periods and Subban stopping nine of 10 shots in the third.
The Bruins will host the Capitals Wednesday at TD Garden in the second game of their seven-game preseason schedule.
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|Claude Julien: David Pastrnak, Gregory Campbell ‘getting close’||09.23.14 at 2:14 pm ET|
Neither David Pastrnak (bruised shoulder) nor Gregory Campbell (core) practiced Tuesday, and both will miss Tuesday night’s preseason game against the Canadiens. Linus Arnesson (groin) skated on his own Monday and is getting closer to rejoining practices.
Campbell has yet to participate in training camp practices.
“He’s getting better every day is what I’ve been told. He hasn’t skated yet, but he’s really feeling optimistic,’ Claude Julien said before the team left for Montreal Tuesday. “From what I’m being told by our trainers, he’s getting closer and closer.”
Pastrnak left the first of two sessions Saturday with after getting hit into the boards. He has not taken the ice since.
The 2014 first-round pick spent his only full day of camp, Friday, on a line with David Krejci.
“Pastrnak is still day-to-day. He’s feeling better all the time as well,” Julien said. “I would put [him and Campbell] in the same boat,’ he said. ‘Trainers haven’t told me that they’re ready to practice yet, but they’re getting close and that’s the report that I’m getting from our guys.”
Craig Cunningham, who was recently dealing with mono, joined training camp Tuesday.
|David Pastrnak, Gregory Campbell remain out for Bruins||09.22.14 at 2:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins continued training camp with two practices at Ristuccia Arena Monday. The team was still split into two squads, though they were different from the two groups the B’s had used in the first two days of practices.
David Pastrnak (shoulder) did not practice Monday, while Gregory Campbell (core) and Linus Arnesson (groin) also were absent. Milan Lucic, who did not play in Sunday’s scrimmage as he continued his recovery from wrist surgery, did take part in Monday’s practice.
After the practice, Claude Julien gave a slight update on Pastrnak’s condition.
“To be honest with you, I’ve been told he’s day-to-day. What does that mean? Exactly what they’re saying,” he said. “It’s not a dislocated shoulder; it’s nothing like that. It’s some sort of a bruised shoulder, so we’ve got to wait and see how it heals.
Julien downplayed that missing time could ruin Pastrnak’s chances of making the team. Even if Pastrnak misses some time in training camp, the B’s can keep him for nine games of the regular season before they have to make a decision on beginning his entry-level contract or returning him to his team in Sweden.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s day-to-day,” Julien said. “We’ve still got some time before the regular-season. I can’t control [when he returns], but we’ll see when he’s ready to come back.”
With Reilly Smith and Torey Krug still without contracts, Seth Griffith remained on Patrice Bergeron‘s line in place of Smith, with Brad Marchand in his usual spot on the other wing. Matt Fraser and Loui Eriksson flanked David Krejci. Pastrnak had been on Krejci’s right wing until he suffered his shoulder injury in the first of two sessions for his group on Saturday.
The Bruins have a busy week of preseason games ahead of them, as they will play four games this week beginning with an exhibition against the Canadiens Tuesday night in Montreal.
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