|Shawn Thornton on D&C: Tuukka Rask ‘unbelievable’ vs. Rangers||11.20.13 at 11:44 am ET|
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning to discuss the team’s recent hot streak.
That streak includes a 2-1 win over the Rangers on the road Tuesday night. Thornton tallied the game’s first goal, his third of the season. He also scored against the Blue Jackets last Thursday. Despite the offensive outburst, he still recognizes his role as the team enforcer.
‘That’s still my job, first and foremost,’ Thornton said. ‘[I’ve been] a little lucky the last few games, but I’ve still got my real job.’
Linemate Daniel Paille scored a shorthanded, game-winning goal in the second period.
‘After Paille scored that goal, it kind of gave us a little bit of a lift, and you tend to get pumped up when you see the grinders pop one shorthanded,’ Thornton said.
In the last five games, the fourth line — Thornton, Paille and Gregory Campbell – has a combined four goals, three assists and 19 shots.
‘I always joke with the media that it doesn’t matter who’s on my line, we’re always the fourth line,’ Thornton said. ‘I remember a few years ago, when [Blake] Wheeler was here, I got bumped up to play with [David] Krejci and Wheeler, but everyone just talked about how Wheeler and Krejci got demoted to the fourth line. It doesn’t matter who it is, if I’m on it, it’s still the fourth line.’
While Thornton and Paille provided the offensive fireworks in Tuesday’s victory, goalie Tuukka Rask shut down the Rangers. He allowed just one goal, and recorded 43 saves.
‘Every time we play against those guys he’s unbelievable,’ Thornton said. ‘I think he just really enjoys the challenge of facing Henrik Lundqvist. He earned it last night, he was unbelievable.’
Despite Thornton’s solid play of late, coach Claude Julien opted to make him a healthy scratch for the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Monday.
‘I don’t like sitting out, obviously, no one likes being the guy that’s the odd man out,’ Thornton said. ‘He told me that it wasn’t because of my play, that I’ve been playing pretty well, it’s just [Jordan] Caron was coming up on sitting out 10 games straight, I think, and he wanted to get him in. And Carolina didn’t really have an enforcer threat, so it was as good a time as any to try to get him back in the game.’
|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.”
|Gregory Campbell to make preseason debut vs. Red Wings||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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|Gregory Campbell: Playing Thursday a ‘realistic possibility’||09.18.13 at 12:52 pm ET|
Good news on the Gregory Campbell front, as the veteran center didn’t seemed bothered at all Wednesday in a training camp session packed with battle drills. Asked how he felt after the contact-heavy skate, Campbell said he is continuing to improve “day by day.”
It would appear that Campbell is both in game shape and physically capable to play in games after returning from a broken leg suffered in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins. With the Red Wings in town Thursday, Campbell said that the idea of him making his preseason debut in the game is a “realistic possibility.”
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|Malcolm Subban to face P.K., Gregory Campbell out in preseason opener||09.16.13 at 12:35 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — All members of “Group B” with the exception of Gregory Campbell are expected play in Monday’s preseason opener against the Canadiens. Bruins coach Claude Julien said following Monday’s practice that Campbell, who has participated fully in training camp to this point after returning from a broken leg, is “close” to being able to play in games.
As for the goaltending situation, Julien said he plans to split Chad Johnson and Malcolm Subban “50-50.” That means that Subban will play against his brother, P.K. Subban for the first time ever competitively. Subban’s parents will be at the game, but the 19-year-old suppressed his excitement quite a bit when asked about it Monday.
“It will be pretty cool, obviously,” Subban said. “I’m not too worried about it, though. I’m just focused on the game.”
Here is the group of players going to Montreal:
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Tommy Cross, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Ben Youds
Goaltenders: Chad Johnson, Malcolm Subban
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|Patrice Bergeron still has ‘lingering issues’ from his injuries||09.11.13 at 5:19 pm ET|
No one could’ve expected Patrice Bergeron to be back at 100 percent so soon.
As it turns out, Bergeron himself admitted Wednesday that he’s still dealing with some aches and pains from the multitude of injuries he sustained in order to help the Bruins try to win the Stanley Cup in late June.
He was back in front of his locker Wednesday for the start of training camp and even passed the conditioning test that allows him to take part in full practices with his team.
To recap, Bergeron suffered a separated shoulder, broken rib, torn rib cage cartilage and, most serious of all, a punctured lung between Games 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Blackhawks.
To see him back on Wednesday for the start of training camp was a great sign but as Claude Julien cautioned later, he still hasn’t been cleared for preseason games.
“If I feel fine in the first couple of practices, and I feel like I can bang around and play physical in the 1-on-1 stuff on the ice, I’ll pretty much feel like I’ll be ready to get going and move forward,” Bergeron said, before acknowledging that he still has to be cautious early on in camp. “I guess the next couple of days will really tell me where I stand with the lingering issues.”
This summer, Bergeron spent most of his time rehabbing instead of traditional training.
“Honestly, I’ve been able to do most of my workouts,” Bergeron said. “It just took me more time to start that and get that going. So, I was doing a lot of rehab early on and after that it was more issues with core and reaching out on my sides too much so I’m not doing too many core exercises and stay away from that as much as possible but otherwise, I was able to do pretty much everything.”
And when he wasn’t rehabbing, he was busy getting married to his longtime girlfriend Stephanie Bertrand.
“It went well,” Bergeron said. “It was a fun day and everything went well.”
Bergeron and Gregory Campbell became icons for Boston sports in the spring when both played through remarkable pain to help the Bruins in the playoffs. Bergeron heard a lot of praise over the summer and offered perspective on it on Wednesday.
“I’ve been told that a few times and to be honest, I’ve talked to Soupy a couple of times already about it,” Bergeron said. “We don’t feel like it was anything special, anything extraordinary to be honest with you. We felt like we were just trying to do our job. Same thing for me, I was just trying to be out there and help the team as much as possible on the ice. I’m 100 percent positive that all the guys would’ve done the same thing, especially late in the season in the finals like that. You want to be out there, helping your teammates out.”
|Claude Julien: Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell ‘cleared’ for practice, not games yet||at 1:02 pm ET|
On the first day of training camp, Bruins coach Claude Julien announced what would likely be considered good news by all Bruins followers.
Patrice Bergeron and Gregory Campbell both passed their conditioning drills and have been cleared for full practice with the team. Bergeron suffered a punctured lung, a broken rib, a separated shoulder and damaged cartilage at the end of the Stanley Cup finals in late June. Campbell suffered a broken right leg blocking a slap shot from Evgeni Malkin in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
“They’re going to practice with us, they’re going to be on the ice,” Julien announced Wednesday afternoon during his first full press conference of camp. “When it comes time to play those exhibition games, it’ll be obviously a conversation again with our trainers, making sure that if they’re going to play, there’s not a risk factor.”
The Bruins open their seven-game preseason next Monday night in Montreal against the Canadiens, and it’s unlikely either player would be ready to play, though Julien did leave some wiggle room on Wednesday.
“Right now, I would tell you that they would not be cleared to play a game if we started today but that might chance in the upcoming day or in a week from now,” Julien said. “They can practice with the team. It’s just about playing in an exhibition game.”
Julien also confirmed that everyone who took the conditioning test on Wednesday passed. Julien said he took the excellent conditioning of his team as a sign of where they’re at as a group.
“I don’t think I’m going to need time in camp to assess [conditioning or mentality],” Julien said. “I feel it right now. I think our group is in the right place. I like the feeling of our hockey club right now. These tests today just kind of solidified what I thought. Guys are in great shape. It would’ve been easy guys, after finishing so late, to just kind of shut ‘er down for the summer. But they’ve kept themselves in great and they look excited to get off to a new start here.”
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