ANTIOCH, TN - Boston's rookies capped off their tournament in Tennessee with a 4-2 victory over Nashville on Tuesday. They finished with a win and two losses, falling to Tampa Bay and Florida.
Griffith got Boston on the board midway through the first period. Mitchell Dempsey stole the puck at the offensive blueline and sent a chip pass up to Griffith, who punched in his first of the tournament from in tight.
Nashville tied it up 1-1 in the final minute of the period, after Griffith took a high-sticking penalty behind the play. Tournament MVP Filip Forsberg then put a power-play goal past Malcolm Subban through traffic.
The Bruins ran into penalty trouble in the second period. With eight seconds left in a Predators' 5-on-3 opportunity, Subban made a split save, stopping the puck under his left skate blade. He followed that up later on the penalty kill with sprawling glove saves that showcased his athleticism.
"That's a good sign that my timing is coming back, so I'm just looking to keep doing that consistently throughout main camp," said Subban.
BOLTON, MA — Throughout the course of his tenure at the helm of the Boston Bruins, Claude Julien has learned that there are some things he can control, and there are some things that are out of his hands.
And as he heads into this year’s training camp with some uncertainty surrounding his roster, he is keeping that in mind.
“You just got to move on,” Julien said, speaking for the first time this season at the 11th Annual Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament in Bolton, Mass. “There can’t be a distraction. Whether it is or not, we’ll just have to deal with it. It’s out of our control.”
BOLTON, MA — The weather wasn’t ideal, but there was still reason to celebrate: The 11th Annual Boston Bruins Foundation Golf Tournament had arrived. In the words of Dennis Seidenberg, that only means one thing: Hockey season is here.
“You go to the golf tournament, you know camp is right around the corner,” the veteran defenseman said. “You know it’s the kickoff of the season.”
The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the Bruins players, alumni, front office personnel and coaches who gathered with fans and sponsors for a round of golf at The International on Tuesday morning. Following the shotgun-style tournament, all attendees enjoyed dinner, a raffle and silent and live auctions.
WILMINGTON, MA — We’ve heard it over and over again. The Bruins have too many defensemen and not enough spots on the roster for all of them.
Now, for the second straight training camp, a group of defensemen who have been deemed NHL-ready -- nine, this year -- know they will have to compete against one another to prove they deserve to be wearing the Spoked-B come opening night.
According to Kevan Miller, though, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“It breeds competition — healthy competition,” Miller said following Monday’s informal skate at Ristuccia Arena. “I think that brings the best out of guys and certainly will bring the best out of me, and I think it makes our team better. So I think it’s good. Good for the team.”
ANTIOCH, TN - The Bruins rookies practiced on Monday morning at the Ford Ice Center, in preparation for their final game of the tournament on Tuesday against Nashville's rookies.
This year's setup gives the teams a beneficial day of rest and practice following back-to-back games, instead of three games in three days like last year's tournament in Florida.
Forward Brian Ferlin and defensemen Linus Arnesson both took maintenance days. A frustrated Anthony Camara had to leave the skate about a half hour early after catching a stick up high, and went to get stitches as a result.
It's been a tough start to camp for Camara, who is trying to shake off the rust from being out of competitive game action since March when he sustained a concussion with Providence.
David Pastrnak has also been victim to an errant stick this week, catching one up high during the first game against Florida. He was missing half of a front tooth afterwards. Seth Griffith has also needed mouth repairs during the tournament.
"We've had a couple guys already visit the dentist down here, so we don't need any more," Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney said with a smile following practice.
The puck drops for Boston's final game of the rookie tournament on Tuesday against the Predators at 1:00 p.m. local/2:00 p.m. ET. While the games are not live streamed, a postgame recap will be posted to BostonBruins.com.
WILMINGTON, MA — Heightened emotions come with the territory when the stakes are high.
Last season, the Bruins wanted to beat Montreal in the second round of the playoffs. They wanted to advance to the conference finals. After winning the Presidents’ Trophy, they thought they had what it took to go all the way.
When those dreams were cut short, it was understandably difficult to swallow.
“It was tough because it ended a lot shorter than you had hoped,” said forward Milan Lucic, speaking for the first time this season after the team’s informal skate at Ristuccia Arena on Monday. “You look at a lot of things — up 3-2 in the series, and you hit all those posts in the series, and you lose to a team that we felt like we should have beaten -- but we didn’t.
“It was something that’s always tough to get over, but I guess once you do get over it, you try to use it as motivation to help you work harder to get yourself ready to come back this season hungrier.”
WILMINGTON, MA — With just a few days remaining until 2014 Training Camp officially opens, the Bruins were able to squeeze in one last informal practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Monday’s session marked the final on-ice session of the offseason, and with the vast majority of players back in town for the start of camp, the players were split into two sessions. The bulk of last year’s roster players skated in the first session at 10 a.m., while many of the Providence hopefuls took the ice for the second session at 11 a.m.
Defenseman Kevan Miller was the lone new arrival for informal practices and was one of the first players out on the ice (behind Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron and David Krejci). He spoke after the skate and said his offseason training went well and he’s excited to be back for camp. When asked about the competition that will naturally develop as a result of the fact that the B's expect to have nine NHL-ready defensemen at camp and only seven spots, Miller said he is looking forward to the healthy competition.
ANTIOCH, TN - As the Bruins' rookies have been showcasing themselves in Tennessee during a three-game tournament, General Manager Peter Chiarelli has been perched up top, watching their every move.
The GM's focus, though, isn't only on watching the young prospects prove themselves to the Bruins' brass.
Boston's main camp opens on September 18, and Chiarelli still needs to fill out his 2014-15 roster.
The Bruins re-signed several restricted and unrestricted free agents in the offseason who will fill out the competition at training camp, including Niklas Svedberg, who will push for the backup role behind Tuukka Rask, defensemen Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky, and forwards like Justin Florek, Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham and Matt Fraser, who will all ramp up the competition up front.
David Krejci, who was set to enter a contract year, was signed to a six-year contract extension - a deal that Chiarelli deemed his top priority of the summer.
ANTIOCH, TN - The Bruins' rookies fell to Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime on Sunday in their second game of the Nashville Predators Rookie Tournament at Ford Ice Center.
Center Ben Sexton gave Boston its first goal of the tournament to put the Black & Gold up 1-0 in the first period. After Sexton was kicked out of the faceoff, Matt Lindblad won the draw cleanly back to the forward, who quickly released a shot from the top of the circle. Lindblad called the play. It came on Boston's second shot of the game.
Sexton is entering his first full season as a pro. He finished up his fourth season with Clarkson University in 2013-14, before being signed to an entry-level contract in March and playing nine games with the Providence Bruins.
"He's come to camp in terrific shape," General Manager Peter Chiarelli said of the gritty two-way center, when he addressed media during the first intermission in Tennessee.
With the score knotted at 1-1 after the second period, Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the third. The goals came from Michael Aviani and Cody Kunyk.
Defenseman Frankie Simonelli - signed to an AHL deal with Providence - ripped in a shot past Tampa Bay goalie Kristers Gudlevskis from inside the blueline to tie it up 2-2 in the final frame, eventually sending the game to a seven-minute overtime period.
Brian Ferlin powered down the wing early in the extra frame and nearly made the cut towards the goal. After losing possession, he sped up ice on the backcheck, only to pick the puck up off a turnover and head back the other way on a breakaway. His legs were gone, though, and the defender caught him.
ANTIOCH, TN - The puck dropped on the Nashville Predators' Rookie Tournament Saturday at the Ford Ice Center, with the Bruins' rookies facing the Panthers' rookies in the first tilt.
Boston ended up falling 2-0 to Florida, with Malcolm Subban stopping 19 of 21 shots.
The group wasn't too thrilled with the outcome and starting the weekend off with a loss, but two more games still await. The Bruins' rookies play Tampa Bay on Sunday and Nashville on Tuesday.
Boston had most of the chances throughout the game, with 30 total shots to Florida's 21. Subban only faced three shots in the first period.