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POSTED ON Monday, 09.22.2014 / 2:22 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, MA - Training camp shifted back to Ristuccia Arena on Monday, following the Black & Gold Scrimmage in Providence on Sunday night.

As has been the case throughout camp, there were two groups split into different on-ice sessions.

There were slight variations to the groups, however, with Zdeno Chara joining Patrice Bergeron during the same session. The captain and alternate captain had been split between the two groups up until this point.

With a slate of seven preseason games, beyond the scrimmage, beginning on Tuesday night in Montreal, the practices were cut down slightly in time.

The coaches gave plenty of teaching moments at the drawing board, as Head Coach Claude Julien continues to implement systematical adjustments.

Bergeron's group did rounds of sprints for about five minutes to end its practice, with the alternate captain, Chara and Adam McQuaid all starting a round of stick taps on the ice for the effort.

David Pastrnak did not skate in either session and remains out day-to-day with a tweaked shoulder after he started camp on Krejci's right wing. With much fanfare around Pastrnak heading into camp, a reporter asked Head Coach Claude Julien following Monday's practices if his absence affects his chances to make the team.


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POSTED ON Monday, 09.22.2014 / 12:11 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - Defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid missed a combined 99 games due to injury during the 2013-14 season.

Seidenberg was out 48 of those games after suffering his ACL/MCL tear on December 27. McQuaid was sidelined three separate times with groin issues throughout the season while dealing with a long-term ankle injury that needed offseason surgery. January 19 marked his last time wearing the Spoked-B in 2013-14 game action.

The pair of blueliners each missed the Bruins' 12 playoff games on top of that.

While Sunday night's Black & Gold Scrimmage in Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center didn't resemble a Game 7 in the postseason, it offered an opportunity for both Seidenberg and McQuaid to test out their conditioning at a higher, tougher pace than they've been experiencing so far during training camp.

It had been a while since they were battling, taking contact and being physical in game-like situations.

For Seidenberg, it had been nearly nine months. For McQuaid, it had been just over eight.

"It was good, I saw them skate the last two days - to put them in game action obviously was good with where they were last year," General Manager Peter Chiarelli said following the scrimmage.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 9:33 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

PROVIDENCE, RI - Training camp shifted to the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday night for the Black & Gold Scrimmage.

The teams were split into two groups of 18 skaters and two goaltenders, wearing the Bruins' home and road jerseys. Zdeno Chara and David Krejci headed up Team Black, while Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly led Team White (full lineups can be found here and below).

Tuukka Rask and Jeremy Smith minded the net for Bergeron's squad, while Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban split the time between the pipes for Team Chara.

With most players out of game shape, it was a good opportunity to get the legs going, work on timing and start to generate chemistry with defensive pairings or new lines.

With roster spots up for grabs, it was no surprise to see the young players with high energy.

Team Chara ended up topping Team Bergeron 6-1, with all seven goals coming from prospects who suited up for Providence last season.

Chris Casto, Zach Trotman, Jared Knight, Alexander Khokhlachev and Alex Fallstrom all scored once, while Tyler Randell potted two.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 4:52 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

PROVIDENCE, RI - Training camp shifts to Providence tonight for the Black & Gold Scrimmage at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The puck was set to drop at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The Bruins' Twitter account @NHLBruins will post live updates from the scrimmage, and postgame coverage will be available on BostonBruins.com and via the Bruins Mobile App.

The teams for the scrimmage are designated below, with lines and defensive pairings from warmups.

Milan Lucic is being cautious following his offseason wrist surgery and is not suiting up for the game. David Pastrnak (tweaked shoulder), Gregory Campbell (minor mid-core issue) and Linus Arnesson (tweaked groin) are also not playing.

Dougie Hamilton is also not playing, along with Ethan Werek, Cory Kane, Rob Flick, Frankie Simonelli, Tommy Cross and Ben Youds.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 6:08 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, MA - The Bruins finished up their second day on the ice Saturday at Ristuccia Arena, as training camp continued.

With back-to-back days of high intensity skating and implementation of Head Coach Claude Julien's tweaks to the systems, camp will now shift to Providence on Sunday for the Black & Gold Scrimmage.

Forty skaters will be suiting up in the scrimmage, while about eight will not be playing and will get in a practice on Sunday instead.

There's another group of players who are dealing with injuries or recoveries, and won't be ready for game action.

Gregory Campbell is still dealing with a "minor mid-core issue" and hasn't skated yet during training camp. Milan Lucic's wrist is feeling good, but he and the Bruins are proceeded with caution to ensure he's healthy and ready for the start of the regular season on October 8.

"I don't think the trainers have given me a time frame [for Campbell]," Julien told media following Saturday's sessions. "Looch, he can practice but he hasn't been cleared to play yet. I'm just waiting for them to give me some feedback."

"There's enough guys in camp right now that we've got enough players for games, and I don't need to worry about that so far."


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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 4:31 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, MA - Milan Lucic may not feel 100 percent following offseason surgery on his left wrist, but he's on the right track.

Since training camp began hit the ice on Friday, Lucic hasn't looked too far off from his usual self.

During Saturday's session at Ristuccia Arena, he ripped a shot in behind Tuukka Rask, before continuing the drill and racing on the backcheck. He hunted down Johnny Boychuk and took the body, creating a pile-up with Boychuk and defenseman Steve Eminger.

It was very Lucic.

The power forward may not look limited, but he's still being very cautious with his wrist. He can only practice; he hasn't been cleared yet for games.

"It's been good, it's been better than what I expected, which is obviously a good thing," Lucic told media following Saturday's session. "Just seeing my progression over the last two weeks with where it's gone, it's been good."


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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:57 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, MA - David Pastrnak left the first session of Saturday's training camp practices early, and did not return to the ice.

After going into the boards during a drill, he skated right off the ice and into the locker room.


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POSTED ON Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 12:34 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, MA - The Bruins were back on the ice Saturday for the second day of training camp practices at Ristuccia Arena.

The two groups swapped start times, with Zdeno Chara's group going first.

About a half hour into the skate, David Pastrnak went into the boards and skated off the ice and into the locker room. He did not return to the session.

Following the skate, Chara was asked by a reporter what he's seen of Pastrnak at camp.

"Really there's not much time to watch one player on the ice, there's obviously drills going on, so to be asking me what I see of him, for me to really just watch one player, it's tough to give you feedback," he responded. "But we'll see how it is, and we don't know what happened to him in the first half."

Head Coach Claude Julien will address media following the second group's skate (at around 3:00 p.m. ET).

Pastrnak played on David Krejci's right wing for the first day of practice - a great opportunity for the 18-year-old Czech native.

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.19.2014 / 6:22 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, MA - It was a long summer for the Bruins. It came too soon, and couldn't end soon enough. They don't like it that way.

But when the Black and Gold reported for training camp on September 18, they came stronger and more refreshed after four long months of training.

When they hit the ice for their first formal practices on Friday at Ristuccia Arena, they were energized with a renewed purpose.

Bruins' bench boss Claude Julien had an up-close view, as he ran the on-ice sessions for four hours.

"I think the guys skated well, the work ethic was good, the energy level - the guys were excited to get back on the ice," Bruins' bench boss Claude Julien observed.


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POSTED ON Friday, 09.19.2014 / 3:52 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON, MA - The first day of on-ice sessions for the Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T kicked off on Friday.

The camp features a 52-player roster, split into two groups with a mix of veterans and prospects. Each group hits the ice for about two hours, with a break in the middle to resurface the ice.

All of the sessions had plenty of conditioning. The first half of the high-tempo, intense skate included one-on-ones and board battles. The second half featured system implementation and wrapped up with sprints.

Following Thursday's off-ice fitness testing and timed shuttle runs, and Friday's heavy skating, one might assume that the Bruins are feeling the effects of the first few days. Zdeno Chara dispelled that notion.

While nearly the entire group is healthy and ready to go, a few Bruins are still limited at the skates.

Milan Lucic looks like himself on the ice following offseason wrist surgery, but is still being cautious.

"He looked fine. I think it's going to be up to the trainers to kind of give me the heads up on when he should be ready [for games], but I think they're anticipating very soon," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the skates.


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