BOSTON, MA - Those in attendance at TD Garden got a fight night on Monday in the Bruins' 3-2 overtime preseason win over the Washington Capitals, with five bouts of dropping the gloves fueled by skaters trying to make their clubs' opening night rosters.
Included in that mix was an extended hammering, featuring the bruiser himself, Milan Lucic.
BostonBruins.com - You can watch Ryan Spooner during practice or in a game. No matter the situation, you'll always notice his speed and slick hands.
When I sat above the TD Garden ice on Monday morning, watching him quarterback a power-play unit from the half wall, the way he weaved in and out of the right faceoff circle, stickhandling, with his head up, quickly registering all of his options, as his other four teammates moved their feet down low, up top, in front of the net, I saw a hint of David Krejci.
Spooner, after all, was the forward recalled from Providence during the 2012-13 season - in his first year pro - on an emergency basis, when Krejci was deemed day-to-day. He suited up on March 19, in Krejci's spot alongside Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton, and impressed Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien enough that he played two nights later, with Rich Peverley as a healthy scratch.
BOSTON, MA - We're four games into the preseason, with the fifth on tap tonight at TD Garden, as the Bruins host the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. (ET).
In preparation, the group of B's playing tonight hit the ice for a morning skate, with the second group of skaters following up with a tough hour-long session.
The last time out against the Caps, the Bruins took the 3-2 shootout win at Baltimore Arena, thanks to Carter Camper's goal in the eighth round of the shootout, and goals from Chris Kelly and Justin Florek.
The B's will be icing a more veteran lineup this time around, especially on the back end, with Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid all in the lineup, joined by Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller (the pair served as a solid pairing in Providence last season).
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Monday, September 23, that the following players will be in the lineup for the Bruins preseason game against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET.
BOSTON, MA - On Sunday afternoon, the Bruins had come off a 2-0 win in Detroit in their fourth preseason game, and Head Coach Claude Julien decided that, in the midst of a long, tiring training camp, his team needed an competitive split-squad scrimmage.
It energized the group, three fourths of which had played in Saturday night's victory over the Red Wings. It was the first time both camp groups had been mixed together on the ice, something indicative of the fact that we're only 11 days away from the B's season opener at TD Garden.
"I think it’ll come right down until the end to make those last few calls because what we’ve got right now, we’ve got a lot of discussions on certain players," Julien told media at TD Garden following the scrimmage.
"We’re getting closer and closer to bringing our roster to what we need it to be. But like I’ve said, we’ve got three games here, we’ve kept enough players to look at those players we need to evaluate for those last spots."
BostonBruins.com - Goaltender Chad Johnson didn't have the best showing in Montreal, in the Bruins' first preseason game. He let in three goals off eight shots, splitting the game with Malcolm Subban in an eventual 6-3 B's win.
But that didn't stop him from following up his next outing, a full-60 between the pipes in Detroit, with a 2-0 shutout, stopping all 18 shots he faced from the Red Wings in the process.
"Half a game doesn't make a career, right? Either way. So he had a chance to redeem himself here," B's Head Coach Claude Julien said following the victory.
DETROIT, MI - It only took Carl Söderberg a minute and 45 seconds to pot his first two goals wearing the spoked-B, giving the the Bruins all they need to take a 2-0 win from the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night.
The game-winner came with 1:04 left in the second period. When his centerman for the night, Chris Kelly, pounced on a puck between the bluelines and sent it into the zone, Söderberg drove towards the net. A lucky bounce off the end boards (the ones at 'The Joe' known to be more active than other arenas) landed right on his tape at the left circle.
A simple fire into the near-empty net behind Wings' netminder Jonas Gustavsson gave him his first in Black & Gold.
Söderberg's next tally came just 41 seconds into the third, on the man-advantage, as he manned the "net walk" position in front. Loui Eriksson sent a feed from the half wall up to Dennis Seidenberg at the point, who blasted one on goal. With Patrice Bergeron also camped at the top of the crease, Söderberg banged home the rebound.
And, combined with Chad Johnson's 18 stops at the other end in the shutout, it was all the Bruins needed.
DETROIT, MI - As the Bruins skated off the ice at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, the scoreboard read 2-0, thanks to Carl Söderberg's first two goals wearing the spoked-B.
But another highlight of the win was the fact that Patrice Bergeron was one of those B's skating off the ice following a postgame huddle in celebration that gave Boston a 3-1 preseason record.
The alternate captain played in his first game back from the injuries he sustained during the Stanley Cup Final - broken rib, torn cartilage, collapsed lung, separated - all which caused him to take a forced 4-5 week rest before even beginning his offseason training.
"Felt pretty good and feeling good now, too, so good to get that first one out of the way and now I can move forward," Bergeron told a handful of reporters, as he stood in the visiting locker room in Detroit.
Bergeron finished with 16:05 in ice time, including 1:43 on the power play, 59 seconds helping the B's kill their three penalties, and taking 19 shifts in the process.
BOSTON, MA - The Bruins hit the ice at TD Garden Saturday morning for a pregame practice, before the travel group heads to Detroit for the 7:00 p.m. (ET) match-up with the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
(The game is not being broadcast locally in the Boston market. Live stats and updates will be available via Twitter @NHLBruins ^CS.)
Patrice Bergeron is set to play in his first preseason game of 2013-14.
"It was not an issue of him not being able to take [contact]; it was an issue of him getting through the little bit he had left," B's Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters Saturday morning before heading to Detroit, of what was holding Bergeron back.
From the first day of training camp, the centerman was involved in all the drills, including battling and contact.
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Saturday, September 21, that the following players will travel to Detroit for the Bruins preseason game against the Red Wings: