BOSTON, MA - The Bruins made their first cuts from training camp on Wednesday, trimming a 51-player group down to 45.
Invites to Boston's camp - Scott Campbell, Jack Downing, Steven Spinell and Ben Youds - are on AHL contracts and will be joining the Providence Bruins training camp which begins Monday, September 23. Winger Tyler Randell and goaltender Adam Morrison, on entry-level level deals with Boston, were assigned to Providence and will also be taking part in the P-Bruins camp.
Neither Bruin traveled with their respective groups to Montreal and Baltimore for the B's first two preseason games, taking the more cautious route to make sure they're 100 percent ready to get into battle against opponents.
So there they were - pushing, shoving, trying to protect the puck, stickhandling, jabbing, battling with each other. All to get both of them ready to take the next step in their recoveries: game action.
BostonBruins.com - Tuesday night's preseason game in Baltimore resulted in a 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals for the Black & Gold.
In Svedberg's spoked-B debut (no preseason action due to the lockout prior to his first pro season with Providence in 2012-13), albeit in exhibition, he stopped 12 of 13 shots in the second half of regulation and into the five-minute 4-on-4 overtime. He followed that up wit six saves in the shootout, as Carter Camper got the B's the win in the eighth round.
Svedberg stoned Alex Ovechkin in close near the end of overtime, settling down the Caps fans who grew louder as 'Ovi' raced up ice.
BALTIMORE, MD - It wasn't quite the same atmosphere as the Bell Centre Monday night (or what we'll see Thursday night at TD Garden when the Detroit Red Wings come to Boston), but the B's second preseason game ended in a 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals in the second annual "Baltimore Hockey Classic" at Baltimore Arena.
"Yeah it was a tough night…pucks were bouncing everywhere, both teams didn’t seem to get any momentum going there," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following the game. "So it wasn’t the prettiest, it wasn’t as entertaining as you would probably like it to be, but at the end of the night it went into overtime and turned into a shootout and we found a way to win."
BostonBruins.com - Ready to do this all over again? The second group of Bruins practiced at 10:00 a.m. before traveling to Baltimore to face off against the Washington Capitals in what is being pegged as the "Baltimore Hockey Classic."
Game time is 7:00 p.m. ET at Baltimore Arena and you can follow live updates on Twitter @NHLBruins, as the game is not being broadcast locally on TV or radio (the game will be broadcast in the Washington, D.C. area on CSN).
BostonBruins.com - Two new Bruins - Jarome Iginla and Chad Johsnon - will debut in the Black & Gold tonight at the Bell Centre, and they'll be introduced to the Original Six aura right away.
"Yeah I was asking Looch," Iginla said, of his curiosity to know more about the storied Original Six rivalry. "I had an idea but it’ll be neat to see it up close and be a part of it."
"He said that, even in exhibition, it gets pretty charged in there, when they play the here, it gets pretty charged, too."
It's always a unique atmosphere, whether at the Bell Centre or in the confines of TD Garden. And since we don't always see the sharpest games during the preseason, with the B's - and 29 other NHL teams - getting up to speed and getting their timing back, the rivalry should help to ramp up the pace.
"It’s fun; summer, you know, is a shorter one for everybody, but it feels long when you’re waiting for your next game, so it’s good to get back at it," said Iginla.
BostonBruins.com - On June 23, 2012, Malcolm Subban heard his named called, 24th overall, by the Boston Bruins, in the NHL Draft.
A few minutes later, there was P.K. Subban, in the Bruins' suite, supporting his younger brother on his big day.
From that moment on, we knew this day would come - tonight at the Bell Centre - when Malcolm will face P.K. in their first match-up against one another. When not just the stories Bruins-Habs rivalry, but also the brotherly rivalry in full force.
It marks the Bruins' first exhibition game of 2013-14, and Malcolm Subban's preseason debut in Black & Gold. He's suited up in the spoked-B for rookie games, and throughout development camps, but this will be an experience like none other.
"Group B" from Training Camp all week is the first set of B's to see game action, with those in "Group A" likely to travel to Baltimore for the match-up with the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.