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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 10:22 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins dropped a 4-3 decision to Detroit in the shootout in their final preseason game on Saturday night. Patrice Bergeron scored a hat trick, forcing overtime.

But there was no talk of either topic postgame in the locker room.

News that came around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday just a few hours before puck drop was still difficult for the Bruins to take.

After six seasons in Black & Gold, Johnny Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for for two second round draft picks and a conditional 2015 third round pick.

"It stings for everybody, and it stung for me too and the coaching staff and even we were quiet," Head Coach Claude Julien said postgame. "That doesn't mean we don't support - we obviously support our organization and understand why they had to make some of those tough decisions, but it doesn't mean the sting isn't there."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 6:32 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - On Saturday, General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins had acquired two second-round draft picks and a conditional 2015 draft pick from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

The two second round picks are the Philadelphia Flyers' second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (acquired by the Isles in a March 4, 2014 Andrew MacDonald trade) and the Islanders' second round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bruins would acquire the conditional 2015 third round pick from the Isles if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team.

Prior to the Bruins' final preseason game against Detroit on Saturday, Chiarelli addressed media at TD Garden regarding the transaction.

"This is a tough trade," said Chiarelli, stating what the gathered reporters in front of him already knew. "We all like Johnny."

"I spoke with him shortly after the trade consummated. I told him, 'you know, Johnny we brought you here from Colorado, you did everything we told you to do. You got better as a player. You were patient, you got better, you were part of the fabric of the team and this was really hard to do, but we've got - there's an element of business to it, an element of hockey and we tried to get ahead of it a little bit.'"


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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 11:42 AM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at TD Garden in their final preseason game. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).

The game will serve as the last tune-up for the Bruins before they open the 2014-15 season on Wednesday, October 8. Opening night rosters must be submitted to the League by 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Most of the group hit the ice for a pregame skate at the Garden. Those who played Friday night in Bridgeport, Conn. as the Bruins earned a 6-1 win over the Islanders had the morning off.

The players called up from Providence - Chris Breen, Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alex Khokhlachev, Justin Florek and Zach Trotman - were all reassigned to the P-Bruins.

"Yeah, they all went back last night after the game. We’re anticipating probably recalling Spooner for tonight again," Head Coach Claude Julien told media on Saturday morning. "So far, that would be the only one."


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.03.2014 / 11:28 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Ryan Spooner has played more than 300 games over the past five years, including 27 in the NHL, as a centerman.

On Friday night, he was slotted into the lineup as a left wing, scoring a pair of goals en route to the Bruins' 6-1 preseason win over the New York Islanders at Webster Arena.

"I've played wing maybe once in the past five years, so it was definitely something that was a change for me," said Spooner. "But I just tried to be in the right spot, and I thought it went well."

Spooner was released from Boston's training camp on Wednesday, and joined Providence's camp. He was recalled on Friday morning for the game, with half of the Bruins' veterans getting the trip off.

"They told me - when I got sent down three days ago, they said that they might bring up a couple guys," said Spooner.

For him and the other recalls getting another shot in the Spoked-B, for no matter how long, it provided an opportunity to make a statement.


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.03.2014 / 7:17 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Bruins face the New York Islanders tonight in a preseason tilt in Bridgeport, Conn. at Webster Bank Arena.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The tilt will be live streamed for fans on the Islanders’ website, NewYorkIslanders.com.

When the Bruins hit the ice for warmups, here were the line rushes and defense pairings:


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.03.2014 / 3:24 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins continue their preseason action on Friday night against the New York Islanders in Bridgeport, Conn. at Webster Bank Arena.

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The tilt will be live streamed for fans on the Islanders’ website, NewYorkIslanders.com.

Following a pregame skate at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning, half of the Bruins’ training camp roster hopped on a bus to travel to Bridgeport.

Veterans like Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask got the trip off.

With the entire group not traveling, Boston recalled forwards Justin Florek, Seth Griffith, Alex Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner, and defensemen Chris Breen and Zach Trotman, from the Providence Bruins for the game.


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POSTED ON Friday, 10.03.2014 / 2:17 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

WILMINGTON - It may have taken longer than anticipated, but David Pastrnak will get his opportunity.

Pastrnak is expected to play in Friday night's preseason game against the Islanders in Bridgeport, Conn., after being cleared by team doctors.

The forward tweaked his shoulder during just the second on-ice day of training camp, and had to sit on the sidelines as other young prospects received their chances to showcase themselves to the Bruins' brass.

"He's got the green light," Head Coach Claude Julien said, prior to Pastrnak and the Bruins' traveling squad making the three-hour bus ride to Bridgeport.

Pastrnak has been back on the ice skating for a week and a half, and working with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides. He's ready to test his abilities against players at the next level.


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 3:20 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog
BostonBruins.com - The Bruins were off on Wednesday, following Tuesday night's preseason game against the New York Islanders at TD Garden. With the regular season now just one week away, the club's roster has again been reduced.

General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Wednesday that forwards Ryan Spooner, Justin Florek and Alex Khokhlachev have been released from Boston's training camp, along with goalie Jeremy Smith. The three forwards will join Providence's training camp right away, while Smith is set to join, assuming he clears waivers.

With roster battles ongoing, Chiarelli, Head Coach Claude Julien and the rest of the Bruins' brass still have more decisions to make before the season opens on October 8.

David Pastrnak, who is progressing well from the shoulder injury he sustained on the second day of camp, remains with the team. He has starting taking contact in practices, and the goal is to hopefully get the winger into a preseason game so he can have an opportunity to see where he fits in at the NHL level and with the Bruins.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 11:45 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins fell to the New York Islanders 5-3 in preseason action at TD Garden on Tuesday night.

Patrice Bergeron, a step ahead of the rest this preseason, put the Bruins on the board first. Boston then allowed three straight goals, before a Matt Bartkowski shorthanded tally and a Brad Marchand score right out of the penalty box tied it up at 3-3.

The Isles pulled ahead late in the third to seal the win. Mistakes were made. Breakdowns happened. Goals were let in.

But right now, wins and losses are not what's at stake. Jobs are on the line. It's not so much about the score, as it is about players continuing to prove themselves.

Head Coach Claude Julien arrived to his postgame press conference later than usual, and he had reason.

There was no news or cuts to announce, but the discussions had just been strenuous.

"We just met as a group there and discussed all of the players as we often do, evaluating. As we get closer, obviously those meetings often get a little bit more sophisticated than the first ones," Julien said to the gathered reporters who had awaited his arrival.

Win or lose on Tuesday, the Bruins still ended the night with more than the 23-player maximum they can open the season with on October 8.

Just two preseason games now remain on Friday and Saturday. Players could be released by then, or the current group could still be in place.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 2:32 PM
By Caryn Switaj - BostonBruins.com / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - The Bruins have just three more preseason games on tap, beginning with Tuesday night's tilt against the New York Islanders at TD Garden.

By the time the season opens on October 8, their opening night roster will have been submitted.

With a week left in the preseason, they're getting closer to that point, but questions still remain.

There are still 18 forwards, nine defensemen and four goalies at training camp, and that number will need to be cut down to a 23-man roster.

"It keeps your mind going because you have to come to the rink and it's not just one of those practice days - it's a 'your battling for a job' day," said Johnny Boychuk. "Nobody's in the clear."

Tuesday night provides yet another opportunity for players in the mix to prove that they belong, and deserve a spot with Boston.

Veterans like Boychuk and Chris Kelly have embraced that fight for jobs as pushing them to be better as well.

"Every year, you're battling for a job. Some people might think that they have the job and that's their right, but you have to come to camp and you have to prove yourself every year and be ready to battle," said Boychuk. "Because if you do that, you're going to be ready for the start of the season."


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