BOSTON, MA - There will be a welcome addition to the Bruins' lineup for Saturday's night match-up in Detroit against the Red Wings, with Patrice Bergeron expected to play in his first preseason game of 2013-14.
"Yeah, Bergy’s going to play tomorrow," B's Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed to reporters following Friday's practice sessions at TD Garden. "Who’s got the tweets going?" he jested.
Bergeron's return to game action has been much anticipated ever since he stood with media in the locker room after the Cup Final and gave out a laundry list of injuries he played through that included a broken rib, torn cartilage, collapsed lung and separated shoulder.
BostonBruins.com - If we want to label a "bright spot" in the 8-2 loss to Detroit in the B's third preseason game on Thursday night at TD Garden, it was the return of Gregory Campbell, playing in his first game since breaking his right leg on June 5 during the Eastern Conference Final.
Campbell, who hardly feels discomfort near his right ankle now, with screws and a plate inserted during the surgery, and a new pair of skates to ease the pain, has said the mental aspect now is the hardest to overcome.
That, the next step was just moving forward and playing. He got that opportunity Thursday night and, as expected, when he hit the ice for his first shift of the game, the 16,000-plus on hand gave him a cheer of acknowledgment.
"Of course, I'm extremely appreciative of the support from the fans," Campbell said following the game, of the reaction.
"I want to play hard for them and for the city and the organization and their a passionate group, they know their hockey, so it was very nice to hear that."
BOSTON, MA - Following Boston's 8-2 preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden on Thursday night, a slew of Bruins around the room were feeling like they left Malcolm Subban out "high and dry."
Eight goals off 28 shots against the 19-year-old, who was starting his first game between the pipes in the spoked-B. The young netminder had stopped all 12 shots he faced in Montreal in Monday night's 6-3 win over the Habs.
He admitted he didn't face too much pressure in that game; he got that tonight, and not just in the form of four shots each from Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. Subban stayed in the entire game, powering through a tough outing.
"We didn’t help him out, that’s for sure and you can’t blame him for tonight’s loss," Captain Zdeno Chara was pretty quick to say postgame in the B's locker room.
The B's held two practices Thursday morning, with the group set to play tonight on the ice first. Gregory Campbell was on the ice, and will be playing in his first game since suffering his broken right leg on June 5 during the Eastern Conference Final. He said Wednesday the next step for him was just move forward and start playing.
He'll be getting that opportunity tonight, likely back with his usual Merlot left winger, Daniel Paille.
"Soupy’s a go. Feels good, feels ready," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien confirmed following practice. "Our trainers told me yesterday; just before I left they came in and said, 'Listen, if you want to use him tomorrow, he’s a go.' So that’s what we’re going to do; give him a chance to play."
BostonBruins.com - Just as Jarome Iginla made his anticipated debut in the spoked-B on Monday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Loui Eriksson suited up in Black & Gold for the first time in game action on Tuesday against the Washington Capitals.
There was some added pressure for Eriksson, with Iginla potting his first two goals as a Bruin against the Habs.
"It’s definitely going to be nice to get the first game going, just get into game shape and I think that’s good to have some games before the season starts," Eriksson said prior to the match-up against the Caps in Baltimore for the second annual "Baltimore Hockey Classic."
BostonBruins.com - The first two preseason games have come and gone, and neither Patrice Bergeron nor Gregory Campbell traveled with their respective training camp groups to play in the action against Montreal and Washington.
For Campbell, though, his first game action since breaking his right leg in the Eastern Conference Finals on June 5, could come as soon as Thursday night (Sept. 18), as the Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings in their first home preseason game of 2013-14 at TD Garden.
The lineup has not yet been announced, but we do know there will be at least eight veterans in the lineup, per NHL rules for preseason games, and Julien said there could be 10 in his lineup on Thursday. Though, it will be a mostly younger lineup, as Julien and the B's brass will be again be using the match-up as an evaluation tool.
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.