WILMINGTON — The Bruins hit the ice for practice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday morning as training camp continues along.
The group was comprised of players who did not suit up in Boston’s preseason game at TD Garden on Thursday night — a 4-3 come-from-behind shootout win over the New York Rangers that gave the Bruins their third straight victory of the preseason.
The group that played in the game had the day off on Friday.
“We’re giving some guys a little bit more time to play together in camp — you know, you see Beleskey with Krejci, I don’t think that’s any secret and we’re trying to hopefully get chemistry going there,” Head Coach Claude Julien said recently.
With four preseason games still on tap, there’s plenty of time to still get a feel of different combinations and experiment with lines if Julien and his staff don’t get the results they are looking for.
BOSTON — Forming a 23-man roster for Opening Night is at the forefront of training camp. The immediate future, the start of the 2015-16 Bruins’ season, is just over two weeks away.
There’s an important aspect of main camp, though, that will pay dividends far into the future beyond the upcoming campaign.
Camp is where recent draft picks play alongside NHL veterans and Stanley Cup Champions. It is where rookies put on the Spoked-B in front of fans at TD Garden for the first time. It is where they shoot on Tuukka Rask in practice, go to battle with Zdeno Chara in the corners and face off against Patrice Bergeron on the dot.
They see where they stack up against NHL talent, and they know what they need to hone in on for the future.
BOSTON - All it took was 12 seconds.
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spent the better part of his morning press conference with reporters on Tuesday talking about the NHL’s revised 3-on-3 overtime format.
The Bruins and Capitals were set to play the extra frame in preseason action on Tuesday night at TD Garden, regardless of the score at the end of regulation. The NHL is giving teams chances in the preseason to test out the format.
Well, with the score knotted at 1-1 after 60 minutes, all it took was 12 seconds for David Pastrnak to fire home a one-timer during the OT to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 win.
“I was OK with 12 seconds,” Julien smiled postgame.
If every Bruins’ overtime ends with that result, he’ll be a happy bench boss.
“There’s a good chance those are going to end quickly,” said Julien. “Because it doesn’t take much — one 2-on-1 or one bad pass behind the guy and he’s skating in the wrong direction, they pick it up, go the other way — it’s not going to take much.”
“What I liked is the way [we] scored that goal. It was great winning the faceoff, which I thought was a little bit of a challenge for us throughout the game even though it’s preseason — you know, when you don’t win faceoffs, you’re chasing the puck more than you’d like so we’ve got to get a little bit better there — but in that overtime we won the faceoff, we took control of the puck, we took just a couple of passes and the puck was in the net, so I was happy with that.”
BOSTON — When the Bruins face off against the Washington Capitals in preseason action on Tuesday night at TD Garden, David Krejci is expected to be centering a line with Matt Beleksey and David Pastrnak.
It will be the first look in game action for the trio.
While Pastrnak has rotated lines during the start of training camp, Krejci and Beleskey have been skating together since Day One.
“You always want to play with the same guys and keep working on chemistry every practice so with Matt, we’ve been playing together the whole camp so far,” Krejci said Tuesday morning. “So we kind of get the sense of each other, you know, kind of how to play and where to go in some areas, especially in offensive zone.”
“So it’s been good. I’ve been watching his shot, so I try to get him the puck as much as I can and he’s got a pretty heavy shot so hopefully we can put some pucks in the net tonight.”
BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice for the fourth day of on-ice sessions at training camp on Monday morning at TD Garden.
The players who did not skate in Sunday night’s preseason game (a 2-0 win over New Jersey at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence) took to the ice first at 10:00 a.m., with the group consisting of mostly veterans and returning Bruins.
BOSTON — Every training camp is different, with new players and varying storylines, but there are some aspects that consistently remain the same from year to year.
There is always learning, and there is always competition. That goes for veterans, rookies and newcomers alike - whether you’re alternate captain Chris Kelly, new blueliner Matt Irwin or second and third year pros Brian Ferlin and Seth Griffith.
“You approach it kind of the same way,” Kelly said on Saturday following the second day of training camp on-ice sessions at TD Garden. “Every year, there’s competition and it pushes everyone, and new systems put in play — and most guys are smart enough to pick up new systems, and if they’re not, then you’re going to be left behind.”
“So I think you come in and you listen and learn and I think that’s the great thing also about this game - you’re always learning, every day. If it’s systems or different things to do off the ice to prepare yourself so you feel good on the ice, there’s all sorts of different things to learn, and I think that’s the approach you take.”
During the first few days of camp, players get back their skating legs, up the physicality and bring themselves up to speed. The Bruins’ first preseason game takes place on just the third day of camp this year (Sunday, Sept. 20), so there’s no time to sit back.
BOSTON — The Bruins hit the ice Saturday morning at TD Garden for the second day of on-ice sessions at the 2015 Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T.
The 60-player roster is still broken into three groups, with sessions taking place at 10:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All three Saturday practices are open to the public. Full details for fans can be found on BostonBruins.com.
With the Bruins implementing systematic tweaks heading into the new season, a large part of the sessions focuses on practicing those changes, before getting into heated battle drills and a scrimmage to end the skate.
The first group on the ice on Saturday included David Krejci and David Pastrnak, as well as newcomers Matt Beleskey and Zac Rinaldo, who were eager to skate in their first official practice in the Spoked-B on Friday.
BOSTON - When the Bruins hold their first practices of training camp on Friday at TD Garden, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not be on the ice.
“The only issue we have I think is Dennis Seidenberg will not likely skate for the next few days,” General Manager Don Sweeney said during a press conference on Thursday, when asked if any players would be limited at the start of camp.
“He reported to our trainers on Monday with an upper-body injury from training and our doctors have chosen to take a conservative approach and re-evaluate day-to-day.”
The Bruins opened camp on Thursday with physicals and off-ice testing. With three weeks until the season opener on Oct. 8, Sweeney doesn’t anticipate the injury impacting Seidenberg being available for the start of the season.
WILMINGTON — Like the rest of the Bruins, Zac Rinaldo can’t wait for the season to get underway.
“It’s about time,” the forward quickly remarked with a smile following the Bruins’ last informal practice on Wednesday before the first orders of business for 2015-16 begin. “I hate the summertime, especially when you don’t make playoffs. It just drags on and on.”
After a lengthy summer, players will report to TD Garden for off-ice testing on Thursday.
This marks Rinaldo’s first training camp with Boston, having been acquired from Philadelphia via trade on June 29.
“I’ll just adapt,” he said. “It’s not too hard - I’ve been around the League for a couple of years now, I’ve adapted to different coaches and situations, so it won’t be too hard.”
There’s always a level of anticipation, and maybe even anxiety, for players entering the first day —regardless of how many training camps in which they have participated.
The physical tests vary from team to team. In Philadelphia, Rinaldo went through mostly on-ice testing. In Boston, the most difficult tests happen off the ice.
WILMINGTON -- Max Talbot wore the Spoked-B for just 18 games at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Acquired by Boston at the trade deadline in March from Colorado, the veteran was immediately thrust into a race for the playoffs.
“Last year was kind of quick, you know, 18 games that you come in here and it’s a playoff rush and playoff race and everything is a little hectic,” Talbot said following the final informal practice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday before the start of training camp on Sept. 17.
“I’m happy to be here now — kind of like a white page in front of me, I can write my own story with the Bruins and kind of start fresh, learning to know the guys a little better, the room, the prospects, the staff, so it’s exciting for me right now.”
Talbot didn’t have much time to carve out a solid role for himself last season or even settle into the city, but he certainly made an impact in the room amid a tense time of year.
His personality and constant chatter keep the atmosphere light, and his work ethic keeps those around him focused and motivated.