PROVIDENCE, RI - Training camp shifted to the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday night for the Black & Gold Scrimmage.
The teams were split into two groups of 18 skaters and two goaltenders, wearing the Bruins' home and road jerseys. Zdeno Chara and David Krejci headed up Team Black, while Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly led Team White (full lineups can be found here and below).
With most players out of game shape, it was a good opportunity to get the legs going, work on timing and start to generate chemistry with defensive pairings or new lines.
With roster spots up for grabs, it was no surprise to see the young players with high energy.
Team Chara ended up topping Team Bergeron 6-1, with all seven goals coming from prospects who suited up for Providence last season.
PROVIDENCE, RI - Training camp shifts to Providence tonight for the Black & Gold Scrimmage at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The puck was set to drop at 5:00 p.m. ET.
The Bruins' Twitter account @NHLBruins will post live updates from the scrimmage, and postgame coverage will be available on BostonBruins.com and via the Bruins Mobile App.
The teams for the scrimmage are designated below, with lines and defensive pairings from warmups.
Milan Lucic is being cautious following his offseason wrist surgery and is not suiting up for the game. David Pastrnak (tweaked shoulder), Gregory Campbell (minor mid-core issue) and Linus Arnesson (tweaked groin) are also not playing.
WILMINGTON, MA - The Bruins finished up their second day on the ice Saturday at Ristuccia Arena, as training camp continued.
With back-to-back days of high intensity skating and implementation of Head Coach Claude Julien's tweaks to the systems, camp will now shift to Providence on Sunday for the Black & Gold Scrimmage.
Forty skaters will be suiting up in the scrimmage, while about eight will not be playing and will get in a practice on Sunday instead.
There's another group of players who are dealing with injuries or recoveries, and won't be ready for game action.
Gregory Campbell is still dealing with a "minor mid-core issue" and hasn't skated yet during training camp. Milan Lucic's wrist is feeling good, but he and the Bruins are proceeded with caution to ensure he's healthy and ready for the start of the regular season on October 8.
"I don't think the trainers have given me a time frame [for Campbell]," Julien told media following Saturday's sessions. "Looch, he can practice but he hasn't been cleared to play yet. I'm just waiting for them to give me some feedback."
"There's enough guys in camp right now that we've got enough players for games, and I don't need to worry about that so far."
WILMINGTON, MA - Milan Lucic may not feel 100 percent following offseason surgery on his left wrist, but he's on the right track.
Since training camp began hit the ice on Friday, Lucic hasn't looked too far off from his usual self.
During Saturday's session at Ristuccia Arena, he ripped a shot in behind Tuukka Rask, before continuing the drill and racing on the backcheck. He hunted down Johnny Boychuk and took the body, creating a pile-up with Boychuk and defenseman Steve Eminger.
It was very Lucic.
The power forward may not look limited, but he's still being very cautious with his wrist. He can only practice; he hasn't been cleared yet for games.
"It's been good, it's been better than what I expected, which is obviously a good thing," Lucic told media following Saturday's session. "Just seeing my progression over the last two weeks with where it's gone, it's been good."
WILMINGTON, MA - David Pastrnak left the first session of Saturday's training camp practices early, and did not return to the ice.
After going into the boards during a drill, he skated right off the ice and into the locker room.
WILMINGTON, MA - The Bruins were back on the ice Saturday for the second day of training camp practices at Ristuccia Arena.
The two groups swapped start times, with Zdeno Chara's group going first.
About a half hour into the skate, David Pastrnak went into the boards and skated off the ice and into the locker room. He did not return to the session.
Following the skate, Chara was asked by a reporter what he's seen of Pastrnak at camp.
"Really there's not much time to watch one player on the ice, there's obviously drills going on, so to be asking me what I see of him, for me to really just watch one player, it's tough to give you feedback," he responded. "But we'll see how it is, and we don't know what happened to him in the first half."
Head Coach Claude Julien will address media following the second group's skate (at around 3:00 p.m. ET).
Pastrnak played on David Krejci's right wing for the first day of practice - a great opportunity for the 18-year-old Czech native.
WILMINGTON, MA - It was a long summer for the Bruins. It came too soon, and couldn't end soon enough. They don't like it that way.
But when the Black and Gold reported for training camp on September 18, they came stronger and more refreshed after four long months of training.
When they hit the ice for their first formal practices on Friday at Ristuccia Arena, they were energized with a renewed purpose.
Bruins' bench boss Claude Julien had an up-close view, as he ran the on-ice sessions for four hours.
"I think the guys skated well, the work ethic was good, the energy level - the guys were excited to get back on the ice," Bruins' bench boss Claude Julien observed.
WILMINGTON, MA - The first day of on-ice sessions for the Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T kicked off on Friday.
The camp features a 52-player roster, split into two groups with a mix of veterans and prospects. Each group hits the ice for about two hours, with a break in the middle to resurface the ice.
All of the sessions had plenty of conditioning. The first half of the high-tempo, intense skate included one-on-ones and board battles. The second half featured system implementation and wrapped up with sprints.
Following Thursday's off-ice fitness testing and timed shuttle runs, and Friday's heavy skating, one might assume that the Bruins are feeling the effects of the first few days. Zdeno Chara dispelled that notion.
While nearly the entire group is healthy and ready to go, a few Bruins are still limited at the skates.
Milan Lucic looks like himself on the ice following offseason wrist surgery, but is still being cautious.
"He looked fine. I think it's going to be up to the trainers to kind of give me the heads up on when he should be ready [for games], but I think they're anticipating very soon," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told media following the skates.
Both restricted free agents, Krug and Smith remain unsigned.
"Won't comment on negotiations," General Manager Peter Chiarelli told media following the testing. "We want them in our mix. As it's been chronicled, we've never had that type of player not signed and not come to camp."
Chiarelli is entering his ninth season with Boston. His experience with players not reporting to camp stems from his time with Ottawa.
"I've been through a few of them in my time, so - they're not very pleasant, but that's what we have right now," he said.
In the days leading up to the opening of training camp, the GM had remained hopeful that both players would be in camp. When they'll be in camp, if at all, remains to be seen. The season officially opens for Boston on October 8.
"You know, in an ideal world - to have all of your players healthy and present, that would be ideal," Chiarelli said. "Younger players, older players, if they miss time, they're going to fall behind."
BOSTON - Bruins' alternate captain Patrice Bergeron was at TD Garden on Wednesday night, being honored by The Sports Museum during their 13th Annual "The Tradition." He was the recipient of the Community Service Award, presented to him by his friend Matt Brown.
The celebration of Boston sports has honored legends like Cam Neely and Larry Bird. For the past two years, a current Boston athlete who gives back to the community has also been recognized. The Patriots' Vince Wilfork was the first recipient of the service award in 2013.
"It means a lot - definitely a huge honor. Very grateful to get recognized like that," Bergeron said. "You know, it's definitely something I do, first and foremost, for the kids. I like to be involved, but I definitely don't do it for the awards."
"It's nice to get it, but that being said, I've established great relationships with some of the kids throughout the years and to see the difference it makes to some of the kids and their smiles on their faces after the game, it's definitely worth it every time I see that."
Win or lose, Bergeron meets with his "Patrice's Pals" after home games.
It's just one of the several charitable endeavors that Bergeron has been involved with through the years, since joining the Bruins as an 18-year-old in 2003.
His Patrice's Pals program brings patients from local hospitals and other children’s organizations to TD Garden to experience a Bruins home game. Children invited to the game watch the Bruins play in the official Patrice’s Pals luxury suite and meet Bergeron postgame where he meets them, signs autographs and takes pictures.