TD Bank Facebook Twitter Instagram Bruins Mobile App
Bruins Blog
Bruins Blog ORG
Get the latest from the Bruins Beat with Caryn Switaj & Eric Russo and follow on Twitter at @NHLBruins

5-0 Shutout of Jets Caps off Bruins' Preseason

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 2:45 AM ET
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog
Share with your Friends

Bruins Blog

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN - With a 5-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night at Credit Union Centre, the Bruins head into the regular season with a clean slate, but with the confidence of a 6-1 record.

While there isn't too much stock put in preseason games, the record is at least a confidence boost heading into the regular season, which kicks off for the B's on October 3 at TD Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"But it's nice. Our team has obviously responded in these preseason games; I think, overall, we've played decent," said Head Coach Claude Julien following the win.

Carl Soderberg opened the scoring just 26 seconds into the first period to begin a fairly dominant night for the Bruins, banging in a rebound from Reilly Smith's shot off the crossbar. It marked Soderberg's third goal of the preseason.

"He's a big body, he's a big strong player and really gets in the right spots a lot," said Julien. "And you look at the goals he scored, he's right in there in front of the net. All of his goals are about going to the net and finding those loose pucks, so he's done a good job."

Johnny Boychuk added his blast from the right point and just inside the blueline off a bank pass from Milan Lucic in the corner at 5:46 into the first period for a swift 2-0 lead.

Ryan Spooner earned the second assist, following work with Lucic behind the goal, before cycling and crossing path with Jarome Iginla.

With both Jordan Caron and Nick Johnson in the lineup and competing for spots on the roster, they didn't make the B's decision any easier. Both combined for two goals, skating with Gregory Campbell as their centerman.

Caron's came with 7:08 left in the second period, banging a rebound into a near-empty net after Jets' netminder Al Montoya was found out of position after an initial stop.

Johnson make it 4-0 at 7:44 into the third, ringing a blast off the crossbar and in from just above the high slot. Boychuk and Matt Bartkowski earned the assists, with the trio stacked a crossed the top of the blueline.

"I thought they played well and even as a line, they did a good job," said Julien, of the Caron and Johnson playing on Gregory Campbell's wings for the night. Their forechecking was strong, and led two Caron's goal.

"When there's a battle going on like that you like to see those guys respond the way the did."

Patrice Bergeron capped the 5-0 win with 2:41 to go in the final frame, as he and Loui Eriksson had a give-and-go before No. 37 snapped it inside the left post from the bottom of the right circle.

Brad Marchand also earned an assist, making it the first time the trio combined for the stat line together. For a line that has a strong forecheck, but has been a touch off with offensively timing, it was a great sign.

Tuukka, Team Tuned Up

After nearly three weeks of preseason and training camp, these Bruins look just about in tune for the regular season, including Tuukka Rask.

There had been some question if he would start, given the backup battle behind him, but he played the full 60, and looked sharp.

"Well, it doesn't really matter; as long as you just try to feel good out there. It doesn't matter if you're playing 40 or 60, but it's always good to play the game, get the win," said the netminder following the shutout, in which he made 20 saves.

"It was nice to see that he got more than 12 shots; that's what he wanted in a situation like that where he gets some shots and he gets some game situations, and that's what he got," said Julien. "He seemed very poised; he made a couple big saves, of course that save where it looked like a sure goal."

That would be when the Bruins had a 3-0 lead, and James Wright sent a cross-ice pass to Olli Jokinen off a 2-on-1 rush. Rask quickly slid left to right, making a terrific stop.

"So, he seems to be in top form."

"It's the last preseason game and you want to go in feeling good as a team and have good habits," the always smiling Jarome Iginla said following the win. "I think we did that. I think a lot of guys played hard and did a lot of good things."

"We had a good PK. Tuukks was great in net, some huge stops. Bergy's line was really, you know, you name the lines, Smitty [Reilly Smith] had a great game, Kells. So if guys go in feeling good, that's the goal and doing a lot of things."

"And now, we just want to get started."

O.R.G. Packaging




1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69


P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
Hallmark Health System
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings