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The Kids Were Alright

B's rookies looked pretty good versus the Rangers

Wednesday, 09.16.2009 / 5:45 PM / Features
By Dyan LeBourdais  - Intern | BostonBruins.com
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The Kids Were Alright
Boston, MA -- The B's youngest players, including Max Sauve, acquited themselves very well in Boston's first exhibition game and Bruins head coach Claude Julien talked about their performances on Wednesday morning.

“I think we saw a lot of good things from everybody [including] some of our youngsters,” said Julien before flying to Toronto for the second exhibition game in Toronto versus the Maple Leafs.

Rookie Max Sauve, who played in his first Bruins game Tuesday night, scored the game winning goal at 8:13 of third period thanks to helpers by Johnny Boychuk and Milan Lucic.

His goal propelled the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in Madison Square Garden.

“Obviously, Max Sauve scored the winning goal, but more than that, I thought he really probably surpassed a little bit what we expected of him. I thought he played well,” said Julien before dishing out complements to five more players.

“He [Max Sauve] really got his nose dirty and involved and grinded it out along the boards… and the goal he scored is typical of Sauve’s skill set. [His] faceoffs were good, he was our best faceoff man last night – so it was good to see and hopefully he builds confidence with our kit.”

Julien went around the locker room.

“Tuukka [Rask] was extremely good in net," added Julien. “[Brad] Marchand was very good last night.

"Zach Hamill made some great plays and obviously had some good players to play with, so [he] continued [to play] the way he started at the rookie camp.

“So there were a lot of guys, the [Jeff] Penner’s, the [Andy] Bodnarchuk’s – you can see they’ve got a year of pro under their belt and they were able to handle the pressure of the forecheck a lot better.”

Jamie Arniel also caught Julien's attention.

"I thought he was good. He’s gritty, he’s a smart player, [and] he makes good play," he said.. "You’ll get a change tonight to see him at center instead of the wing this time and that’s where him and Vladdy [Vladimir Sobotka] will be switching spots.

"But when I saw him in Kitchener, [he] was a real solid two-way player. He was strong on the puck, he took pucks to the net, he made strong plays, he was good on faceoffs, so he did a lot of good things in Kitchener that really impressed me and I think with time and with experience this guy is only going to get better."

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