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Exhibition Season Closes

The Boston Bruins are ready for 2009-10.

Monday, 09.28.2009 / 8:51 AM / Features
By Dyan LeBourdais  - Intern | BostonBruins.com
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Exhibition Season Closes
Boston, MA - The final preseason game has been played and the official start of the 2009-10 season is less than one week away and even though the Bruins finished their preseason with 4-2 loss to Columbus, they had a very decent 5-2-1 on the exhibition docket – a sure sign to the Hub of Hockey that the Eastern Conference champion Black & Gold are hitting the regular season in stride.
 
The Bruins will have three days of practice to prepare for the first game of the regular season (October 1 at the TD Garden versus the Washington Capitals) and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is chomping at the bit.

“Of course we are excited to start the real thing,” said Chara. “We have a few days to regroup, get the energy again.

“It’s exciting.”

Chara said that the Bruins should not just focus on Alex Ovechkin when the Capitals come to call.

“We have to approach it just like any other team,” explained the defenseman. “Every team has some skill players and really it’s not just Ovechkin, Semin or Greene.

“It’s the whole team and we have to play as a team and try to win as a team.”

Speaking of team, there are now just 24 players on the current roster, including Vladimir Sobotka, perhaps the strongest rookie contender throughout training camp.

Sobotka, one of the American Hockey Leagues finest forwards in 2008-09, has made several appearances on the Boston bench during the last two seasons and hopes to make it to the NHL on a full time basis this year and before the game last Saturday night, B’s head coach Claude Julien said he thinks Sobotka has a role to play on the Bruins roster.

“I think he’s got a role here that may be different than the American League role where he was on the top line, but that’s what happens,” said Julien. “He’s got a role to play that we think, and that we probably know, he can play and that’s a good centerman or a good winger that’s gritty. The way he’s played the last two games, I think he’s been a lot better than what we saw early in camp.”

“At the beginning of camp he was putting so much pressure on himself, he looked more like the Vlady of last year that put him back in the American League, but in the last couple of games you start to see him playing his game again.”

“He’s definitely played well enough to stay on this team.”

By all accounts, that same evening, Sobotka played very well and scored the first Bruins thanks to great passes from Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder.


As of Monday morning, the 24-man roster consists of:

Forward
Chuck Kobasew, Marco Sturm, Milan Lucic, Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler, Mark Recchi, Patrice Bergeron, Steve Begin, David Krejci, Zach Hamill, Vladimir Sobotka, Byron Bitz, Brad Marchand, Michael Ryder, Marc Savard

Defense
Dennis Wideman, Andrew Ference, Zdeno Chara, Mark Stuart, Matt Hunwick, Derek Morris, Johnny Boychuck

Goal
Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask

As for the players that didn’t make the cut, Julien said, “We’ve run into injuries at times where probably some other teams or organizations would have really started sliding and we haven’t because those guys have stepped in there.”

“So it’s important for those guys to come in tonight and whether they’re with us at the beginning of the year, at least we know we can call them up and feel comfortable with their play.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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