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Lindblad's Two-Way Focus

“If there’s a guy on the Bruins that I would like to emulate my game after it would probably be Patrice Bergeron. He does the little things right all the time."

Wednesday, 07.24.2013 / 9:00 AM / Features
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BostonBruins.com - It didn\u2019t take Matthew Lindblad long to figure out he wanted to play hockey. \u201CI saw my older brother play. I was probably about three at the time and I saw him skating with his friends and instantly that was something I wanted to do.\u201D Since then the Winnetka, Illinois native has been crafting his game to be a two-way forward who makes plays. \u201CI feel like I get up and down the ice well. Ultimately, I try to take care of the defensive zone first and offense comes second.\u201D



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It didn’t take Matthew Lindblad long to figure out he wanted to play hockey.

“I saw my older brother play. I was probably about three at the time and I saw him skating with his friends and instantly that was something I wanted to do.”

Since then the Winnetka, Illinois native has been crafting his game to be a two-way forward who makes plays.

“I feel like I get up and down the ice well. Ultimately, I try to take care of the defensive zone first and offense comes second.”

Does that remind you of a certain Boston Bruin’s forward? That’s because Lindblad wants it to.

“If there’s a guy on the Bruins that I would like to emulate my game after it would probably be Patrice Bergeron. He does the little things right all the time, whether its blocking shots or back checking, the things that just go unnoticed. If there was a guy that I would kind of model my game after it would be a guy like Patrice.”

While this is the 23-year-old’s first trip to the Bruin’s Development Camp, he is no stranger to the Bruins organization. Lindblad skated in four games with the Providence Bruins this season.

The 6’1”, 200 pound forward even scored a goal in his professional debut on April 13,, just nine days after signing an entry-level contract with the Bruins.

“It was a pretty cool experience. It was actually my first shift of the second period and I came out shorthanded and caught a break. I got a break from actually Torey Krug, and came down to a two on one and just let it rip.”

Before joining the Bruins organization, Lindblad played for the Dartmouth Big Green where he recorded 80 points in 89 collegiate games. He says the transition from college hockey to professional hockey has taught him a lot.

“It’s a much different game professionally. College is a lot more chaotic, guys running around. Professionally it’s more systematic. It’s more structured positioning, where you know where guys are. Guys are bigger, stronger, and faster in professional. I had to adjust my technique a little bit, but ultimately I felt pretty good at the end.”

In just four professional games, the left-winger was able to discover where his game needs improvement.

“I need to get a better shot, but also just make sure I can continue to move my feet. At times I can get flatfooted, and in professional, you can’t do that. You always have to be moving.”

With high hopes of getting to the next level, Lindblad is eager to improve at development camp this year.

“I want to develop my game, round it off offensively a little more, whether it’s working on some skill work. or just getting in a groove here in Boston.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
3 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 47 11 21 7 32
C. Soderberg 48 10 21 7 31
L. Eriksson 47 11 18 9 29
D. Hamilton 48 8 18 2 26
B. Marchand 43 13 12 12 25
M. Lucic 47 9 16 7 25
T. Krug 44 9 15 6 24
R. Smith 48 9 14 5 23
D. Krejci 28 6 16 6 22
C. Kelly 46 5 16 6 21
 
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N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .922 2.22
T. Rask 20 11 7 .919 2.35
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