Bruins get wake-up call in Carolina

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Bruins get wake-up call in Carolina

SUNRISE, FL The Bruins havent lost much over the last three months, and its not something they want to get used to.

After letting up on the gas pedal in the third period and dropping their third game to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes this season, the Bs took the day off on Sunday in Florida. The bitter taste following Saturday nights defeat in Carolina reminded all of the Bs players how much losses arent to be tolerated in their dressing room. Now its up to the Bs to do something they havent had to do much of lately: Rebound from a less-than-laudable effort.

Its kind of been creeping up on us that we havent been at our best, said Adam McQuaid. Last night it reminded us how much we hate losing and what we have to do to be successful. Sometimes that can be a good lesson."

The Bruins are in the middle of a dense portion of their schedule with seven games in 11 days starting with Saturday nights tilt with the Hurricanes, and perhaps playing every other night is catching up to the Bs. Thats the easiest excuse for letting down in the final 20 minutes against Carolina to kick off a four-game road trip, and the Bs know it wont be easier against a Florida Panthers team in solid playoff position.

There isnt much room between teams in the Eastern Conference at the midpoint of the season, and the Bruins cant afford to start shirking winnable games in the middle of the schedule. The dog days of the NHL regular season are fast approaching, and it at least sounds like the Bruins are handling it the right way.

After the game going to the plane it felt like a Stanley Cup loss. Guys took it to heart and I didnt feel too proud of the outcome of the game or us not being able to find a way to win, said Tyler Seguin. Sucks that it caught up to us after weve been finding ways to win, but it serves as a pretty good wakeup call.

Actions will speak a lot louder than words when the Bruins take the ice at the BankAtlantic Center against the dangerous Panthers on Monday night.

Acciari returns from lower body injury to Bruins practice

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Acciari returns from lower body injury to Bruins practice

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It must have been a relatively minor lower body ailment for fourth-line center candidate Noel Acciari as he returned to the training camp ice for regular practice on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

Acciari had hobbled off the ice in the third period of Wednesday night’ s preseason loss to the Red Wings with what appeared to be a right leg injury and the Providence College alum wasn’t on the ice the following day for training camp practice. 

But Acciari tested things out with the young players after Friday’s training camp sessions, and then was back in the mix for the Black and Gold full force on Saturday.

That’s good news for the 24-year-old Acciari, who was his usual hard-hitting and energetic self while centering Justin Hickman and Anton Blidh in the loss to the Red Wings.

“I feel good. Ready to go again,” said Acciari. “I wish we could have done a little more out there. It was my first game back out there for a while, but there’s definitely room for improvement.”

Acciari is referencing playing with the puck, and being a little more offensive-minded, as the areas where he wants to improve this season after not showing much prowess in the offensive zone last season. 

Acciari was a tough customer and unafraid to throw his body at even the biggest and strongest opponents in his blue-collar 19-game stint in Boston last season, but he also managed just a single assist along with a minus-4 rating.

So, that’s someplace where he feels he can show a bit more after posting seven goals and 19 points in a half-season for Providence last year.

“Just coming off last year, I was in a more defensive mentality. Now this year with a couple of games under my belt, I have a little more confidence to produce more offensively like I know that I can,” said Acciari. “I think the defensive part of the game and the checking is more my strong suit, but I know I can contribute offensively. As I get more comfortable around the team, I know I can help out producing points, and stuff like that.”

Staying healthy and showing some offensive “stuff” could help Acciari in his battle for an NHL roster spot out of camp where Riley Nash, Dominic Moore (who was pulled from Friday night's lineup vs. Detroit with a minor physical ailment) and Austin Czarnik among others are vying for potential fourth-line center spots.