Bruins opt to scrimmage in dog days of camp

Bruins opt to scrimmage in dog days of camp
September 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
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The Bruins broke up the training camp monotony and opted for a little noontime scrimmage action on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. The game consisted of two 15 minutes halves with referees and situational play including power plays, shootouts and four-on-four play during the session. Team Chara finished with a decisive 4-1 victory over Team Bergeron when it was all said and done with Zdeno Chara, Jordan Caron, Gregory Campbell and Jarome Iginla scoring goals for the captain’s squad.

“I think we were all a little surprised, but they keep us on our toes . . . which is nice,” said Chris Kelly. “I thought it went well. It wasn’t just going out there and play for 15 minutes. There was some thought put into it, so we could kind of work on all aspects of the game.”

Carl Soderberg was the only player to score during the shootout portion on goalie Niklas Svedberg in a little Swede-on-Swede crime, and that continued the offensive tear that started Saturday night with a pair of goals against the Wings.

The other group managed just a single goal on a Loui Eriksson's sniper from the slot, but Claude Julien and the Bruins coaching staff was happy to put the group through their paces in a departure from the every day drills.

“I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve found that this camp has been pretty long,” said Julien. “You get to the point where you’ve worked on all the parts of your game you’ve worked on, and the best way to get better is to put yourself in game situations.

“So I thought today that a scrimmage would be good for that reason. I think guys are also probably getting a little tired right now, and a scrimmage is something that could give them a little more life.”