Bruins react to Alzner's 'cry baby' routine

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Bruins react to Alzner's 'cry baby' routine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Still basking in the afterglow of a solid Game 3 victory on the road in Washington, the Bruins had themselves a good laugh at the "cry baby" routine of Karl Alzner in the third period of Monday night's game.

Milan Lucic had been cross-checked in the back by Dennis Wideman as a puck was frozen by Braden Holtby, and the B's power forward was held back by Matt Hendricks and Alzner as he went after his former B's teammate. It took two Caps players and a referee to peel Lucic out of the pile, but that's when Alzner started the "cry baby" routine.

He put his gloves up to his eyes like he was wiping tears away from them as an incensed Lucic was escorted to the penalty box. Less than a minute later, Zdeno Chara pounded in the game-winning goal and the Bruins tasted sweet victory.

All the Bruins agreed that an enraged Lucic was one of the keys to victory last night. Most wondered exactly what Alzner was trying to say.

"I still don't even know what he was doing there to be honest with you . . . sorry," said Andrew Ference.

One thing was a dead-red certainty, however. Lucic is no cry baby and teammate Chris Kelly took it one step further.

"I don't think he's ever cried. I don't think Lucic cried as a baby," he said, smiling. "I think he came out angry. I think he came out with an attitude."

Alzner may find out exactly what kind of attitude when the Bruins and Capitals suit up for Game 4 at the Verizon Center on Thursday night.

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

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Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.