Caron's Providence trip nothing more than tune-up

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Caron's Providence trip nothing more than tune-up

WILMINGTON Jordan Carons quick one-day trip to the Providence Bruins to play in an AHL game Sunday night caused an unexpected ruffling of rumors on the internet about trades and roster moves, but all of that was incredibly overblown speculation for what it actually was.

The simple, kinda boring truth: Caron hadnt played much lately and Sunday proved to be a good opportunity to get some game action in for the winger while he serves in Boston as the 13th forward. Caron skated with Zach Hamill and Carter Camper in Providence and notched an assist while playing power play, penalty kill and all other situations hes missed out on in Boston.

I think its a good thing. I didnt play the last two games here, so it was good to play in all situations, power play, PK and all of that stuff, said Caron. I felt confident out there and I felt fresh. I wasnt used to getting that ice time, but my legs felt pretty good and thats a good sign.

It never hurts. It cant be bad to go down there and play every once in a while. Just practicing with the guys the pace is higher here, but the biggest thing I have to work on his skating. Being here with these guys helps me in that area.

With the Bs Caron is averaging slightly more than nine minutes per game, is sitting at a minus-2 and has only leveled a pair of shots on net in four games that have been pretty invisible in the early going. Meanwhile Benoit Pouliot has made some mistakes for the Bruins that have landed him in the penalty box, but the former Habs winger is also drawing some penalties and making aggressive mistakes.

The 20-year-old Caron said it helped to knock a little rust off Sunday night, and its helping him focus on this weekends home-and-home series against the Montreal Canadiens thats starting up Thursday night. Its an option that the Bs might use for several spare players should they go any significant length of time without getting into any NHL games.

Its an advantage that we have to send players that need to play, so they dont get stale here, said Claude Julien. Thats good because we have several players that we have the option and opportunity to send to Providence as were moving forward here.

It remains to be seen if the quick trip to the P-Bruins will help Caron the next time he gets into the Bruins lineup, but at least the effort is there to keep the former first round pick sharp when his No. 38 gets called again.

Talking Points: Veteran Red Wings torch Bruins

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Talking Points: Veteran Red Wings torch Bruins

GOLD STAR: Take your pick: Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening torched the Bruins with veteran savvy and toughness against a very young defensemen unit trying to survive in the second preseason game. Ott and Glendening each scored a goal and finished with three points, and Miller finished with a goal and two points while all three forwards had a plus-3 rating for the night. All of their goals came off winning battles, crashing the net and taking advantage of defensive miscues. The goals provided a good lesson to the young kids that have a ways to go before they’re NHL ready at this point in their careers. It certainly must have been a kick to the stones to many Bruins fans when “Brave” Steve Ott was named the No. 1 Star of the game after it was all over, but that was certainly appropriate.

BLACK EYE: Adam McQuaid was the most experienced defensemen out on the ice for the Bruins on Wednesday night, and it was a rough night for him with so many young guys around him on the back end. McQuaid finished a minus-2 in 17:41 with a couple of hits and got a little better as the game was going on, but was on ice for two of the first three goals allowed to Detroit in a really lackluster middle section of the game. In general, it was about more than just one player, though. There were blown assignments in the D-zone and some really noticeable lost battles leading to scoring chances for a Red Wings group that aggressively took it to the Bruins. This is a game that will leave the Bruins coaches with plenty of video material moving forward.

TURNING POINT: The real slippage came early in the game when the Bruins failed to score on some good power play chances for Peter Mueller and Matt Beleskey, and then allowed two goals within 19 seconds of each other in the first period. The first goal was a PP one for the Red Wings with Ryan Spooner whistled for a face-off infraction, and the second was simply the Bruins falling asleep at the wheel just seconds after the first goal was scored. Lost battles led to a bang-bang play in front with Steve Ott scoring as Malcolm Subban was turned around looking for the puck, and the B’s were reeling headed into the first intermission. Only a Subban shoulder save kept it from being 3-0 at the end of the first, and that was something the B’s never seemed to rebound from.

HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Czarnik scored the B’s only goal off a nice play from Ryan Spooner driving toward the net, and continues to put together another strong training camp after doing the same thing last season. Czarnik finished with the goal, three shots on net and six shot attempts in 17:38 of ice time, and battled back from a rough start to go 6-for-12 in the face-off circle while centering an extremely young line with Sean Kuraly and Zach Senyshyn. While Czarnik might not have been a big name when talking about an open roster spot with the Bruins a couple of weeks ago, he’s pushed toward making himself a part the conversation with his heart-filled, high effort energetic performances for the Black and Gold.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4-for-16 was the final tally for Ryan Spooner in the face-off circle as he continues to be a work-in-progress on the draw.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Maybe I was a little bit shocked first going out there. The speed of the game is noticeably faster, but I think as time went on I got more comfortable out there. Hopefully I can build off that moving forward.” – Bruins rookie D-man Matt Grzelcyk on his first NHL preseason game being a bit of a big wakeup call.  

Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

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Bruins defense struggles in 5-1 loss to Red Wings

BOSTON – The Bruins are clearly getting the kinks out a couple of games into the preseason.

The B’s defense struggled all night, and allowed 39 shots on net and five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The loss provides plenty of video material for the Boston coaching staff to look at over the next few days.

The Bruins actually started off well in the opening half of the first period, but then the bottom fell out when they couldn’t cash in on a power play chance. That led to a Ryan Spooner face-off penalty and then the Wings scoring on the power play to get things going. The Winged Wheels then scored on a Drew Miller-to-Steve Ott connection 19 seconds later to double Detroit’s lead, and really showed some collapse for the Bruins group on the ice Wednesday night.

Impressive youngster Austin Czarnik scored in the second period after a nice feed from Ryan Spooner crashing to the net, but that was the lone highlight for the Black and Gold against a Detroit team that was ready to go. Luke Glendening scored on a play right in front of the net in the second period as well, and Anthony Mantha made it a 4-0 lead for Detroit until Czarnik cracked the score sheet with his first goal of the preseason.

Drew Miller added a goal in the third period when Linus Arnesson vacated the front of the net to leave it wide open for the NHL veteran, and that was a pretty symbolic play for a Bruins group that never got a defensive foothold all evening.