Five thoughts: P-Bruins vs. Springfield


Five thoughts: P-Bruins vs. Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Providence Bruins and Springfield Falcons locked in a 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play.

1) Craig Cunningham continues to make an impact whenever I watch him play. Did a solid job on the PK and during 5-on-5 when he was on the ice, and scored Providence's only goal when he crashed the net looking for rebounds. A Carter Camper shot created a loose puck in front of the net and Cunningham shoveled a backhand past Springfield goalie Curtis Mchelinney. It's Cunningham's second goal in 4 games.

2) Bobby Robbins has 19 PIMs in three games played. That's all you really need to know about the physical intensity that the former UMass-Lowell forward has been bringing to games. He dropped the gloves with Cody Bass and took a few overhand rights in the process, but he also drew a tripping penalty for a P-Bruins PP at the end of the first period.

3) Didn't notice Ryan Spooner much at all in the first 20 minutes.

4) Saw some really bad habits out of David Warsofsky during training camp and those seem to be continuing during the AHL season. Got trapped in his own end on a breakout by two fore-checkers because he was skating in circles behind his own net and Springfield nearly scored after he turned the puck over. Also telegraphed a point pass on the PP that nearly turned into breakaway at the other end. With Torey Krug around you have to wonder how much longer they'll stick with a player like Warsofsky that seems to take a lot of unnecesarry risks.

5) Niklas Svedberg in net again for the P-Bruins after earning the team's first win vs. Manchester last night. He's looked pretty comfortable between the pipes after Mike Hutchinson struggled a bit to start the season.

Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings


Beleskey, Spooner and McQuaid highlight Bruins lineup vs. Red Wings

The Bruins announced their lineup for the second preseason game on Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Red Wings, and it was slightly more veteran-laden than the youthful Boston group tapped for Monday night’s opening loss to the Blue Jackets.

Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid and Dominic Moore lead the grizzled group of Bruins players readying for the exhibition tilt against their Atlantic Division rivals, and 19-year-old Zachary Senyshyn will make his preseason debut after getting fully medically cleared from appendectomy surgery a couple of weeks ago.

The 2015 first round pick has had a bit of a rough summer after bouts with mononucleosis and appendicitis forced him to miss Bruins rookie camp, but Senyshyn has quickly regained his strength and the blazing speed that's his biggest asset as a player. 

Austin Czarnik, Peter Mueller and Sean Kuraly are the only players from the opening night roster that will be in again to show their stuff against the Winged Wheels, and undoubtedly to get another long look from the Bruins coaching staff. Here is the full Black and Gold lineup for Wednesday night’s home date against the Red Wings with the untelevised exhibition game to be streamed on


FORWARDS: Noel Acciari, Matt Beleskey, Anton Blidh, Austin Czarnik, Brian Ferlin, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Sean Kuraly, Dominic Moore, Peter Mueller, Zach Senyshyn, Ryan Spooner.

DEFENSEMEN: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

GOALIES: Malcolm Subban, Daniel Vladar.