MONTREAL -- For the second straight game Andrej Meszaros will suit up for the Boston Bruins, and for the second straight game he’ll skate on Zdeno Chara’s right side filling in for Dougie Hamilton. The 20-year-old B’s defenseman will serve as a healthy scratch on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre just as he did Sunday night in Florida during a win against the Panthers.
“Dougie is going to be out again. I’m going to go with the same D corps as I had the other night [in Florida],” said Claude Julien. “You’re going to see Jordan in Dan Paille’s spot.”
Meszaros is clearly looking forward to getting a taste of the Bruins/Habs rivalry, but should be an old hand at this stuff after experiencing the Flyers/Penguins battles over the last few years. He also plans to keep moving the puck, shooting the puck and maximizing his offensive assets while skating in a partnership with Chara that yielded his best offensive season during his rookie year in Ottawa.
In other words: The team-high six shots on net against Florida for Meszaros might not be an aberration.
“I’m going to go out there play my best, and just try to help us get the two points. I’ll just play my game. Every team has a rivalry, and obviously Boston is no different. So it should be fun,” said Meszaros. “I’d love to shoot the puck as much as I can. If I have the lane and I can see the net, then I’m going to shoot the puck.
“That’s what you want to do. If you can get rebounds or tips then there’s a better chance to score goals. If there’s a passing lane then I’ll pass it, and if there’s a shooting lane then I’ll shoot it.”
Meszaros had 62 shots in 38 games for the Flyers prior to the trade, so perhaps he did step it up a notch to impress his new teammates and coaching staff. But it’s also clear that the big, heavy shot from the point is something that the newest B’s defenseman brings to the table, and something that the Boston coaching staff wants to see more of after his outstanding debut performance.