Spooner, Hamilton impressive


Spooner, Hamilton impressive

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins recognized the final day of Development Camp with a long, offense-filled scrimmage in front of a packed house Monday at Ristuccia Arena. Ryan Spooner supplied the only two goals for the Black Team in a fitting showing at the end of an impressive week of camp, but the White Team got offense from all corners in a 4-2 victory.

Spooner was head and shoulders above the rest of the forward group out on the ice with his dizzying array of offensive moves and skill with the puck. Dougie Hamilton was impressive again among the defensemen while warming up for the most important summer of his hockey career.

They were among the players that have caught Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli's eye during development camp: "We call them the Usual Suspects. I think Spooner and Jared Knight are going to challenge at B'straining camp. I think Dougie is going to challenge," said Chiarelli when asked which prospects could push veterans for roster spots in September. "I don't want want to leave anybody out, but that's who I like tocall the 'Usual Suspects.'"Free agent newcomers Colin Campbell and Wayne Simpson scored the first two goals before Spooner evened it up, and towering defenseman Tommy Cross provided the game-winner when he fired a bomb through heavy traffic in front of the net. Justin Florek gave the White Team the insurance marker, and the scrimmage was followed by a shootout drill that featured Hamilton whistling a filthy wrist shot past goaltender Adam Morrison.

Matt Benning sat out the scrimmage with a groin problem thats been bothering him through the entire week of development camp, and Alex Khokhlachev once again sat out the scrimmage after suffering a lacerated kidney at the end his junior hockey season.

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Claude Julien would do if one of the Bruins players was running Facebook Live during his postgame comments.
*Auston Matthews is obviously making a huge impression in Toronto as his Centennial Classic jersey sold for over $11,000 at a charity auction.
*Clark Booth knows it’s time to talk about the NFL, but instead he wants to talk about Milt Schmidt. I agree with Clark.

*Sabres goalie Robin Lehner says that his Buffalo teammates need to start doing their job as the season circles down the drain.

*Pierre McGuire talks with TSN sports radio about the Ottawa Senators, and the tough road trip coming up for them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has more bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Ryan Callahan is going to be out for another four weeks with a lower body injury.
*As the Detroit Red Wings continue to round up the bottom in the Atlantic Division, Thomas Vanek may become trade bait.
*Peter Budaj is giving the Kings the saves that they need with Jonathan Quick out long term with injury.
*For something completely different: Tom E. Curran points out some togetherness issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Antonio Brown’s Facebook post.

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The Bruins are going through a nice, little bountiful stretch of offense right now after a half-season of struggle.

The Bruins are averaging more than three goals per game in their last 12 contests, and have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six games including dropping six scores on the Flyers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Combine that with the 7-for-25 performance on the power play during the month of January, and things are finally starting to catch up with a Bruins team that was all shoot/no score for months of frustrating hockey this season.

“If you want sustained success then you have to be good defensively, but you also have to score some goals. That’s definitely part of it and we have to keep it going,” said Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and eight points in his last nine games after struggling out of the starting gate. “You’re not going to get rewarded every night like we did [against the Flyers], but you have to find that consistency where you’re close to having that every night.”

One thing nobody should expect out of the B’s, however, is to get outside of what they do well now that they’ve started slapping some numbers up on the board. Instead the Bruins are intent on their bedrock of disciplined defense and sensational goaltending with the added offense just making it much tougher to beat them these days.

“I don’t know if we can stand here and say we’re going to sustain that we’re scoring lots of goals. I think what we need to sustain here is winning more games than we lose,” said Claude Julien. “That’s what we’ve got to sustain. Whether it’s a 1-0 or 2-1 game, or it’s a 5-2 or 5-3 game it doesn’t really matter. It’s about winning hockey games much more than it’s about how much you scored, and how much you don’t score.

“Overall when I look at the scoring chances we’re giving up per game, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Goals allowed may have changed a little bit lately, but overall I think we’ve been very steady in that area [of defense].”

So now the Bruins will again be looking for that ideal balance of offense/defense when they take the ice against the Islanders on Monday afternoon for their second straight matinee at TD Garden.