Bruins make rookie cuts, set training camp roster

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Bruins make rookie cuts, set training camp roster

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs

The Bruins made their training camp roster official on Thursday afternoon, and made five cuts from the rookie training roster.

Rookie free agent invites Dylan Hood, Adam Presizniuk, Conor Stokes, Charlie Dodero and goaltender Jared DeMichiel were left off the Bruins training camp roster of 53 players expected to attend the official opening of training camp on Friday morning.

The rookies will skate at TD Garden on Friday while the veterans will undergo physicals and fitness testing, and both groups will mingle together for two days of weekend double session practices at the Garden.

The practices will be open to the public, and the two sessions will commence at the Garden at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The roster for training camp is as follows:

Forwards: Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Anthony Camara, Gregory Campbell, Carter Camper, Jordan Caron, Stefan Chaput, Chris Clark, Craig Cunningham, Zach Hamill, Josh Hennessy, Nathan Horton, Chris Kelly, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Lane MacDermid, Kirk MacDonald, Kyle MacKinnon, Brad Marchand, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Benoit Pouliot, Tyler Randell, Calle Ridderwall, Yannick Riendeau, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Shawn Thornton, Trent Whitfield.
Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Button, Marc Cantin, Zdeno Chara, Colby Cohen, Joe Corvo, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Steven Kampfer, Nathan McIver, Zach McKelvie, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Dennis Seidenberg, David Warsofsky.

Goaltenders: Michael Hutchinson, Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask, Tim
Thomas.

The players will be divided into two groups of the following players:

GROUP A:
Forwards: Arniel, Bergeron, Campbell, Horton, Khokhlachev, MacDermid,
MacDonald, MacKinnon, Paille, Pouliot, Ridderwall, Riendeau, Seguin,
Tardif, Thornton, Whitfield.

Defensemen: Bartkowski, Boychuk, Cohen, Ference, Kampfer, McIver,
McKelvie, Seidenberg.

Goaltenders: Khudobin, Thomas.

GROUP B:
Forwards: Camara, Camper, Caron, Chaput, Clark, Cunningham, Hamill,
Hennessy, Kelly, Knight, Krejci, Lucic, Marchand, Peverley, Randell,
Sauve, Spooner.

Defensemen: Bodnarchuk, Button, Cantin, Chara, Corvo, Hamilton,
McQuaid, Miller, Warsofsky.

Goaltenders: Hutchinson, Rask.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.