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B's win, 2-1, take back-to-back games vs. Habs

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B's win, 2-1, take back-to-back games vs. Habs

By Joe Haggerty
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MONTREAL Its no playoff series win, but the smiling Bruins leave Montreal with wins in back-to-back preseason games against the Habs.

A Max Sauve dish to Chris Clark for a guy midway through the third period snapped a 1-1 tie, and handed the Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens at a Bell Centre environment bent on playoff revenge.

After a scoreless first period, a familiar foe from the Habs did the damage against the Bruins. Former University of New Hampshire standout Phil DeSimone carried the puck toward the net from the right wing with Milan Lucic on his back, and fired a puck on Tuukka Rask that caused a rebound. Bs killer Mike Cammalleri jumped to the front of the net and popped in the loose puck to account for the games first goal.

The Bruins fought back with their own dirty goal in the third. Matt Bartkowski snapped a shot on net with Jordan Caron and David Krejci providing plenty of traffic in front, and Carey Price kicked a rebound directly out to Tyler Seguin. The Bs rookie made it two goals in two games when he flipped the loose puck into the net, and tied things up for the Black and Gold.

Tuukka Rask was impregnable between the pipes and made 31 saves en route to the victory in Montreals raucous barn.

GOLD STAR: Jordan Caron. The Bruins winger won himself a job on the Bs final roster with a strong performance at the Bell Centre last year, and Caron was again dominant in his home Province of Quebec. Caron managed an assist, had four shots on net and four registered hits while fore-checking, back-checking, creating traffic in front of the net and doing all of the other things that earn points with head coach Claude Julien. Caron, Chris Clark, and Benoit Pouliot are potentially in a tight competition for two spots on the Boston roster, and both Caron and Clark have been consistently excellent in camp.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tuukka Rask made 31 saves including a number of quick reflex stops, and is enjoying a very good training camp as the hungry backup to Tim Thomas. Rask was at his best while shutting the door on Brock Trottier in a rapid rebound attempt after the Finnish goalie had initially lost track of the pucks location. The Habs managed to create some very good chances, but Rask never wavered in an encouraging performance for an upcoming season where hell be needed quite a bit.

BLACK EYE: Give David Krejci credit for helping create some body traffic in front of the net on Tyler Seguins goal, but the Bruins center was in prime sleepwalking mode for most of the night skating with Seguin and Milan Lucic. Krejci lost 3 of 14 face-offs, was a minus-1 and didnt register a shot on net, but its also the preseason and the creative center cant be blamed for saving the good stuff for then.
TURNING POINT: The Bruins finally got some traction in the third period when the SeguinCaronKrejci line broke through for a goal after serving as Bostons forward trio for the night. Breaking the seal on Carey Price allowed the Bs to score once again later on in the period when the game was deadlocked at 1-1, and protect a slim lead against the Habs.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 the number of individual assists in the game for Matt Bartkowski, Steve Kampfer and Max Sauve as all three younger players stepped up their games with roster spots on the line.

QUOTE TO NOTE: He was playing well. You want to see all kinds of different things in exhibition games. Youre just trying to see how guys adapt to different situations. I thought he deserved it and you want to see how guys adapt. I thought he did a great job. Claude Julien on elevating Jordan Caron to a line with Krejci and Seguin in the third period after putting in a solids night work.

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

Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

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Czarnik trying not to be 'the forgotten man' in Bruins camp

BOSTON – With all of the talk about young forward prospects Anders Bjork and Jake DeBrusk, it would seem that Austin Czarnik wants to serve a reminder that he can play a little hockey too.

For the second year in a row, the 24-year-old diminutive forward is putting together a strong start to his training camp with a multi-point performance in a 4-2 exhibition victory over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at TD Garden.

Czarnik finished with a penalty-shot goal, two points and tied for the team-lead with four shots on net while playing with the energy, skating aggressiveness and in-your-face attitude that he’s going to need for NHL success. He also made his point that there are more than just a couple of young forwards in camp who can potentially help in Boston this winter.

“He was very good. I think the forgotten man, maybe, he was thinking [a bit] because we’ve talked about a lot of young guys. He’s still a young guy, and wants to make his mark and push for a job on the team,” coach Bruce Cassidy said of Czarnik, who posted five goals and 13 points in 49 games for the Bruins last season. “I thought he looked real good tonight. He won a lot of pucks. He’s always going to make plays in space, that’s his game. He won a lot of pucks and did a lot of little things well.”

It was Czarnik who really helped put the game away in the second period when he sped past a pair of defenders and forced them into hauling him down for a penalty shot with the B’s already up, 2-0. Czarnik patiently slowed his penalty-shot attempt before ripping one past Petr Mrazek’s glove hand in what ended up being the game-winning goal. Czarnik was in the middle of things again in the third on the insurance marker as he engineered a 3-on-1 rush before expertly feeding to Teddy Purcell for the sizzled one-timer.

Czarnik was downplaying the idea that he’s been overlooked in camp but show there was a strong need to remind the B’s organization how he can potentially help them as a fast, aggressive, pesky little center that can also make some plays.

“I’m not going to worry about [getting overlooked]. It’s part of life, you know it’s happened a lot? I’m not going to worry about that,” said Czarnik, who similarly won a job with the Bruins after a strong initial training camp last season. I’m just going to worry about myself and just try to do the right thing every single time and show them what I can do.

“I need to be an energy guy. There’s a lot of young talent now, you know, on the power play and everything now, so I need to try to create energy on the penalty kill and the fore-check. So that’s what my main focus is going to be.”

The energy really is the key to Czarnik’s long-term hopes with the Bruins and, consequently, the rest of the NHL. If he can play with the same skating legs, high energy and rapid pace that he’s consistently shown in preseasons, then there’s no reason to think he can’t help the Bruins. But there were far too many lulls in Czarnik’s rookie NHL season where the skating game wasn’t good enough, there wasn’t enough bite to his fore-check and there just weren’t enough plays being made on the ice.

Clearly, Czarnik is trying to change that impression in this camp with the B’s, but that could prove to be a much more difficult task with so many more quality forwards now battling for a few jobs on the roster in Boston. 

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Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise

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Morning Skate: Sorry, Shaughnessy but young B's are on the rise

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating that Brad Marchand is willing to say something is “an absolute joke.” There are not enough candid players in the NHL like good, ol' No. 63.

*So FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy writes that the Bruins are “a lowly number four nowadays” in the power rankings of the big four Boston sports teams. Certainly, Danny is technically correct in saying that the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics are ahead of the Bruins in terms of the Boston pro sports zeitgeist and that they dominate the sports conversation.

But Shaughnessy points to the Bruins doing nothing to improve themselves last summer as some kind of reason behind their low position among the other Boston sports franchises, and that’s not really a factor. The problem right now is that the Bruins are extremely young and still a couple of years away from returning to true Stanley Cup contention as a result. 
Once Charlie McAvoy is a few years into his career, some of the other Bruins prospects are in the NHL for good and Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask are still at the back end of their prime, the Bruins will once again be a Cup contender that’s pushing their way back into the championship conversation that commands the attention of the Boston fan.

Would Shaughnessy have been more satisfied with the Bruins if they spent bad money on a big free-agent contract as they did with Matt Beleskey and David Backes in back-to-back years, or if they traded premium prospect Brandon Carlo for hired gun Matt Duchene? That would be the kind of “big splash” move that a bad management group would make to appease the casual fans that don’t truly understand what the B’s are going with their draft-and-development plan.

This Bruins outfit is still a playoff team while they’re building back to that Cup-worthy level. They were playing a much more exciting, entertaining brand of hockey once Bruce Cassidy replaced Claude Julien last winter. This isn’t a lowly team unworthy of the fans’ attention, or more importantly their sports dollar. This is much more about the all-time greatness of the New England Patriots, the deserved excitement for a Celtics team that is truly going for it after being in the Bruins current “building it back up” phase for the past few years and a playoff-level Red Sox team that really has no competition in the summertime.

This isn’t about what the Bruins aren’t doing right now. This is about what the Patriots and Celtics, and to a lesser degree the Red Sox, are doing right now. It's as simple as that in a local sports landscape that’s cyclical and constantly in motion.  

*What a great Facetime hit here from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ray Ferraro with Jay and Dan now that they’re thankfully back to their rightful home in Canada. The technical difficulties really make the whole thing come together.  

*Congrats to Jonathan Drouin for making a commitment to the city of Montreal that goes well beyond being a player for the Canadiens.

*Lots of prayers and well-wishes to Hingham, Mass., native and New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle after his stunning cancer diagnosis. Anybody that knows the Boyle family knows how courageous they are, and how much love and support that Brian will have at a time when he’s going to need every bit of it. I also included a link to a New York Post Q&A with Boyle where he talks a bit about his father’s miraculous battle with cancer as well.   

 *John Chayka is trying to bring with him a new chapter to the history of the Arizona Coyotes, but it’s seemingly always an uphill battle there.

*Nobody should have any problems with the contract extension handed out to Mikko Koivu by the Minnesota Wild.

*For something completely different: Are we seriously living in a world where the Juggalos are marching for their rights?

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