Bruins spend final moments with Cup at Foxboro

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Bruins spend final moments with Cup at Foxboro

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
The Bruins players knew heading into Sunday that it was going to be their final day with the Stanley Cup, and they savored it the best way they know how. The Bs players enjoyed a police escort down Route 1 and then shared the Cup with 70,000 screaming Patriots fans prior to New Englands 30-21 victory over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium.

The majority of Bs players were somewhat relieved that their portion of the 100 days with the Cup was over, but also felt that taking it to a huge NFL rivalry game was the best way to go out with Lord Stanleys chalice.

For some Bruins, like Tyler Seguin, it was their first time attending an NFL game in person. For others, like Milan Luci,c it was their first chance to get a real taste of the Patriots-Jets rivalry. Claude Julien and Johnny Boychuk had talked about going to CFL games in the past, but theres nothing quite like a back-alley fight between division rivals like the Pats and Jets.

Its good to be a part of it," Julien said. "For the most part the Bruins players arent from a city with an NFL team, so for the most part theyre fans of the Patriots. Its fun to go there and support a team, and also get recognized by them for what weve done.

Whether it helps the Patriots motivationally or its just being recognized, this should be the last time you see the team going around with the Stanley Cup. Thats my wish anyway. Its the time when were really turning the page.

Lucic has spent enough time in Boston to know the landscape of sports in Boston, and he's already developed a hatred for the Jets in the border wars that have taken place over the last 10 years.

Id never been to a Pats-Jets game before. I knew it was going to be pretty intense, said Lucic. Just being around Boston you really learn how to hate teams like the Jets and the Yankees and the Lakers . . . all of the rivals of the Boston sports teams. Its the Boston way, right?

Anytime we get a chance to share our championship with another Boston team thats been there and done it, were definitely going to do it.

Is there going to be any separation anxiety for the Bruins players now that they know their time with the Stanley Cup has officially come to an end for this season?

I think this is it. Its the last thing and its probably a good thing, said Lucic. Its time to move on after this. Im going to have to give Stanley one last hug and kiss before we let him go.

The Bruins said their goodbyes with Lord Stanleys Cup after leaving Foxboro at halftime of the football game, and now they are truly on to the mission of repeating the whole thing again next year.

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

Talking Points: Young Bruins 'took advantage' of opportunities

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Talking Points: Young Bruins 'took advantage' of opportunities

GOLD STAR: Danton Heinen got off to a slow start in his first NHL preseason game, but was operating at full efficiency when he redirected a Brandon Carlo point shot early in the third period for the game-tying goal that eventually pushed the game into the shootout. Heinen finished second on the B’s with 22:10 of ice time, had four shot attempts and blocked a shot along with the goal, and had another power play chance robbed on the doorstep with a sweeping glove save from Curtis McElhinny. It’s clear from the large amount of ice time that the Bruins want to get a good look at Heinen, and that he’s got a solid chance at an NHL job based on his added development in a big time Denver college program for the last couple of seasons.

BLACK EYE: Peter Mueller wasn’t bad, but zero shots on net along with a penalty in 13:49 of ice time isn’t the kind of performance that’s going to force you to notice him. The Bruins coaching staff then put him out as the final shooter in the shootout with another chance to make a play, and the former Coyotes star forward couldn’t do anything with it before the Columbus game-winner. He clearly has skill, good size and looks like he can make things happen with the puck on his stick, but Mueller needs to make more plays leading to tangible results if he wants to earn a roster spot with so many talented young wingers around him. Both Heinen and Jake DeBrusk cracked the score sheet tonight, and Mueller did not.

HONORABLE MENTION:  Give Jimmy Hayes credit, he showed up and played well in what he hopes is going to be a giant rebound season with the Bruins. He scored the game’s first goal on a great give-and-go with Jake DeBrusk, and he was active and strong paying the price in front of the net while engaged in battles that left him with a giant fat lip after the game was over. It was from a Dalton Prout shot at the end of the second period, and it was Hayes paying the price in a game that really doesn’t matter to a veteran player like him. That’s a good sign if he’s willing to keep doing it, as was his decision to stick up for his smaller teammates when big Blue Jackets D-man Oleg Yevenko started pushing people around in the second period. Hayes finished with the goal, four shots on net and put in an honest night’s work for a team that needs it from him on a nightly basis.

TURNING POINT: For the Bruins it was a 5-on-3 at the end of the second period that didn’t get them a goal, but pulled the momentum of the game in their direction while getting Danton Heinen and Seth Griffith into the flow of things. Both players were robbed on the doorstep by diving saves from Curtis McElhinney, but bolstered their determination to make something happen in the third period down a goal. Only a few minutes of ice time later, Heinen was redirecting a Brandon Carlo shot past the Columbus goaltender for the game-tying goal and the B’s were on equal footing with the Blue Jackets. The power play was 0-for-5 on the night, but most of their PP possessions were actually decent considering how little they’ve practiced it this early in camp.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 – the number of shot attempts for Jakub Zboril, who was more good than bad for the Bruins in the first preseason game for the Black and Gold. He set up the first initial transition pass that led to Jimmy Hayes’ goal, and was active while aggressively playing the position and showing off his skills that were very clearly worthy of a first round pick.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “There were a lot of young players in the lineup. I won’t go through all of them, but I thought quite a few of them acquitted themselves quite well. They were given opportunities to do that and some of them certainly took advantage of that.” – Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy after the 3-2 shootout loss. 

Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

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Bruins lose preseason opener to Blue Jackets in shootout, 3-2

BOSTON – The Bruins ice a young lineup for their preseason opener against the Blue Jackets, and they got some solid results from the next generation of skaters ready to wear the Black and Gold. It wasn’t enough for the win, however, as Sam Gagner won the game in the shootout for the Blue Jackets by a 3-2 score after both Riley Nash and Jake DeBrusk dinged the left post with their first two shootout attempts.

DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Brandon Carlo, Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik all had very strong games as young players vying for NHL roster spots with a couple of jobs potentially open at the NHL level.

DeBrusk set up Jimmy Hayes for Boston’s first goal, and Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot past Curtis McElhinney in the third period to tie things up.

Sonny Milano opened up the game’s scoring by beating Anton Khudobin to the short side on a play where the B’s backup goaltender was a little bit sloppy with his technique. Hayes scored to tie things up for the Black and Gold on a nifty transition play up the ice that embodied the “play fast” philosophy that Claude Julien is espousing.

Daniel Zaar added a goal for the Blue Jackets midway through the second period that again gave Columbus the slim one goal lead, but that evaporated in the final 20 minutes when Heinen redirected a Carlo point shot from the slot area past the Blue Jackets netminder.

The Bruins will get back at it with another home preseason game at TD Garden against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.