Campbell taken off Bruins' power play unit


Campbell taken off Bruins' power play unit

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON Bruins coach Claude Julien thought that putting Gregory Campbell on the power play in Game 5 would produce some offense on the man advantage.

The Bs went 0-for-4 in the experiment, and during Sundays practice at the TD Garden, Julien took Campbell off the power play.

Campbell is a grinder; he knows his role. So when he was asked to jump on the power play, he realized that he only had one job to do: screen Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Its a nice opportunity for me, said Campbell after Sundays practice. I dont see much of that. But I think my role was really to park myself in front of the net and to cause that havoc, disturbance whatever you want to call it in front of the net. Unfortunately, we didnt get set up in Game 5, and I think that was a challenge for us because we have very aggressive forwards.

In my career Ive played there before, added Campbell. Thats kind of my style. Im not a flashy player. Im a guy thats ready to go in front there. We have some big shots on the point, so if we can get those through, and the screen is there, its going to make it easier to get quality scoring chances.

Juliens two sets of power-play units at Sundays practice saw six forwards: David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Michael Ryder, Rich Peverley, and Mark Recchi.

Assuming that those will be the same six forwards on the power play in Game 6, it seems Campbells time on the man advantage are over.

But you cant say they didnt try.

We didn't get from Campbell what we hoped to because we never got the set that we wanted, Julien said on Sunday. And Greg is one of those guys that is willing to stand right in front of the net. He's one of those guys who is very good at tipping the puck, and that's one of the reasons we put him there.

If you look back at Michael Ryder's power play goal here, it was because of Gregory Campbell that he scored, added Julien. Luongo never saw it. He did such a great job. Our intention was to put him in that position last game, but, you know, when you don't get your set and the puck keeps going down the other end, you don't see the usefulness of his role.

So at one point we moved guys around hoping that somebody else could be the guy that could carry the puck in and have different looks. When one thing doesn't work, you go to the next. It's as simple as that."

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Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp


Carlo "ready for everything" as he looks to build on strong camp

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Brandon Carlo enjoyed about as good a game as one could possibly hope for in his preseason debut earlier this week.

The 19-year-old was smooth and poised with the puck on his stick, and picked up an assist when Danton Heinen redirected his point blast to the back of the net. He was also a little dirty, mean and nasty in his own end throwing bodies around in front of the net, and at one point taking a penalty call when he was a little overzealous throwing an opponent down in the crease.

So the 6-foot-5 prospect gave a pretty good glimpse into what he can offer at his best, but the youngster also knows it will keep getting more and more difficult as the games get closer to the end of the preseason.

“In that first game I felt like I was doing a lot of really good things. I was moving the puck well, playing well and doing all of the things that I wanted to do. So I’m really excited to build on that opportunity. I feel like I started myself off well, but it’s about building throughout the camp to reach your main goal at the end,” said Carlo, who may be in line for top pair duties again on Friday night after skating in that role in his first game. “Throughout camp I got three games last year, and I noticed that with each game the action got harder and faster. So I’m ready for that. I feel like it’s going to be a lot of fun out there. I’m ready for the speed, and I’m ready for the physicality. I’m ready for everything.”

Carlo will again team with veteran puck-mover John-Michael Liles on Friday night in a road exhibition game against the Detroit Red Wings, and both he and the Bruins will be looking for him to build on that first outing’s promise. If the youngster can keep it up then the Bruins will have a really difficult choice on their hands with seven D-men already signed to NHL contracts ahead of the young prospect types, so Carlo would have to displace somebody.

But that’s another problem for another day, and will require young Carlo to keep impressing on people , and being extremely hard to play against, when the Bruins take the ice against the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night.

Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming


Bruins ‘expect better effort’ tonight in Detroit with cuts looming

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins had a pretty humbling experience hosting the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night when they were outhustled, outworked and vastly outscored in a lopsided, 5-1 loss at TD Garden.

So, they’re clearly looking for a much crisper, cleaner and competitive result at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night for the first road exhibition game in a rematch with the Wings. Adam McQuaid had a rough night in his first preseason game as the most experienced guy on the D-men group iced that night, so he’s looking for a better performance personally and team-wide against Detroit this time around.

“It goes without saying that our last game was pretty bad from top to bottom,” said McQuaid. “There are a lot of areas to improve on. Guys were working hard at times, but the battle, and getting in on guys and battling, you have to make sure you’re on top of them when you defend quick players like that. Yesterday was a good up-tempo [practice] and guys were battling with each other, and hopefully that carries over into [the game].”

Helping matters will be a much more experienced group as the solid pairing of John-Michael Liles and Brandon Carlo will be added to the mix and Joe Morrow will be making the trip as well. Up front, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey will be playing in their second consecutive games after generating some decent offense against Detroit. They will have 19-year-old speedy Zach Senyshyn added to their mix.

“The last game we had a bit of a hard time with our breakouts, so we worked on that a little bit,” said Spooner. “I don’t think we were very happy with how we played. The compete level, especially when he got down 4-0, I don’t think it was high enough. So we talked about, and we expect a better effort for sure.”

Young prospects Danton Heinen and Peter Cehlarik will also be in the mix with Riley Nash and Dominic Moore bringing experience down the middle of the ice. Perhaps that combined with the growing intensity in each succeeding preseason game will pull a better result out of a group facing the first cuts of training camp following the two games this weekend.