Hnidy continues Day Two of B's tryout

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Hnidy continues Day Two of B's tryout

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
VANCOUVER Day two of the Shane Hnidy tryout continued with the Bruins taking to off-ice workouts on Thursday morning.Hnidy was the only player on the Pacific Coliseum ice and spent an hour working out with Bruins assistant coaches Doug Houda and Geoff Ward with Bs general manager Peter Chiarelli watching from the stands. Its a lot of fun right now. Id been trying to maintain and get on the ice as much as I could the last month or two, said Hnidy. As much as you do that, you want to get out with guys of the Bruins caliber. The shoulder feels really good. Ive been pretty much cleared to do everything, but there are obviously a few more steps Ive got to go through.It feels good shooting, everything Ive done and all of the tests Ive put it through have felt good. Ill just continue to keep elevating it.Hnidy talked a bit more about his rotator cuff injury admitting that he underwent surgery for the problem and also explained where his famous dressing room personality came from.Hnidy cited guys like Curtis Leschyshyn and Scott Mellanby as players that really helped shape everything he wanted to be as a leader in a hockey dressing room, and those influences created a player in Hnidy that the Bruins value just as much off the ice as they do on it.I was lucky coming up. When I first got up I didnt say much, but I was lucky through my career to have enough guys and veterans that I played with and say how they handled things, said Hnidy. You learn as you go, and I have pretty broad shoulders. Ill give it out and they can give it back, and thats fine.Youve got to grow a pretty thick skin in this game. Youve got to be accountable, and when guys can take it upon themselves to know when or not they should be held accountable, realize it and correct it thats part of the process.The 35-year-old Hnidy was renowned for being a guy that would say whatever was on his mind to anybody else on the hockey club, and didnt pull punches if he felt effort was lacking.That also meant that Hnidy was also ready to absorb criticism coming his way if he wasnt quite performing up to the level expected of him.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

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Rask stops 35 shots in Bruins' 2-1 win over Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tuukka Rask made 35 saves to help the Bruins hold off the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday

David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored to give Boston a 2-0 lead and the Bruins improved to 3-0-1 in their past four.

Evander Kane scored his first goal of the season for Buffalo. Robin Lehner returned after missing one game with a hip injury and made 32 saves.

The Sabres combined for nine goals in their previous two wins but the NHL's lowest-scoring team reverted to form from the first 21 games, when star center Jack Eichel was out of the lineup with a high-ankle sprain.

Krejci got the Bruins on the scoreboard with 5:50 left in the first when he deflected Brandon Carlo's slap shot from the point off the right post and into the net.

The Sabres appeared to tie the game late in the second period but replays determined Brian Gionta kicked the puck into the net.

Bergeron made it 2-0 at 7:10 of the second at 7:44 of the third when he knocked on the rebound of his own missed shot. Bergeron initially hit the puck with his forearm on the left edge of the crease and skated around the net to chase down the puck and slip a backhand past Lehner.

The Sabres answered two minutes later, scoring on Rask for the first time in 109:12 this season. Sam Reinhart's feed off the rear wall set up Kane for a wrist shot from the slot that bounced in off Krejci. Reinhart has five points in his last four games.

NOTES: Bruins F Matt Beleskey was escorted to the dressing room in the final minute of the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Sabres D Josh Gorges did not play after injuring his foot blocking a shot in Thursday's win over the New York Rangers. With Dmitry Kulikov (lower back) and Zach Bogosian (MCL sprain) also out, the Sabres were down three of their top four defenseman and recalled 19-year-old Brendan Guhle from the minors to make his NHL debut. Guhle hustled back to thwart a breakaway by Krejci late in the third period. ... F Anton Blidh became the seventh Bruin to make his NHL debut this season after being recalled from the minors on Friday. ... The Bruins scratched F Jimmy Hayes. D Zdeno Chara, the Bruins' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. ... Rask got a shutout in Boston's 4-0 win over Buffalo on Nov. 7.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Host Florida on Monday.

Sabres: At Washington on Monday.

 

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