Notes: Bruins talk getting to the net

191545.jpg

Notes: Bruins talk getting to the net

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
WILMINGTON, Mass. The name of the game at Bruins practice was pretty simple on Friday as the team picked up the pieces of a Game 1 shutout loss to Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.It was all about traffic, traffic and more traffic. The human kind rather than the Storrow Drive kind.The Bruins had puck possession, they drew a few penalties and Tim Thomas was solid until the third period hiccup against Brian Gionta, but the one area they were woefully deficient in was getting bodies in close to the net.The Habs defensive pairing of P.K. Subban and Hal Gill managed to ward Bostons big bodies away from the slot area, and kept their scoring opportunities to the bare minimum for the full 60 minutes. Tomas Plekanec shadowed David Krejci and kept the puck away from the puck possession specialist, and both Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic struggled to create their own offense.That meant Price got a good look at the 31 saves he made in Thursday nights Game 1 victory his first playoff win in three years and it was a fairly easy nights work for Les Habitants.Its up to the Bruins to make it that much more difficult.We have to be a little more involved and some of the net-front presence isnt something you have to practice more than its a mindset, Claude Julien said. If we commit ourselves to going there then well get there. Sometimes you have to work through it because theyre doing a good job of boxing us out.Youre allowed to be in front as much as you want as long as youre not in the crease or interfering with the goaltender. Its something you see every year in the playoffs and all of the teams do it. I dont think were trying to do anything different. Were just trying to do it better. Tyler Seguin was on the ice at Ristuccia Arena more than 30 minutes after the rest of his teammates had finished up their practice session and retired to the Bs dressing room. Seguin continued to fire pucks at the net and perfect that curl-and-draw wrist shot from the left faceoff dot that he scored against Nashvilles Pekka Rinne a weapon that the Bs could certainly have used while going 0-for-3 on the man advantage during their Game 1 loss.Seguin continues to split time with Michael Ryder at the right wing spot and it looks like itll be a choice between those two players if it ever comes down to it during this postseason run. Seguins status as the last guy on the ice would seem to indicate hell be a healthy scratch for Game 2 as well. Every Bruins player that was supposed to be on the ice made it out there for Fridays practice, and appeared to make it out of Game 1 with their health intact. The Bs defensemen corps worked quite a bit on breakouts and reversing the puck, and the kind of transition game that led immediately to Montreals first goal early in the first period on a careless puck reversal by Tomas Kaberle. To a man, the Bruins realize the absolute necessity of capturing Game 2 at TD Garden to avoid traveling to Montreal and the raucous Bell Centre down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.We want to win. We have to win we will win, said Krejci, who didnt quite invoke Joe Namath while underscoring the importance of getting some winning results.

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

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

boston-bruins-brandon-carlo.jpg

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 
 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

cp-morning-skate.jpg

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.