Pouliot impressive in Bruins' debut

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Pouliot impressive in Bruins' debut

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON -- On Friday, Benoit Pouliot predicted it wouldnt be long before he got into the lineup. Twenty-four hours later, he made his debut for the Boston Bruins.

The 24-year-old winger slotted into the left wing spot on the third line alongside Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin, and paid immediate dividends skating around with something to prove in Bostons 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Everybody seemed to like him tonight for the amount of ice he got, said coach Claude Julien, who opted to scratch Jordan Caron in favor of Pouliot after an ineffective first game from his 20-year-old winger. I thought Pouliot's energy was good, he competed hard, he made some good things happen, and I like the direction he took tonight.

Hes certainly continuing to show us that as he gets more comfortable, he seems to be bringing a little bit more. We all seemed to be happy with his game tonight.

Pouliot doesnt participate in the power play or penalty kill for the Bruins, so there wasnt much in the way of consistent ice time for the former Habs skater. But the newest Bs forward still managed to pack plenty into his 7 minutes and 309 seconds after opening his Bruins career with a punishing body check on Brett Clark behind the Tampa Bay net. The hit immediately pushed Pouliot into the game, and led to some golden offensive chances as well.

The first was when Pouliot found himself out on the ice with the fourth line, and Shawn Thorntons work behind the net led to a wild Pouliot backhander that bounced off Chris Kelly before Mathieu Garon could smother the puck.

The second scoring chance for Pouliot arrived after a Tyler Seguin wraparound move got the Tampa Bay defense scrambling, and the 19-year-old puck wunderkind shoveled a pass to Pouliot waiting all alone in front. Pouliot hammered a one-timer from the doorstep that Garon managed to get a glove on, and his best scoring chance with the Bruins was dashed.

But the winger who managed to wear out his welcome in Minnesota and Montreal looked perfectly effective in his role Saturday night, and gave a glimpse of what he can do once he gets truly comfortable with the systems and the personnel.

My game is speed and using my size, said Pouliot. I went to the net hard, created a couple chances there and could have had a couple. But it's the first game, there's a lot left for the rest of the season. I'm excited for the rest of the year.

I should have had the one-timer, but I think Seguin brought it in front a couple times and Kelly too. It's just a matter of bearing down and capitalizing on those chances. But we'll get a lot of chances. We'll get a lot all year long. You get used to it after a while and start putting them in the net.

Its only one game thus far, but Pouliot showed just how impactful he can be if hes property utilized this season.

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

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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?

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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.