Lucic, Bruins get into a spirited skate following disappointing scrimmage

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Lucic, Bruins get into a spirited skate following disappointing scrimmage

The less-than-stellar results from Tuesday nights Black and Gold scrimmage added more than a little emphasis and spirit to a Wednesday training camp session at Ristuccia Arena.
Bruins coach Claude Julien ran the 27 camp skaters through a fast-paced session that included full-length two-on-two drills and three-on-three battle drills down low around the net.
The losing members of the three-on-three drills then had to take a punitive end-to-end skate before waiting for their next turn in the drill, and that brought out the pride and emotion in some of the Bs skaters. Milan Lucic got so worked up after one round of three-on-three was over that he twice slammed his stick against the plexi-glass boards and then fired his twig into the bench in a fit of pique.
Today was good. We did a lot of battle drills. We tried to create a screen and get those forward vs. defense drills where theyre trying to box us out when were trying to get to the net, said Lucic. Theres the famous three-on-three drill, which is good because its very competitive when the pride kicks in.
I think the only thing we can control right now is the effort and how hard we can work, and hopefully all of that is there. I think this group has had a lot of pride over the last two or three years and were going to need that going into Saturday.
For Julien, the scrimmage gave him an idea of where each individual player sits with the regular season set to begin on Saturday night. It also gives the coaching staff the proper hammer and cudgel needed to start seriously working the Bruins skaters for the next few days.
They wont get another chance to push the Bruins players until the month of February as they embark on seven scheduled games in the 13 days of January on the schedule. The Black and Gold start February by playing two scheduled games in the first eight days before things pick up a little bit, and there wont be much room for practice at all in the busy, busy months of March and April.
So Julien has to weigh all of that with hoping to avoid the groin and hamstring injuries that are already cropping up in training camps all across the NHL. Thats no easy feat for the Bruins coaching staff, but its a balance theyre keenly aware of.
When you get to this stage of camp it is pretty delicate, but there is risk and there is reward, said Julien. There is no 100 percent here, I guess, so you need to do what you think is right for the team. It may mean a couple of injuries, but you hope it doesnt.
But youve got to look at the big picture rather than the small picture. We have six days of camp to get ready for the league game and we need to put as much together as we can. Weve taken the precaution of not having lengthy practices, but weve ramped up the intensity to make the most of the time that were on the ice. With the intensity and battle level in practice, I dont mind having these kinds of numbers of players because you get quality and you get the rest thats needed.
There was some thought that the Bruins might make a round of camp cuts following Tuesday nights scrimmage against Providence, but Julien indicated that no determinations have been made about Jamie Tardif, Ryan Spooner, Lane MacDermid, Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky or veteran camp invite Jay Pandolfo.
There seems to be no rush as long as Julien can continue dialing up the intensity for the few next few days before players are expected to look much more like themselves Saturday night against the New York Rangers.  

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Rough start for Al Horford

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of tonight’s game between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons in which the Celtics lead 54-50.

 

STARS

Isaiah Thomas

At the half he led all scorers with 16 points coming on 6-for-10 shooting from the field.

Reggie Jackson

The former Boston College star has been a main cog in the Pistons’ offense tonight, leading them with 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting with five assists.

 

STUDS

Marcus Morris

He was relatively quiet most of the first half, but came up with a last-second 3-pointer that sent the Pistons into the half with some momentum to cap off a 15-9 run to end the quarter.

Jaylen Brown

Boston is looking for a steady No. 2 scorer to compliment Isaiah Thomas, and Brown was that guy throughout most of the first half. He finished with nine points on 4-for-5 shooting to go with three rebounds.

Amir Johnson

The former Piston looked very much at home around the rim in the first half, scoring just four points but grabbing seven rebounds in addition to dishing out two assists.

Andre Drummond

He had six points and six rebounds in the first half, but didn’t really dominate the way you would expect from the best big man in the building. Boston didn’t give him too many looks at the basket, and when they did they fouled him. He went to the line for five free throws in the half, and missed all of them.

 

DUDS

Al Horford

Boston has made getting him the ball tonight a priority, and the four-time All-Star is simply not finishing off plays. Credit Detroit’s defense which has contested most of Horford’s shot attempts. That said, he has to deliver more offensively than the two points he scored while missing eight of his nine field goal attempts.

Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

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Talking points: Patrice Bergeron is best player on ice in Bruins' win

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 win over the Dallas Stars where Patrice Bergeron scored two goals.