DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.

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The Bruins concluded their preseason schedule with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Capitals Friday night at the Verizon Center.

Loui Eriksson’€™s first-period tally was the game’€™s only goal until Alexander Ovechkin tied the contest with less than three minutes to play in regulation. Ovechkin’€™s goal came against Jeremy Smith, who spelled Tuukka Rask in the third period.

Rask played the first two periods of the game, stopping all 15 shots he faced. Smith stopped 13 of the 14 shots he saw before letting in both shots he faced in the shootout.

The Bruins will open the regular season Thursday when they host the Jets at TD Garden.

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The Bruins will play their preseason finale Friday when they face the Capitals at the Verizon Center, but they’ll be leaving a pair of players behind.

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in the preseason. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jonas Gustavsson stopped 42 of 45 shots he faced in the preseason. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Now, the waiting game begins for Jonas Gustavsson.

After going through training camp and playing one and a half preseason games for the Bruins on a professional tryout, the 30-year-old netminder can do nothing but hope that the work he put in was good enough to earn him a contract and a spot on the bench as Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup.

Claude Julien said Friday morning that Gustavsson would not travel with the team for Friday’€™s preseason finale against the Capitals, with Rask starting and Jeremy Smith serving as backup. That means the preseason book is closed on Gustavsson, who stopped 42 of 45 shots over parts of two preseason games for a .933 save percentage.

“I’€™m not trying to think about it too much; I’€™m trying to do whatever I usually do –€” just practice, play games whenever I get a chance to play and have some fun,” Gustavsson said after Friday’€™s practice. “All the other stuff, that’€™s not in my hands. I guess I’€™m waiting, but on the other hand, at the same time, I’€™m just taking it day-by-day like I always do.”

Smith, a 26-year-old who was drafted in the second round by the Predators in 2007, is the favorite to win the backup job after a strong showing last season in Providence. That leaves Gustavsson, who played formerly with the Leafs and Red Wings but was limited to seven games with the Wings by injuries last season, potentially on the outside looking in.

Julien insisted Friday morning that a decision has not been made on the backup goaltender.

“There’€™s a lot that’€™s going to come into play there in that decision-making. It’€™s going to be a group decision,” he said. “We’€™re going to look at the pros and cons and everything else that goes into it. Unfortunately, that’€™s where it would be nice to have more preseason games and give a lot of those guys an opportunity to play even more and us assess them even longer, but that’€™s the way it is. Tuukka’€™s got to play. He’€™s our goaltender that we’€™ve got to get ready for the start of the season.”

Gustavsson’€™s preseason availability was limited by the birth of his first child, which cost him a preseason start that was perhaps made up when he played all of Wednesday’€™s game against the Rangers. Malcolm Subban (who started two preseason games) and Zane McIntyre are already back in Providence having been cut from camp.

Julien has noted that the decision the team makes for Rask’€™s backup will not necessarily be the team’€™s final decision. If the team loses confidence in the backup, as the Bruins did with Niklas Svedberg last season, they won’€™t hesitate to call up Subban and give him his shot. Should Smith get the first crack at the gig, such a scenario would do Gustavsson no good unless he remains unsigned.

Gustavsson saw his injuries create that situation last season in Detroit. As he battled a shoulder injury, AHL callup Petr Mrazek emerged as a starting option for the Red Wings, which made his services no longer required. If Gustavsson does happen to win a job in Boston, he intends to keep it.

“Every time you’€™re on the ice, you’€™re trying to prove yourself,” he said. “That’€™s what you’€™ve got to do, no matter if you have a contract or not. There’€™s always going to be competition. You can’€™t really take any spots for granted, no matter if you’€™re on a one-way or two-way or tryout or whatever it is. If you’€™re not going to perform over time, some younger kid or some other goalie’€™s going to take your spot. There’€™s only 60 spots in the league and there’€™s tons of good goalies.”

Gustavsson still considers himself one of them. He’€™ll have to wait to see if the Bruins agree.

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The Bruins will play their preseason finale Friday when they face the Capitals at the Verizon Center, but they’ll be leaving a pair of players behind.

Forward Max Talbot and backup goalie candidate Jonas Gustavsson will hang back for Friday night’s game, with Claude Julien saying that neither move is an indication of either player’s status with the team. Tuukka Rask will get the start, with Jeremy Smith backing him up.

The lines in Friday’s practice were as follows:


All seven of the Bruins’ healthy defensemen — Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman, Joe Morrow, Matt Irwin, Colin Miller and Kevan Miller — are expected to make the trip. Zdeno Chara did not practice with the B’s Friday, though he did skate again prior to the practice.

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The Bruins announced another round of cuts Thursday evening, with Alexander Khokhlachev the biggest name among those headed to Providence.

Alexander Khokhachev

Alexander Khokhachev

The Bruins announced another round of cuts Thursday evening, with Alexander Khokhlachev the biggest name among those headed to Providence.

Also released from camp were Brian Ferlin, Anton Blidh, Chris Breen, Brandon DeFazio, Ben Sexton and Tommy Cross. Breen, DeFazio and Sexton were previously cut from camp but recalled for Wednesday’s preseason game against the Rangers. Cross must first clear waivers before he can be assigned to Providence.

Khokhlachev’s assignment to Providence is the latest step in what’s been a frustrating tenure with the Bruins. After being chosen early in the second round of the 2011 draft, the Russian center has performed well in the AHL but has underwhelmed in pro camps. Clearly a skilled player who figures to be an NHL player before long, he raised questions about his attitude when he recently expressed his unhappiness with where he stands in the organization.

“€œThis is my last year of my contract,”€ he said. “I’€™€™m 22 already. If they don’€™€™t give me the chance to play, why am I here? I will not play in Providence all my life. They told me, ‘€˜€˜Just wait for your chance.’€™€™ I’€™€™m still waiting for it.”

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated by himself again prior to Thursday’€™s practice as he continues to rehab an upper-body injury injury suffered in last Thursday’€™s preseason game against the Ra

Charlie Jacobs took over as Bruins CEO in January. (Getty Images)The general manager has changed, the players have changed and the breakouts have changed.