Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

On Wednesday, Adam McQuaid did something he hadn’€™t done since January: He played a hockey game.

McQuaid, who has battled injuries throughout his career, was limited to just 30 games last season by a quad injury. When it became clear that he wasn’€™t going to be better to play at any point in the postseason, the team opted for him to have ankle surgery to correct another area that had been bothering him.

‘€œIt’€™s been a while,’€ McQuaid said after the game. ‘€œIt definitely felt good to be out there and to be part of a win again. At times I felt pretty good; other times there was a little bit of rust here and there. I’€™m just trying to keep building on things and pushing forward.’€

McQuaid spent the game on a pairing with Matt Bartkowski. The 27-year-old didn’€™t fight in the game, but he definitely played the physical style that helped him earn a job in Boston during the team’€™s Stanley Cup-winning 2010-11 season.

‘€œI think he came out and tried to make a statement there that he’€™s ready to play, and he wants to be here,’€ Claude Julien said. ‘€œI thought he played a real strong game. I gave him high marks for his first game back, and how well he played for his first game back.’€

McQuaid said during informal practices earlier this month that he was healthy, but that the biggest adjustment as he returned was going to be the game speed. He said he found that to be the case Wednesday.

‘€œIt’€™s a fast game and if you’€™re not making decisions quick enough, you’€™re going to get yourself into trouble,’€ he said. ‘€œI did that a few times, just not making decisions quick enough and moving the puck quick enough.’€

Fortunately for McQuaid, any mistakes, including a turnover in front of the Bruins goal that led to a scoring chance on which the Capitals hit the post in the third period, won’€™t harm the B’€™s in the preseason. The priority is being healthy and feeling healthy, and McQuaid said the ankle feeling good made a difference.

‘€œQuite a bit,’€ he said. ‘€œIt had been a while, so I didn’€™t realize how much it was bothering me until I was able to get it taken care of and still continuing to see it improve. It definitely feels a lot better.’€

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Claude Julien has given more than a couple of’€… let’€™s say “€œmotivational”€ quotes about Ryan Spooner the last couple of days, as the Bruins coach has answered questions about the 2010

Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner

Claude Julien has given more than a couple of’€… let’€™s say “€œmotivational”€ quotes about Ryan Spooner the last couple of days, as the Bruins coach has answered questions about the 2010 second-round pick with some rather blunt responses.

So after Wednesday’€™s game, Spooner was asked straight-up: Does he think his coach is trying to motivate him with his public comments?

“Yeah,” Spooner said. “At the end of the day I think he just wants me to be a more all-around player. It’€™s something that I’€™ve been trying to improve on, so I’€™m just going to forward with it like that.”

Here’€™s what Julien said Tuesday when asked about Spooner knowing he was blocked on the depth chart in training camp last year:

“Maybe that’€™s why he didn’€™t make it, if he thought he didn’€™t have a chance. We give everybody a chance that deserves to be here. I think it’€™s important that he keeps an open mind.

“As always, if he’€™s that good, we’€™ll make room for him. We’€™ve always done that in the past. I don’€™t think we’€™ve ever let guys rot in the minors when they deserve to be here. That applies to him; it’€™s up to him again to come in here in these preseason games and show that he’€™s an improved player and that he belongs on this hockey club.”

Then, after Spooner scored a goal and was on the ice for two against the Canadiens, Julien said this, per the Boston Globe:

“We love his game offensively. At the same time, you can score one goal, but if you give up two, you’€™re not helping your team. We need commitment from that part of his game. He said he’€™s going to work hard at it. But it’€™s a good start for him. The goal he scored was one we’€™ve asked him to do ‘€” take pucks to the net. That’€™s a step in the right direction for him.”

On Wednesday, Julien was asked about forwards playing defense in his system and said the following:

“Everybody has strengths and you want them to utilize them, but at the same time at the NHL level you have to be able to be reliable. So we’€™re not asking certain guys to be physical if they’€™re not. We’€™re not asking them to slide and block shots if that’€™s not what they do.

“But we ask them to be reliable, because if you’€™re not, as I mentioned (Tuesday), you can give us some great opportunities up front and score goals, but if you give up more chances against than you create then you’€™re not helping the team. In the long run, you don’€™t win championships that way.

“When it comes to defensive play, it’€™s called commitment and that’€™s all it is. You don’€™t ask, necessarily, for skill when it comes to playing defense. It’€™s a commitment. Are you going to backcheck hard or are you going to work hard to have your man? Are you going to battle to get the puck and get it out?

“I don’€™t think it has a lot to do with skill. It has a lot to do with commitment. In order to win championships, you need commitment.”

Asked Wednesday whether Julien was saying the same things to him directly as he was saying to the media, Spooner said the conversation has been the same.

“Yeah,”€ he said. “[Defense] is something I haven’€™t really had to kind of focus on, but at this stage of my career, it’€™s something that’€™s going to keep me here. I have to focus on that and just go with it.”

Spooner played 23 games for the Bruins last season, scoring no goals and registering 11 assists. He is currently competing for the fourth-line center role with Alexander Khokhlachev and Gregory Campbell, the latter of whom has not practiced thus far in training camp due to a core injury.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins beat the Capitals, 2-0, in their second game of the preseason Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Zdeno Chara scored on the doorstep during a third-period power play to finally break a scoreless tie. The power play came as a result of a boarding penalty on John Erskine for shoving Jared Knight into the boards head-first. Knight stayed in the game.

The B’s also got an empty-netter from Simon Gagne in the final seconds of the game.

Tuukka Rask played the first two periods, stopping all 14 shots he saw. Jeremy Smith, who was signed in the offseason to back up Malcolm Subban in Providence, turned in a scoreless third period, including the play of the game in which he came across his net to rob Andre Burakovsky with a glove save.

The lines for the game were:

Marchand – Bergeron – Griffith
Gagne – Khokhlachev – Leino
Florek – Kearns – Knight
Lindblad – Spooner – Fallstrom

Chara – Hamilton
Bartkowski – McQuaid
Breen – Trotman

Rask
Smith

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins will play their second preseason game Wednesday when they host the Capitals at the Garden.

The Bruins will play their second preseason game Wednesday when they host the Capitals at the Garden.

Ryan Spooner and Simon Gagne are the only two players in the lineup who also played Tuesday in Montreal. Spooner had a goal in that game but received a mixed review from Claude Julien because of his defensive play.

The roster for the game is as follows:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Alex Fallstrom, Justin Florek, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Bracken Kearns, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jared Knight, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Chris Breen, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith

David Pastrnak (shoulder), Gregory Campbell (core) and Linus Arnesson (groin) continue to remain out for the Bruins, while Anthony Camara also missed practice. Arnesson began skating again this week.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-2, in the teams’€™ preseason opening game Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

The Bruins jumped out to a two-goal lead on goals from Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser, but three unanswered goals from Jiri Sekac, Christian Thomas and Drayson Bowman gave Montreal the victory.

The Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-2, in the teams’€™ preseason opening game Tuesday at the Bell Centre.

The Bruins jumped out to a two-goal lead on goals from Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser, but three unanswered goals from Jiri Sekac, Christian Thomas and Drayson Bowman gave Montreal the victory.

Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban both played net for the Bruins, with Svedberg making 16 saves on 18 shots over two periods and Subban stopping nine of 10 shots in the third.

The Bruins will host the Capitals Wednesday at TD Garden in the second game of their seven-game preseason schedule.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

Ryan Spooner has zero goals in 27 career NHL games. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)This summer, Ryan Spooner shot the puck. On Tuesday, he scored. 



Neither David Pastrnak (bruised shoulder) nor Gregory Campbell (core) practiced Tuesday, and both will miss Tuesday night’€™s preseason game against the Canadiens. Linus Arnesson (groin) skated on his own Monday and is getting closer to rejoining practices.

Campbell has yet to participate in training camp practices.

“He’€™s getting better every day is what I’€™ve been told. He hasn’€™t skated yet, but he’€™s really feeling optimistic,’€ Claude Julien said before the team left for Montreal Tuesday. “From what I’€™m being told by our trainers, he’€™s getting closer and closer.”

Pastrnak left the first of two sessions Saturday with after getting hit into the boards. He has not taken the ice since.

The 2014 first-round pick spent his only full day of camp, Friday, on a line with David Krejci.

“Pastrnak is still day-to-day. He’€™s feeling better all the time as well,”€ Julien said. “€œI would put [him and Campbell] in the same boat,’€ he said. ‘€œTrainers haven’€™t told me that they’€™re ready to practice yet, but they’€™re getting close and that’€™s the report that I’€™m getting from our guys.”

Craig Cunningham, who was recently dealing with mono, joined training camp Tuesday.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean