The Bruins suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Friday night as they faced the Capitals in their second preseason meeting in three days.

Seth Griffith and Jordan Caron had two points apiece for Boston, with Caron assisting both of Griffith’€™s goals. The B’€™s also got scoring from Matt Fraser (his second power-play goal in as many games this preseason) and Matt Lindblad.

The Bruins suffered a 5-4 overtime loss Friday night as they faced the Capitals in their second preseason meeting in three days.

Seth Griffith and Jordan Caron had two points apiece for Boston, with Caron assisting both of Griffith’€™s goals. The B’€™s also got scoring from Matt Fraser (his second power-play goal in as many games this preseason) and Matt Lindblad.

The Capitals got two power play goals from Alexander Ovechkin, with their other regulation scoring coming from Michael Latta and Liam O’€™Brien. Troy Brouwer scored the game-winner in overtime.

Niklas Svedberg, who is expected to be Tuukka Rask‘€™s backup this season, played the entire game for Boston.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — Milan Lucic may be getting in his first game action of the preseason this weekend, as the Bruins listed him on the traveling roster for this weekends games against the Capitals and Red Wings.

WILMINGTON — Milan Lucic may be getting in his first game action of the preseason this weekend, as the Bruins listed him on the traveling roster for this weekends games against the Capitals and Red Wings.

Lucic, who is returning from offseason wrist surgery, has taken contact in practices but was kept out of the first two games of the preseason. David Pastrnak (shoulder) and Gregory Campbell (core) are not traveling and will miss both games. Anthony Camara, who is out with an undisclosed injury, is also not traveling.

The roster is as follows:

Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron, Craig Cunningham, Loui Eriksson, Alex Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Justin Florek, Matt Fraser, Simon Gagne, Seth Griffith, Bracken Kearns, Chris Kelly, Jared Knight, David Krejci, Ville Leino, Matt Lindblad, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Dan Paille, Tyler Randell, Bobby Robins, Ben Sexton, Carl Soderberg, Ryan Spooner.

Defensemen: Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, Chris Breen, Chris Casto, Zdeno Chara, Dougie Hamilton, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky.

Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith, Malcolm Subban, Niklas Svedberg

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DJ Bean

The Bruins announced their first round of cuts Thursday as they sent 10 players (seven of whom were in the NHL training camp) to Providence.

The Bruins announced their first round of cuts Thursday as they sent 10 players (seven of whom were in the NHL training camp) to Providence.

The players assigned to Providence were Andrew Ammon, Tommy Cross, Steve Eminger, Rob Flick, Cory Kane, Adam Morrison, Frankie Simonelli, Ethan Werek, Ben Youds, Mike Young. Of that group, only Cross must pass through waivers before he can be assigned.

Cross, Eminger, Flick, Kane, Simonelli, Werek and Youds had all been participating in the team’€™s training camp, which began last Friday.

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DJ Bean

Matt Fraser has a good chance of making the Bruins for good. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Matt Fraser’s shot is good enough that it probably could get him an NHL job on its own on many teams.



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.’€

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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.

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DJ Bean