Notes: B's Sweeney high on Tardiff, Hennessy


Notes: B's Sweeney high on Tardiff, Hennessy

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
WILMINGTON -- The Bruins signed depth players for the organization within the last week, and Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney went into a bit of depth about both the gritty Jamie Tardif and the skilled Josh Hennessy.

Jamie Tardif I wouldnt have seen quite as much," Sweeney said. "Sometimes the other conference I dont get to see quite as much. Josh Hennessy I saw a little bit. Our pro scouts and our amateur scouts, were in direct contact when we go to make those decisions. Ill also tap into resources of coaches and people who have coached these kids on a two-fold level. One for a character level and one from a playing level and to see how theyre going to fit into our group. It is so vitally important as Ive obviously pointed out. Ive made some mistakes in that regard in terms of some of the kids coming in where they might not be the best fit for where they are and what we need.

So you need to make sure you do that and these guys are going to want to play. Jamie Tardif is a kid that will push for a spot and Josh Hennessy is a real skilled guy who decided to go overseas. But these guys are going to be competing not unlike Trent Whitfield and thats what you love to see out of guys like that.

Sweeney indicated that hes been in discussions with several agents about potential locking down some of the unsigned draft picks taking part in the Bruins development camp and said there may be a few deals during or after the camp has finished up with Day 5 on Monday.

"Weve been speaking to a number of them, yeah, said Sweeney. The timing of it, be it in the middle of this or coming out of this, Ill be speaking to a number of the agents to go down that path very shortly.

Bs tough guy draft pick Anthony Camara scored a goal during Sunday mornings scrimmage and also managed to succeed again during the shootout portion of the practice. The offensive outburst prompted Sweeney to say that the third rounder is a lot more than just a simple fighterbottom six forward.

Hes been working at it, he knows it, and he wants to get better at it," Sweeney said. Then when the pucks dropped, you realize that this kid has a skill set that is probably better than what some people think it was because of the toughness. I mean, sometimes those guys get pigeonholed and theres no reason for Anthony to get pigeonholed at all.

He showed he can play today and hes physical and then hes going to stick up for his teammates as well. So, I like that flavor.

Camp invitee and Foxboro native Eric Robinson had departed Bruins development camp on Sunday when, according to Sweeney, he had a prior commitment to attend another hockey camp. So Robinson was finished at Bs development camp after the first three days.

Harvard University hockey player and Sweden native Alex Fallstrom said that he was so locked into the Bs Stanley Cup run that he was staying up to watch the Cup Final games live when he was back home in Stockholm. Fallstrom said he would go to bed early, and then get up at 2 a.m. in Sweden to catch the games live before going back to bed and catching some more winks.

It was so exciting that I had to get up and watch it, Fallstrom said. Being at Harvard it was so easy to watch a lot of the games during the season and the early playoffs, and I wanted to watch the rest of it by the time they got to the Finals.

Claude Julien was among the Bs contingent that took in the first scrimmage at development camp between the groups of players. The Baby Bs are expected to throw on another scrimmage for Mondays final practice session before the players scatter to the four corners of the hockey world.

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Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"


Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game.