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Bruins prospects Zboril, Senyshyn and McIntyre among camp cuts

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Bruins prospects Zboril, Senyshyn and McIntyre among camp cuts

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins had waited and gave a long look before making their first substantial cuts in training camp, but they have done that after Saturday’s mistake-filled preseason loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The timing clearly had more to do with the opening of Providence Bruins on Monday morning than a lifeless performance in the preseason, but it feels like for some players that their underperformance on Saturday led to them being cut from NHL camp.  Youngsters Anton Blidh, Colby Cave, Jesse Gabrielle, Justin Hickman, Zane McIntyre, Zach Senyshyn and Jakub Zboril have all been sent to P-Bruins camp for its start on Monday morning, and they’ll be joined by fellow camp participants Chris Breen, Connor Clifton, Taylor Doherty, Colton Hargrove and Chris Porter that were in Boston’s camp on minor league contracts. McIntyre gave up four goals in the loss to the Red Wings before getting pulled in favor of Malcolm Subban for the third period, and talented young first-round talents Senyshyn and Zboril both showed in camp that they still need some development time in the AHL.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy went through the performances of a number of young B’s prospects in camp following Sunday’s practice, and slightly ahead of Sunday night’s announcement of substantial training camp cuts.

“We were hoping that we’d see the [young guys] separate themselves in camp, and we’re seeing some of them doing that,” said Cassidy, with young B’s prospects like Anders Bjork, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen fitting into that category. “Let’s use [Saturday night’s] game as an example. [DeBrusk] is a young guy in that position and he had two or three good chances in tight and just part of that is finishing now. [Heinen] has had some pretty good games where he’s made some plays and scored. Bjork has been dynamic at times.  

“[Ryan Fitzgerald] has played well. [Gabrielle] has had his moments even though he lost his discipline a little bit the other night. JFK has been a tough one to evaluate being injured, so hopefully he’s ready to go later this week. We’re getting good mileage out of those guys, but we’re going to be playing against stronger lineups so the task gets a little more challenging. On the back end [Grzelcyk] has played in three games and he’s done some good things with puck-moving. He’s just trying to close quicker and do the things we’re asking him to do. [Robbie] O’Gara has been more consistent in his all-around game than maybe Zboril or [Jeremy] Lauzon where it’s all new to them. But we didn’t really expect those guys to come in on the back end and dominate. It’s about playing well, being consistent and getting better.”

Young B’s players like Grzelcyk, O’Gara and Lauzon are still hanging around in camp along with JFK as well, so their NHL audition continues as some of their peers get busy on their development in Providence starting this week. 

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Talking Points from the Bruins 6-5 win over the Sharks

Talking Points from the Bruins 6-5 win over the Sharks

Gold Star, Black Eye Quote to Note and more in Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 6-5 OT win over the Sharks in San Jose.

GOLD STAR: Charlie McAvoy is once again playing the hero as it was the Bruins second-year D-man that wound up and stepped into a shot in overtime to give the Bruins the win. McAvoy was also the guy that stepped up and scoring the game-winning goal at the end of the third period last weekend in Los Angeles as well, so he’s got game-winning goals in two straight games. McAvoy finished with the game-winning shot, a team-high seven registered hits and a pair of blocked shots in a big 24:58 of ice time while again playing like a No. 1 defenseman. McAvoy wasn’t a dominant force offensively throughout the game, but instead just stepped up and made the play with everything on the line.

BLACK EYE: Evander Kane finished a minus-2 for the game, had a horrendous change where he weakly skated off the ice leading to the 3-on-2 odd-man rush for the B’s game-winning goal in overtime and also did everything he could to avoid Kevan Miller pretty much all evening. He was a non-factor offensively in a game that featured 10 goals, but it was about the mistakes and the unwillingness to play a tough, gritty game against a Bruins team where he’s had plenty of battles over the years. Kane came up pretty weak all-around in this one and the Sharks ended up missing out on a valuable point as a result of it.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins very nearly lost both points in this game after making a lot of mistakes during regulation play. They also very nearly blew a 3-0 lead that they’d built up to start the game and got nothing for it. But Chris Wagner came down and attacked the net in the final couple minutes of the third period to knock home the rebound of a Brandon Carlo shot and that tied things up in the final moments of the third period. It appeared that it could have been called a high stick based on Wagner going high up in the air to swat the puck out of the net before throwing it past the goal line. But the goal was allowed to stand and ended up giving the B’s two points when they pulled it out in overtime.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jumbo Joe Thornton really turned back the clock and scored a pair of goals against his old Boston Bruins team in the first two periods, and then finished off the amazing performance with a hat trick by scoring in the third period as well. Thornton finished with the three goals and a plus-2 in 14:48 of ice time, had three shots on net and four takeaways while scoring all of his goals while paying the price around the front of the net. Thornton also lost 8-of-12 face-offs in a rough performance in that area, but does anybody really care when Jumbo scored three of San Jose’s five goals in a wild, wild night at the Shark Tank.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4-0-0 – the Bruins are now undefeated and scoring a ton of goals in the four games since David Pastrnak injured his left thumb and exited the B’s lineup.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Where to start? It has to be a full moon out there tonight, but it’s a good thing that we ended up on the right side of it.” –Bruce Cassidy to NESN about the wild proceedings that ended up in a 6-5 overtime win over the Sharks. 

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Did Bruins get robbed of a goal vs. Sharks? Replay suggests they did

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Did Bruins get robbed of a goal vs. Sharks? Replay suggests they did

The Boston Bruins came within a few centimeters of taking a first-period lead in Monday night's game against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center, and you could make a strong case a goal should have been awarded. 

Here's a closer look at the puck rolling around the goal line before Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic cleared the danger. It appears there is some ice between the puck and the line, which would indicate a goal. 

And here's a video replay:

Wow, that is really close.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy had a conversation with one of the referees, but nothing good resulted from it for Boston.

Luckily for the Bruins, defenseman Torey Krug opened the scoring later in the period. Zdeno Chara doubled Boston's lead to 2-0 with a goal of his own soon after. Karson Kuhlman would later put the Bruins up 3-0 with his first career NHL goal, but former Bruin Joe Thornton put the Sharks on the board with 2.7 seconds left in the first period, trimming Boston's lead to 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

The Bruins entered Monday with a 10-game point streak and a five-game win streak. 

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