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Cave called up to B's, the question is for whom?

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Cave called up to B's, the question is for whom?

TAMPA – The Bruins finally had to dip down into the AHL for some reinforcements ahead of a couple of big road games in Florida, and the million dollar question is what exactly prompted the need for another healthy body for the Black and Gold?

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The Bruins recalled center Colby Cave in an emergency basis on Monday ahead of Tuesday night’s tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in what should be a pivotal game for the Atlantic Division title. The 22-year-old Cave has 68 games played with Providence this season, and has recorded 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points with 25 penalty minutes this season for the P-Bruins in addition to his one-game appearance for Boston. 

The real point of interest, however, is what’s behind Cave getting called up ahead of the two games against the Lightning and Florida. It could be that one of a number of different things potentially impacting the 12 forwards that suited up against the Flyers on Sunday, whether it’s Tommy Wingels that played sparingly in the second half of the game perhaps due to injury, or David Krejci as he’s clearly been playing with a lower body issue that’s caused him to miss some shifts in the last couple of Bruins games.

Or it might also have something to do with the health of Patrice Bergeron, who oddly wasn’t available to talk to reporters after Sunday’s overtime loss to the Flyers despite scoring the last-minute third period goal that sent things to the extra session. It’s unusual for Bergeron not to speak in that situation, and honestly aroused some suspicion as to whether it might be injury-related so closely to No. 37 returning to the lineup from a fractured right foot. 

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Bergeron did have a fairly violent collision with David Pastrnak early in the game where he slammed his stick against the boards as he was skating back to the Boston bench, but he appeared healthy while playing 22:28 of ice time and scoring the clutch third period goal for Boston. 

It might be that the Bruins wanted to get another center option for the lineup with Riley Nash sidelined after catching a puck in the side of the head that caused a wound needing 40 plus stitches to fix up in last weekend’s win over the Panthers. But there would have to be an injury or illness to one of the current 12 forwards in the Bruins lineup to make an emergency recall possible with the P-Bruins, so it will be interesting to what players are able to take the ice for Tuesday morning’s pregame skate in Tampa Bay.

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Bruins wowed by scrimmage turnout: "Not many other cities where that would happen"

Bruins wowed by scrimmage turnout: "Not many other cities where that would happen"

BOSTON – The final score didn’t matter, and truth be told the identities of the goal-scorers and the assist-makers didn’t really matter all that much either.

The only things that really mattered during Thursday night’s Intra-squad scrimmage at TD Garden were that all the Bruins players got out of the exercise healthy (they did after a brief scare with Brad Marchand), and that an amazing 16,000 plus Bruins fans filtered through the gates as paying customers to watch a glorified night practice.

Certainly it was a good night for David Pastrnak scoring a couple of goals, and David Backes kicked in a couple of scores of his own. It was a little less than stellar for Tuukka Rask giving up a couple of goals in his 25 minutes of work, and David Krejci never even made it on the ice after running a fever earlier in the day on Thursday.

But the biggest winners of all were the Bruins fans that got to see their Bruins for a $20 fee going to the Bruins Foundation, and showed exactly the kind of support that the Black and Gold get from their hardcore fan base.

“I thought it was great to be back in front of our home crowd. They had good energy. I think the guys fed off that a little bit. It’s nice to be appreciated I guess or cheered on in these circumstances, but we’re trying to get our work done. That was the message. We can’t get out there and have it like a summer hockey league game,” said Bruce Cassidy. “You’re going to make some plays but try to stay detailed as best you can.

“Sometimes in these environments, you want to do a little more, so we got a little bit of both, but we got our work done. Thanks to the fans for coming out. Supports a good cause and got to see some decent players playing, getting ready to go into the Final, so it’s a win-win.”

It showed just how hungry Bruins fans are for the Stanley Cup, and just how frenzied the following is with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final scheduled for Monday night against the St. Louis Blues at the Garden. Bruins President Cam Neely saluted the fans ahead of the two-quarter scrimmage on Thursday night, and B’s leaders Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron addressed the crown after the two teams produced eight goals during the game rehearsal.

It all added up to an impromptu love-fest with a Bruins team that’s exceeded expectations and hopes this season, and could bring a second Stanley Cup back to Boston in the last eight years. All of that good mojo was apparent to the Bruins players as they talked it about after scrimmaging for 50 minutes in front of a packed house.

“I was saying to my dad or somebody that I hope [the fans] remember that we still have one more series to go. They showed up and it was great. Not many other cities around the league where that would happen,” said Torey Krug. “It was fun to get out there and extremely beneficial for us to get out there in some game-type situations.

“We have the type of locker room that gives 100 percent all the time whether it’s a practice or a game, and that’s what we tried to do tonight. Looking up and seeing the upper bowl was pretty full, that’s pretty special.”  

Some will say that the game day simulation with the night scrimmage was odd, or that it didn’t really make much of a difference with the 10 days off between the Eastern Conference Final and Stanley Cup Final. Certainly those both might be true, but the B’s had to try something to keep too much rust from gathering on their game prior to puck drop on Monday night against the St. Louis Blues.

Now all that’s left is to count down the days until the Cup Final begins in earnest on Monday evening, and the fans really get a treat with the Bruins and Blues facing off after Thursday night’s scrimmage appetizer at the Garden. 

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Breakfast Podcast, May 23, 2019: Bruins play Intra-team scrimmage 3 days before Stanley Cup Final

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Breakfast Podcast, May 23, 2019: Bruins play Intra-team scrimmage 3 days before Stanley Cup Final

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01:35: DJ Bean, Michael Holley, and Danielle Trotta react to Bruins decision to have intra-squad scrimmage three days before the start of the Stanley Cup Final. Although no one was injured, there was a close call in Brad Marchand.

05:25: Kyrie Irving was named 2nd-Team All-NBA, Chris Forsberg joins DJ Bean and Danielle Trotta to react. Was he named correctly? And Dan Gilbert comments on Kyrie Irving trade saying, “We killed it.”

09:50: After Bruce Cassidy commented on Patrice Bergeron’s legacy as a Boston athlete, Michael Holley and Rich Keefe rank the top ten most beloved Boston Athletes. 

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