Though there were a few bright spots for the Boston Bruins in their scrimmage against their AHL affiliate Providence Bruins, their 7-5 loss raised a few concerns. In case you missed it, here’s what you need to know.
- I would be very surprised if Jay Pandolfo is not offered a contract in the very near future. Pandolfo, playing with Providence’s squad, netted the first goal of the game and later assisted Max Sauve. The two-time Stanley Cup champion, BU alum, and Burlington, MA native has been skating in Boston for the past four months. Before the CBA was reached, he routinely practiced with Rask and Thornton to stay sharp. It is doubtful the B’s would string him along this far for nothing. But where would they put him?
- Dougie Hamilton had some visible jitters, but they should disappear quickly. At 6’5″, he’s a towering presence on the ice, and many have noted that Chara has been mentoring the 19-year-old. He’ll only improve as the season progresses. And as a redhead myself, it was nice to see a little representation on the Bruins bench.
- Providence F Bobby Robins dropped McQuaid with ease. Robins angered a few Bruins early on by taking a few extra stabs at the puck after Rask had frozen it. Chara stepped in and exchanged heated words with Robins. Later on, McQuaid retaliated to a hit from Lane MacDermid, and Robins stepped in. Even more concerning than the fact McQuaid is that . Hello, free agency.
- Goaltending is now top concern. Rask let up six goals to an AHL team – albeit a very good one – and Khudobin let up five to an NHL team. Many of these were soft goals. The Garden crowd was less than pleased with Rask’s .750 save percentage on the night, and Twitter was ablaze with Boston sports writers stoking the flames. Rask told the Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa, “I think it was sloppy throughout for all of us. We’d rather take it now than Saturday, right?”
- Chris Bourque, wearing number 48, had perhaps the best night of all, with one goal and two assists.
- Lucic looked lousy. Earlier this month, Darren Haynes of WHDH tweeted a picture of him kneeling, appearing winded.
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) January 7, 2013
But that’s not all.
#Bruins LW Milan Lucic a little annoyed during 3-on-3: Smashed stick off glass, fired it into bench.
— Mike Loftus (@loftusatledger) January 16, 2013
Milan Lucic not on ice for #Bruins practice; Jay Pandolfo skating in his place at LW w/David Krejci-Nathan Horton.
— Mike Loftus (@loftusatledger) January 17, 2013
Granted, Lucic missed Thursday’s practice for personal reasons, according to Coach Julien, most likely the birth of his child. Lucic stayed with his pregnant, newlywed wife throughout the lockout while an unparalleled number of his Bruins teammates played overseas and stayed sharp. And the result is evident – his game is sloppy. On the other hand, Marchand did not play through the lockout either, but he scored a beauty of a wrister from the left circle. Good for you, Marshmont.
What do you think? Did you attend the scrimmage Tuesday night? Leave a comment below.