BOSTON - Sunday marked the third day of practices for Bruins Training Camp, presented by AT&T, with two groups hitting the ice at Warrior Ice Arena.
Players now have their sights set on finally getting into game action after a long offseason.
"It's been five months without a game, so we're ready," said Matt Beleskey. It's time to go and it's exciting once these games get going."
The puck officially drops on the Bruins' preseason on Monday night, when those who get the nod to don the Spoked-B will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden.
While the roster for the game has not yet been announced, both groups went through the same preparations during their respective skates.
"We've broken it down into offensive zone, defensive zone, and today we worked on tracking and how we're going to change that," said Spooner. "So we're trying to work on that and I think it's going to be great."
Throughout the first three days on the ice at camp, Assistant Coaches Joe Sacco, Bruce Cassidy and Jay Pandolfo have been running the B's though their paces, along with Providence Bruins Head Coach Kevin Dean and Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa.
Each day has been focused on keeping the pace up, with heavy emphasis on a quick transition game and puck support all over the ice.
The coaches, along with Head Coach Claude Julien, made all preparations for training camp prior to him heading to Toronto for the World Cup of Hockey, and all appears to be going according to plan.
"It's been really good; we sat down with Claude a couple of weeks ago to go through our every day, what we wanted to accomplish and every day, we took something different that we wanted to implement," said Pandolfo. "And it's gone really well."
"I want us to be a real good, smart team this year - our goal is to play fast," Julien said on Thursday, when he came back to Boston for the opening of camp, prior to heading back to Toronto. "Every coach is going to tell you that in this league, this is where it is right now. We want to play fast. That doesn't mean speed; it means playing fast. The puck's got to move faster, transition has to be fast. So, we want to play fast."
"We think with some of those younger players coming in and some of those tweaks we're going to make in our game is going to allow us to play fast," Julien continued. "This is why this training camp is extremely important. This is why I spent a lot of time with my coaches this summer. We went through a bunch of things to make sure when we teach these first few days, it's going to be clear, it's going to be precise, and it's going to allow them to excel."
"And again, when I say clear and precise, it's not making them robotic. It's just means we're going to try and eliminate the gray areas that we can play freely and have some good legs and be able to play fast."
Julien will be receiving and reviewing the preseason game footage, so there's no doubt he'll be dialed in to see how the training camp practices play out on the ice.
Sept. 25 - Group A Lines and Defense Pairings
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Spooner - Peter Mueller
Peter Cehlarik - Dominic Moore - Riley Nash
Jesse Gabrielle - Colby Cave - Brian Ferlin
A.J. White - Mark Naclerio - Justin Hickman
Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid
John-Michael Liles - Brandon Carlo
Joe Morrow - Chris Casto
Torey Krug - Alex Roach
Goalies: Anton Khudobin, Zane McIntyre
Sept. 25 - Group B Lines and Defense Pairings
Danton Heinen - David Krejci - Zach Senyshyn
Jake DeBrusk - Austin Czarnik - Jimmy Hayes
Colton Hargrove - Noel Acciari - Seth Griffith
Anton Blidh - Sean Kuraly - Tyler Randell
Jakub Zboril - Kevan Miller
Tommy Cross - Colin Miller
Jeremy Lauzon - Rob O'Gara
Linus Arnesson - Alex Grant
Goalies: Malcolm Subban, Dan Vladar
Boston Bruins Training Camp is presented by AT&T.