ANTIOCH, TN - The Bruins rookies practiced on Monday morning at the Ford Ice Center, in preparation for their final game of the tournament on Tuesday against Nashville's rookies.
This year's setup gives the teams a beneficial day of rest and practice following back-to-back games, instead of three games in three days like last year's tournament in Florida.
Forward Brian Ferlin and defensemen Linus Arnesson both took maintenance days. A frustrated Anthony Camara had to leave the skate about a half hour early after catching a stick up high, and went to get stitches as a result.
It's been a tough start to camp for Camara, who is trying to shake off the rust from being out of competitive game action since March when he sustained a concussion with Providence.
David Pastrnak has also been victim to an errant stick this week, catching one up high during the first game against Florida. He was missing half of a front tooth afterwards. Seth Griffith has also needed mouth repairs during the tournament.
"We've had a couple guys already visit the dentist down here, so we don't need any more," Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney said with a smile following practice.
The puck drops for Boston's final game of the rookie tournament on Tuesday against the Predators at 1:00 p.m. local/2:00 p.m. ET. While the games are not live streamed, a postgame recap will be posted to BostonBruins.com.
The 2014 Bruins Rookie Camp presented by AT&T wraps up following the game. Some of the players will then continue on to Boston's main camp, while others will be returned to their junior or European teams.
Training camp officially opens in four days on September 18. For prospects like Matt Lindblad, gunning for a roster spot with Boston, his mind could easily shift to later in the week.
"I feel like I'm in terrific shape, I feel pretty good out there - at times, I lose a puck battle or two, but ultimately that's something that I'm really trying to focus on," said Lindblad, who is serving as captain for the tournament.
The forward is prepared for the jump in the level of competition, but for now, he's focusing his energy on his team finishing the rookie camp on a strong note.
"You know, we've got one more game tomorrow - and then gear up for the main camp. You can't look past tomorrow," said Lindblad. "Everyone's trying to showcase their talent and fighting for jobs, so we've got to be ready tomorrow."