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Evaluation Was the Goal

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- With four exhibition games down and just two remaining, the B's looked to hit their stride as they completed a two-game sweep of the Montreal Canadiens with a 2-1 win in the Bell Centre on Monday night.

However, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien sounded dissatisfied as he spoke to reporters as his club prepared to depart from Canada.

"At times it was good. At times I thought we turned a lot of pucks over...and there was some sloppy play I think," said Julien, thinking aloud. "Passes, decision making, and stuff like that."

However, Julien chose to re-focus on the real reason for the B's two-night, two-game roadie to Canada.

"Overall we’re here to evaluate individuals, our young guys especially," he said. "I guess the outcome of the games is not the biggest deal here."

As such, Julien had plenty of good things to say about his "young guys" and made a big deal about about the play of rookie forward Jordan Caron.

"He was playing well," said Julien of Caron. "I thought he did a great job.

"He obviously had a couple of good chances in the third period and was one of the guys that helped us get that first goal."

That first goal was scored by second-year forward Tyler Seguin who notched a pair during the club's Canadien swing.

"It was a power-play goal and our power-play seems to be clicking right now," said Seguin. "I think Caron, [David Krejci] and I were moving around well with [Matt Bartkowski] and [Johnny Boychuck] and had a couple good shots there and my goal was just really a rebound."

"It’s what I want to do," added Seguin of his offensive contributions during the exhibition schedule. "I know it’s preseason, but I don’t really want to have any bad habits.

"I want to make sure I get everything down now and keep creating good habits and get that touch [and] know you’re in full motion swing when the season starts next Thursday."

Julien said there are other youngsters who are showing signs of those good habits, including young defensemen like Bartkowsky and Steve Kampfer.

"They’re all trying to earn a spot here and they’re trying to at least show what they can do, too, and there were some good things we saw from individuals tonight," said Julien.

"To me, it was a good effort -- with maybe not always the greatest decisions on the ice -- but we found a way to win."


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