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Exhibition #7: Bruins @ Senators

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
6:41 p.m.

Join me on the live blog.

6:39 p.m.
The Bruins lines are:

6:19 p.m.
According to the Senators lines are:

5:42 p.m.

The B's are in Scotiabank Place and are gearing up for tonight's exhibition against the Senators. I don't have confirmation on the final roster yet.

3:57 p.m.
Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart was one of the B's big heroes on Thursday night, particularly when he tiptoed through the slot and beat the Montreal goalie to tie the game at 1:37 of the third period.

Per usual, however, Stuart had did not have much to say about his own accomplishment.

"I don't know, I just kept the puck in and it went around the net to [Michael Ryder]," said Stuart. "He had a pretty good handle on it, so I figured I could keep going to the net and he made a nice pass."

It was a nice pass, but it was also a nice shot, too. But, true to form, Stuart talked about the Bruins effort for a lot longer than he did his own.

"I thought we got better as the game went on," he said. "We were a little bit sloppy in the first period and I thought we battled and competed than we did in some of the previous games.

"So it's good, I think we're improving with every game, but I think we still have some stuff to take care of.

"We have two more games left to take up the intensity level even more," he said.

2:09 p.m.
Hams has been the Man

"He's worked hard to get stronger as a player and as an individual," said B's head coach Claude Julien to answer the question: What has changed in Zach Hamill's game over the past year.

"Now his skills are starting to show a lot more because of that," he continued. "But also...he's gained some confidence.

"He feels more comfortable...and he's been able to showcase a little bit more. He started off in Kitchener with a real good rookie tournament.

"[In training camp] we've put him with players that allow him to showcase that kind of talent and that's really helped him as well," said Julien.

2:00 p.m.
Tim Thomas is in goal this evening for Boston.

11:55 a.m.
Actually, Rask and Sabourin are on the ice, so let's make the goalie TBA. I'll ask coach.

11:46 a.m.
There could be a few changes, but this is what I've gathered: Bitz, Boychuk, Chara, Fata, Hamill, Hunwick, Lefebvre, Lehtonen, LoVecchio, Lucic, MacDonald, Marchand, Morris, Rask Savard, Sobotka, Thomas, Thornton, Whitfield and Wozniewski.

11:33 a.m.
The B's are hitting the ice as we speak. I'll try and get a lineup soon.

9:53 a.m.
Pregame skate is at 11:30 a.m. I do not know if it is open to the public.

9:42 a.m.

"I've got Zee pegged for [Friday]," said Claude Julien of Zdeno Chara on Thursday afternoon. "He felt pretty good and he's going to skate again [Friday morning] and if everything goes great he'll play."

Judging by his interview with on Thursday, that would be just fine with the Bruins captain.

"Yeah, guys are working hard," said Chara. "We all want to work hard on our form and make sure we're smart about.

"We all realize that this is preparation and we have to combine hard work with focus and smart decision making on the ice."

Chara did not seem to be in a hurry to rush through training camp or the exhibition games.

"You can look at it both ways," he said. "You can look at it [like] let’s get them over with or you can …[approach] them as a regular season games and get ready for the season.

"So I hope that’s the approach we are going to choose and really play the part because otherwise there is no point to play in them."

9:23 a.m.
Andrew Ference is a tough player who has played through a lot of pain in his career. Even so, the defenseman took the summer to get some much needed repairs and rest and give himself time to recuperate.

Now he'sin the full swing of training camp and exhibition play.

“Practice is good, but you can only get so much of the game element,” said Ference recently. “You can’t get too physical [at practice] so you can’t get the quick reaction that you have to in a game.

“And games are just fun,” he added.

Tuesday night he played in his first preseason exhibition game versus Columbus in a 6-5 shootout loss. Although the team lost, Ference was able to earn his first points of the preseason with great pass from Patrice Bergeron for a power play goal and an assist.

“Bergy, he’s a great passer. I think we made eye contact when I was still on the blue line so I was pretty sure he was going to come to me and he’s got the patience to wait for me to get to the right spot,” said Ference.

“So I just kind of put my stick on the ice and he hit it perfectly.”

On Thursday Andrew played over 23-minutes for the B’s on the back line. However, even before the tilt with the Habs, the B’s defenseman remained cautious and wanted to take full advantage of the remaining exhibition docket.

“Once the season starts you don’t have the luxury of backing off for certain days, so training camp is kind of nice in that way [because] if there is some lingering stuff you can kind of back off and do the right thing so now is the time obviously to do that, but [my body] felt pretty good.”

“[It’s] nice to get into the game action and get the physical side of the game going.”

Dyan Lebourdais contributed to this blog.
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