Boston, MA --
Adam & Andy Arrive
| |As the Bruins prepare for Friday night’s game versus the Chicago Blackhawks, they have two new faces on the ice, defensemen Adam McQuaid and Andy Wozniewski (above), who were recalled from Providence on Wednesday on an emergency basis.
Both players had to rush to Boston after they got word of the move. “Oh it’s been really exciting, I just found out last night [Wednesday night] at five o’clock, so didn’t have a whole lot of time, but I called all my family and friends and gave them the news, they were pretty excited,” said McQuaid.
McQuaid and Wozniewski hope to make a smooth transition should they make the roster for Friday’s game.
“We pressure a lot more in Providence, kind of jumping outside the lines a little bit more and basically a little more pressure where Boston more plays back,” said the 29-year-old Wozniewski on the differences between the teams.
The 23-year-old McQuaid cites his years in Providence and his time at training camp as the reasons why he is familiar with so many of the players on the current B’s roster. But that doesn’t mean he won’t be busy preparing over the next 24 hours.
“It’s nice to be able to get a few practices in before the game, get comfortable with the guys and the speed,” said McQuaid. “I have to go over a little bit of video and kind of get my mind refreshed on what needs to be done, but for the most part I have a pretty good idea.”
Both former P-Bruins agree on the one thing they’ll need to be successful tomorrow night: confidence.
“I’m just basically going to carry out what I was doing in Providence, and come up here and play with some confidence,” said Wozniewski.
McQuaid agreed, saying he plans to “just try and fight the nerves and play with some confidence out there and take it all in.”
Last season, before an injury during the playoffs that cut his stellar first year short, former Michigan Wolverine and Providence Bruin defenseman Matt Hunwick proved himself in the NHL and earned a permanent spot on the Boston Bruins roster.
But this season has started off slow for the 24-year old blueliner and Hunwick has found himself watching from the pressbox over the last few games.
“I think you hope the little bit he’s missed has done him some good [and] that he’s going to come back hungry,” said Head Coach Claude Julien of Hunwick on Wednesday. “Watching the games from the top, he’s probably -- hopefully -- seen some things that will help his game get better too.
“We were really looking seriously at sliding him in there somewhere, because he is a good player anyways and it’s not like he was horrible.
“But he still hadn’t played up to his potential,” he said.
In 53 games played during the 2008-09 season, Hunwick tallied 6 goals and 21 assists for 27 points. He finished the season with a +15 ranking. This season, Hunwick has played in 29 games, earning 4-3-7 totals and a -3.
“We needed to somehow get his attention,” continued Julien. “[We] know what he can bring when he plays well, so to have him back I think is going to be good for him.
"I’m quite confident he’s going to respond well.”
Hunwick is looking forward to proving himself and making the plays he remembered from last season.
“I’m happy that [the coaches] expect so much out of me,” said Hunwick. “I obviously expect [a lot] out of myself and now I know where [my game] need[s] to get. It’s just a matter of bearing down a little bit at times and just going back out and having fun.”
“I’ll have a chance to play,” said the defenseman. “I’m just looking forward to getting back in there and showing them some of the stuff they saw last year.”
As for his possibly losing confidence in himself, Hunwick said, “At the time I didn’t feel it. I think obviously the Montreal game was tough, but before then I didn’t really feel like I had lost my confidence.
“Now sometimes it’s wavering when you’re sitting in the press box and you don’t really know when you’re getting in next.”
But Hunwick isn’t planning on giving up.
“I think there’s obviously times when you have to bear down,” he said. “I know we use the words ‘tough to play against,’ but I have to win my battles and I have to do the little things to be successful.
“But once that area of the game is taken care of then it’s time to have a little fun, make good plays with the puck, make smart plays and, like I said before, make simple plays. And I think you can really build off of that,” he continued.
“So there’s time to have fun and there’s a time to really bear down and be strong and I need to get back to doing that as well.”
Hunwick sees a chance to create some personal momentum.
“You just have to go out there and need to find a little bit of a rhythm,” he explained. “Especially in that first game that I get back, in the first period, as long as I can keep the game simple I can build [my] confidence slowly.
“And then [my game] will come back and hopefully be better than ever.”