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Rookie Camp Game 2 Recap: Boston Defeated by Tampa Bay 3-2 in OT

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

ANTIOCH, TN - The Bruins' rookies fell to Tampa Bay 3-2 in overtime on Sunday in their second game of the Nashville Predators Rookie Tournament at Ford Ice Center.

Center Ben Sexton gave Boston its first goal of the tournament to put the Black & Gold up 1-0 in the first period. After Sexton was kicked out of the faceoff, Matt Lindblad won the draw cleanly back to the forward, who quickly released a shot from the top of the circle. Lindblad called the play. It came on Boston's second shot of the game.

Sexton is entering his first full season as a pro. He finished up his fourth season with Clarkson University in 2013-14, before being signed to an entry-level contract in March and playing nine games with the Providence Bruins.

"He's come to camp in terrific shape," General Manager Peter Chiarelli said of the gritty two-way center, when he addressed media during the first intermission in Tennessee.

With the score knotted at 1-1 after the second period, Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the third. The goals came from Michael Aviani and Cody Kunyk.

Defenseman Frankie Simonelli - signed to an AHL deal with Providence - ripped in a shot past Tampa Bay goalie Kristers Gudlevskis from inside the blueline to tie it up 2-2 in the final frame, eventually sending the game to a seven-minute overtime period.

Brian Ferlin powered down the wing early in the extra frame and nearly made the cut towards the goal. After losing possession, he sped up ice on the backcheck, only to pick the puck up off a turnover and head back the other way on a breakaway. His legs were gone, though, and the defender caught him.

"He's the type of player that could play in the League and succeed," Chiarelli has said of Ferlin, who made the decision to leave Cornell following his junior year to turn pro this season. "He's big, he's strong, he protects the puck, he's fast, he travels in straight lines."

"He's a big, strong kid that has had success, and came out early for a reason."

Following the first four minutes, the overtime switched from 4-on-4 to 3-on-3, with Kodie Curran scoring the game-winner for the Lightning with 2:09 left. David Pastrnak went to strip the puck from Jonathan Drouin, but Drouin took the puck to his backhand and set up Curran.

Pastrnak immediately knew it was his miscue.

"It was my fault, and I'm sorry for the guys," he said postgame. “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. And today it didn't, and it was my mistake. At this time of the game, I have to go for the body, and I don't have to go for the stick."

It was a teaching moment for Pastrnak, who, like all young players, is still working on his game away from the puck. He's playing center at the tournament out of necessity, but the extra defensive responsibility will help him get more comfortable before main camp, when he'll be on the wing.

"It's a good experience for every player here, and we have to just take the most experiences that we can," said Pastrnak. "We are still young, and we have to learn, and the faster you learn, then you can be ready for the NHL."

The rookies have a practice on Monday at the Ford Ice Center, before facing the Nashville rookies in their final game of the tournament on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. local/2:00 p.m. ET.

Quotes & Observations

-- When GM Peter Chiarelli spoke with reporters in Tennessee during the first intermission of the game, he highlighted who has stood out for him at rookie camp so far.

"I think the usual suspects," said Chiarelli. "I thought you saw a lot of good things from Pastrnak, I thought you saw a lot of good things from Ferlin. I thought Arnesson played a strong game, I think Sexton had a gritty game."

"[In the first game,] I thought Pastrnak made a play every time he was on the ice, and then he made some risky plays and he made some risky plays [in the second game] so he's learning."

"I think Arnesson is a very strong, steady - makes a real good first pass, sees the game really well and he's come to camp in a lot better shape than before too, so he's making progress."

-- Matt Lindblad is pushing for a spot on the big club this season. The versatile forward can play on the wing or at center, and excels at both. He got much stronger during the summer, and has already noticed a difference in his strength on faceoffs and battling in the corners. He's wearing the "C" during the tournament.

"He’s just a smart player," said Chiarelli. "With Matt, it’s about having the pace to play because his head is there and his hands are there. The versatility doesn’t go unnoticed. You’ve seen that we’ve liked players who can play a lot of different positions. He can do that, so he’s every bit in the mix as the rest of the guys I’ve mentioned."

-- Anthony Camara hasn't had the best start to rookie camp, but he's shaking off the rust from not having played since March. Camara missed the end of the regular season and the playoffs with Providence due to a concussion.

"He’s progressing," said Chiarelli. "He was one of the youngest players in the draft when we took him, so he’s — first year under his belt and he had some time away from the game due to the concussion last year. So he’s a good prospect, finding his way, happy where he is - still like to see more."

Game 2 Lineup vs. Tampa Bay

Anthony Camara - David Pastrnak - Seth Griffith
Matt Lindblad - Ben Sexton - Brian Ferlin
Andrew Ammon - Cory Kane - Alex Fallstrom
Mitchell Dempsey - Spencer Asuchak - Dawson Leedahl

Linus Arnesson - Chris Casto
Mike Young - Frankie Simonelli
Mickael Beauregard - Bryce Aneloski

Starter: Adam Morrison // Backup: Malcolm Subban

Scratches: Kevin Sullivan (F), Lee Moffie (D)

For a PDF of the 2014 Bruins Rookie Camp roster, click here.
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