The games were not originally scheduled for the Garden, but the young Bruins are excited to play on Causeway Street and think the Boston fans will add to their motivation to win.
“I think it’s a dream come true to play in an NHL rink like this. For sure," said winger Jordan Caron
. "It’s not a real game, but at least it will be a good crowd in Boston.
"It’s going to be a lot of fun,”
Coach Murray said yesterday that he is looking forward to seeing Caron’s speed, strength, and puck possession in a game.
“Yeah, for sure," said Caron of those traits. "It’s always been my strength.
"I need to play my game, and if I do that, I think, it’s going to help and hopefully get a spot on the team.”
Already feeling like a team, Jordan talked about how excited all of the new B's are to face the Islanders together after scrimmaging only against each other all week.
“I think we had a couple good practices…everybody’s getting ready," he said. "It’s going to be a lot of fun to be together.
“We have a good team here, so hopefully we’re going to have two good games.”
Rookie Center Maxime Sauve agreed with Caron and said that playing in the Bruin’s arena will be different.
|Sauve (photo: Alan Sullivan) |
“Playing in Boston isn’t the same as in Providence," said Sauve, who had a "cup of coffee" with the P-Bruins at the end of last season. "You're [in Boston] playing for the Bruins.
"It’s a big difference between AHL and NHL.”
Asked about his injury-shortened 2009-10 season, Max said he is at 100%.
“Yeah, [in Providence], I was not 100%, but now…I feel 100%," he said. "I feel great on the ice. I have no problems with it now.”
Just 20 years old, Sauve said he wants to “work to get stronger and to improve his work ethic” to score a spot with the Black & Gold, which already has a deep roster at Center.
In the meantime, however, Sauve's mother, father, and sister may be making the trip from Quebec to see today and tomorrow’s rookie games.
When asked if that could cause any extra nerves, Sauve said, “No, no, no…no pressure.
But then he added, "Maybe a little bit."
Calm and collected, Sauve and Caron agree: the B’s rookies are ready to take the ice against the Islanders tonight.
“We are prepared for the Islanders," said Sauve. "We’re ready.”---Taylor Walker