Boston, MA -- The B's youngest players, including Max Sauve
, acquited themselves very well in Boston's first exhibition game and Bruins head coach Claude Julien talked about their performances on Wednesday morning.
“I think we saw a lot of good things from everybody [including] some of our youngsters,” said Julien before flying to Toronto for the second exhibition game in Toronto versus the Maple Leafs.
Rookie Max Sauve
, who played in his first Bruins game Tuesday night, scored the game winning goal at 8:13 of third period thanks to helpers by Johnny Boychuk
and Milan Lucic
His goal propelled the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in Madison Square Garden.
“Obviously, Max Sauve
scored the winning goal, but more than that, I thought he really probably surpassed a little bit what we expected of him. I thought he played well,” said Julien before dishing out complements to five more players.
“He [Max Sauve
] really got his nose dirty and involved and grinded it out along the boards… and the goal he scored is typical of Sauve’s skill set. [His] faceoffs were good, he was our best faceoff man last night – so it was good to see and hopefully he builds confidence with our kit.”
Julien went around the locker room.
“Tuukka [Rask] was extremely good in net," added Julien. “[Brad] Marchand was very good last night.
made some great plays and obviously had some good players to play with, so [he] continued [to play] the way he started at the rookie camp.
“So there were a lot of guys, the [Jeff] Penner’s, the [Andy] Bodnarchuk’s – you can see they’ve got a year of pro under their belt and they were able to handle the pressure of the forecheck a lot better.”Jamie Arniel
also caught Julien's attention.
"I thought he was good. He’s gritty, he’s a smart player, [and] he makes good play," he said.. "You’ll get a change tonight to see him at center instead of the wing this time and that’s where him and Vladdy [Vladimir Sobotka] will be switching spots.
"But when I saw him in Kitchener, [he] was a real solid two-way player. He was strong on the puck, he took pucks to the net, he made strong plays, he was good on faceoffs, so he did a lot of good things in Kitchener that really impressed me and I think with time and with experience this guy is only going to get better."