Not-so-deep thoughts on preseason opener

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A pair of Providence College grads, Tim Schaller (59) and Noel Acciari (55), celebrate Schaller’s shorthanded goal in the second period in Quebec City on Monday night. (Canadian Press Photo)

While working at the Projo on Monday night, I was able to watch a healthy chunk of the Boston-Montreal preseason opener from Quebec City on the French-language RDS feed (stick tap to my friend Jeff Scharver for the head’s up).

It was a solid game for youngsters and veterans alike as, after falling behind 0-2, the Bruins ralled for a 3-2 win. Tim Schaller’s nifty shorthanded snipe was the winner.

Here are takeaways on five players:

ANDERS BJORK: The former Notre Dame winger continued to impress, scoring a power play goal and being selected as the No. 1 star. With each of the three games he’s played, starting with the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, he has looked more comfortable. His offensive instincts jump out at you.

RYAN SPOONER: This is a big year for Spooner and last night he got off to a good start, centering a line with Bjork and Matt Beleskey. Playing against his former coach, Claude Julien, Spooner flashed his speed and puck-handling ability, particularly on the power play. He’s going to need to keep it up.

COLBY CAVE: I’m a fan of the smart, two-way center, who is heading into his third season as a pro, and I believe he will play games in the NHL at some point this season. Last night he was around the puck a lot. He and linemates Schaller and Zach Senyshyn had some good possession shifts in the Montreal end.

MALCOLM SUBBAN: He let in the only two goals from point-blank range – the second bounced in off a shin pad —  but I can’t blame him for either of them. I like the way he kept his cool in spite of a tough break.

JESSE GABRIELLE: Coming off a strong showing in Buffalo, he went to the front of the net and scored Boston’s first goal off a perfect Riley Nash pass. I’m getting the feeling that he’s going to make it very hard for management to send him to Providence.

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