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.