The preseason is getting more interesting by the day for the Boston Bruins. They beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, on Tuesday night and for the second straight night some of their young players had impressive games.
While I couldn’t make it to the Garden, I did watch the game on the stream provided by the team.
Here are takeaways on five players:
Czarnik was a standout, winning races all over the ice. As coach Bruce Cassidy alluded to after the game, the newcomers have gotten a lot of attention leading up to training camp and in the first few days, perhaps overshadowing some of the returnees. With a penalty-shot goal and pretty setup on Teddy Purcell’s score, Czarnik served notice that he is not going to be overlooked.
The Czech defenseman has a lot of tools, but he’s had trouble at times keeping his toolbox organized. He showed off his offensive game by making a beautiful play to set up a Ryan Fitzgerald goal, and he had a couple of missteps, too. At the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, I was impressed by the fact that he owned up to playing poorly in the opening game and then rebounded with a strong game. I expect him to be an interesting player to watch in Providence this season.
No points to show for it, but I thought DeBrusk played well with linemates David Krejci and David Pastrnak on Tuesday. As he showed in Providence last season, he’s a 200-foot player who can make plays as well as finish.
O’Gara was very good, logging a team-high ice time of 24:44 (partly out of necessity after Torey Krug took a puck in the mouth and the Bruins were left with five defensemen). He moved the puck with confidence and was physical when he needed to be.
He scored a goal and was hard on the puck. Not the fastest or the biggest player, but he’s smart and he competes. Another player to watch in Providence.