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5-0 Shutout of Jets Caps off Bruins' Preseason - Boston Bruins - Blog

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN - With a 5-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night at Credit Union Centre, the Bruins head into the regular season with a clean slate, but with the confidence of a 6-1 record.

"Our team has obviously responded in these preseason games; I think, overall, we’ve played decent."

- Bruins head coach Claude Julien

Read the full recap and blog post here.

Pregame in Winnipeg: Players Get Their Final Chances to Impress

WINNIPEG, MB - When those in the spoked-B hit the ice for their pregame skate on Thursday morning at the MTS Centre, the players represented those in tonight’s lineup against the Jets. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET (6:30 local) and is being aired on NHL Network in the U.S. (TSN in Canada).
Read the full pregame update, with projected lineup, by clicking here or the link above.

Pregame in Winnipeg: Krejci “Doing Better,” Spooner Gets Call

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WINNIPEG, MB
- The Bruins hit the ice today around 11:30 local time at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg for pregame skate prior to tonight’s match-up against the Jets.

Though, they had to wait a few extra minutes before the Zamboni finished clearing, and some B’s took to hanging out with legs dangling over the bench, while Nathan Horton took aim at a spot on the boards across the blueline, Tyler Seguin stickhandled and Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara had an in-depth discussion on the bench.

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Once the skate started - without David Krejci taking the ice - 13 forwards and seven defensemen, along with Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin, took line rushes.

Ryan Spooner, who was recalled on an emergency basis Monday, joined the team and took rushes centering Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. A remarkable opportunity for the young centerman in Krejci’s absence, while the other lines stayed intact.

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Following the skate, Coach Julien gave an update on Krejci, saying that he was “doing better, and that’s a good sign.”

Coach also said Krejci had been biking, so “things are looking better,” but did say that the center will not play tonight. In his place, Ryan Spooner will get the biggest opportunity he’s had thus far in his career, with the second NHL call-up.

"This is something that we’re giving him the opportunity, being a real good centerman, to play with some good players," said Coach Julien postskate. "He’s a great playmaker, so I think it’s a great opportunity for Spoons to take and see where he goes with that. If it doesn’t’ work out we can always make some changes, but we’ve seen him play enough that he can probably be a good fit there."

"Again, he just has to go out there – we told him just to play his game. Like I said, I’ve see him play enough, they play a very similar system down there [in Providence], so it’s not like he’s going into uncharted waters."

"He knows exactly what we expect of him, it’s his second call up, so just give him little tips there at the end on his faceoffs, everything else trying to help him out."

-Caryn Switaj ^CS

Krejci Day-to-Day

WINNIPEG, MB - In the third period of Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh, Bruins center David Krejci was attended to on the ice and did not return to the bench. There was no immediate update on his condition following the game, but he traveled to Winnipeg with the team, so that was a positive.

On Monday at the MTS IcePlex in Winnipeg, where about half the Bruins skated for practice (Krejci one of the nine B’s who did not skate), Coach Julien told media that Krejci “came in for treatment and he’s day-to-day.”

Read the full update by clicking here or on the link above.

Portage and Main

Winnipeg, MB - Is Portage and Main really the “coldest and windiest intersection in Canada?”

A few days ago when we were in Buffalo, B’s Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis was telling me on the bus ride about Winnipeg and the weather… Having never been here before, I hadn’t known too much about the city.

And what peaked my interest the most was when he told me that the crossroads of Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg were often considered the coldest corner in Canada. I thought, “I wonder what makes this so….”

So, when we arrived in Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon - in the dead of February - I knew I needed to do some investigating…

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WOW, was it COLD. I’m not sure if I had it in my mind that there would be a wind tunnel whipping at me, ice covering the road, snow mounds on either side… But it was colder - and windier - than the walk over to the intersection, that is for sure. Shedding the gloves to take that photo above probably didn’t help — but right at the spot of the sign in the photo below, at the outside of Scotiabank, felt about 20 degrees colder than the area of sidewalk - near the bank and blocked from the wind - that I sprinted to minutes later.

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Being from Michigan - and living in Boston - we get our fair share of cold spells. And I haven’t been to every intersection in Canada, but I’ll side with the long-standing legend.

For those not familiar, I dug up some information on the famous corner in the center of Canada, that links the East and the West…

The well-known corner is located in downtown, where Portage Avenue (Route 85) and Main Street (Route 52) intersect, and was once the center for the banking industry in Western Canada. The corner still houses a slew of national banks, with access below ground through the pedestrian underpasses (something else I encountered for the first time) that make up an underground mall.

In 2012, the intersection celebrated its 150th birthday (quick history lesson time…) - according to the Winnipeg Free Press, Henry McKenney purchased the parcel of land that was “low and swampy, covered with scrub oak and poplar” where the north-south and east-west “ox cart” paths crossed - and eventually built the business and banking center of the city.

As for the corner’s famous frigidity, the long-standing cold weather legend remains unproven.

But for all those who have been to the intersection, you can give your own proof - or disproof - in the comments below.

-Caryn Switaj ^CS

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Striving for Full 60 Consistency

WINNIPEG, MB - With a disappointing loss Friday night, Saturday brought a new day for the Bruins, who left Buffalo with a cold feeling - not only from the sting in the frigid air, but from their second regulation loss of the season to the Sabres.

And as the members of the spoked-B boarded the plane for Winnipeg Saturday morning, a new challenge - and opportunity - awaited them out West.

"It’s huge, right now there’s no time to focus on games we’ve played in the past and our record right now is more about making sure we come out better and have a stronger game," Bruins winger Brad Marchand said following an early afternoon practice in Winnipeg, held at the Jets’ practice facility, MTS Iceplex.

"We can’t lose a third game in a row. It’s a huge game and we really have to get back on track."

Read the full feature at the link above or by clicking here.