It wasn't all gloom and despair after the Bruins 7-5 loss in the Black and Gold scrimmage last night. Bruins fans got their first chance to see Chris Bourque, who has a good chance at starting the season on Boston's thrid line.
Bourque didn't disappoint in his first appearance in the black and gold. He scored a goal and added two assists while generally being the Bruins best player on the ice.
"Chris Bourque I thought had a pretty good game. Here's a guy that's been playing since October in North America," Claude Julien said to CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty. "I thought Bourque played a pretty decent game. We had some guys that played pretty well and (Chris) Kelly, (Rich) Peverley, that line gave us some good things."
Bourque has been getting regular power play time in camp so far and if he makes the team should continue to see it.
"I liked what he’s done in Providence on the power play and how good of vision he’s got," Julien told BostonBruins.com. "So we’re giving him an opportunity right now to see if he can’t blend in with them.”
We shouldn't expect Bourque to put up the type of numbers he did in Providence (28 points in 32 games), he will still be able t provide some spark on the third line. That was evident with his second assist. While on the forecheck, Bourque forced a turnover behind Providence's net. Peverley was able to pick up the puck and tuck it into the net on the wrap around.
While Bourque looked comfortable with Kelly and Peverley in the scrimmage, there is still time before the season opener for things to change. If he starts to struggle or gets injured, someone could take his place. But for now, it looks like Bourque has a solid grip on his spot.
It was a good start for Bourque, who's father image is on the wall of the Bruins locker room. Hopefully he can keep it going and carry it over to the regular season in Boston.Tags: Anton Khudobin, Boston, Boston Bruins, Chris Bourque, Dennis Seidenberg, Hockey, NHL