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As Matt Beleskey skated to the penalty box, he flipped his hair back into place and took a glance up at the raucous TD Garden crowd. With the cheers continuing to build, he gestured to the Black & Gold faithful to turn up the volume just a little bit more.

The Bruins had just grabbed a 2-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild, and just eight seconds after Frank Vatrano’s tally, Beleskey dropped the gloves with Luke Kunin in front of the Minnesota bench.

It was a quick bout, but one that provided an extra jolt of energy to the Boston bench – and the fans in attendance. For Beleskey, it was mission accomplished.

“You’ve got to have some fun,” said Beleskey, who played just over 11 minutes in the 5-3 win against Minnesota. “It’s fun here in the Garden. They get loud, so you know, you get into the game, and if I can get people out of their seats that’s good.”

Miller Dons the ‘A’

With Backes, David Krejci, and Brad Marchand out of the lineup, the Bruins were in need of a second alternate captain against the Wild. The choice was not a difficult one for Cassidy as he tabbed blue liner Kevan Miller with the ‘A’ on his sweater.

“Kevan’s always been that guy, sticking up for his teammates, practices hard every day, fitness is through the roof. All of the things that you want young kids coming in to notice out of a player,” said Cassidy. “He’s not flashy in terms of leading with numbers. He’s a good soldier for us every night…Kevan is well deserving of a letter.”

Miller was grateful for the recognition, while also taking a predictably team-first approach when addressing the honor.

“It was a huge, huge honor for me,” said Miller. “But I think there’s a lot of guys in here without letters that are just as big of leaders. We can pride ourselves on that as a team that, whether you wear the letter or not, you have a responsibility to lead as a veteran guy.”

Marchand Won’t Travel

Cassidy said following Monday night’s game that Brad Marchand, who missed the win over the Wild with an upper-body injury, would not travel with the team on Tuesday.

Krejci Skates

David Krejci skated for a portion of Boston’s optional practice on Tuesday morning, doing some light skating, shooting, and stickhandling. It was his first time on the ice since suffering an upper-body injury against Vancouver on Oct. 19.

The pivot will not play in any of the remaining three games scheduled for this week.

“He’s back skating. He’s out this week,” said Cassidy. “This is part of the progression of him getting back in the lineup, getting out there and getting his reps.”

Ryan Spooner (torn adductor) also took part in the session, mostly working with skating and skills coach Kim Brandvold.

Khudobin, Acciari Nearing Returns

Anton Khudobin (lower body) and Noel Acciari (broken finger) skated on Tuesday and were expected to travel with the team. Khudobin will back-up Tuukka Rask against the Rangers on Wednesday night barring any physical issues following practice.

Acciari, who has been out since Opening Night, will not play against the Rangers, but Cassidy said “there’s a chance” he could return against Toronto on Friday.

“He’ll be out [Wednesday], but he is a possibility [for later in the week] or he wouldn’t be traveling,” said Cassidy. “Let’s check in again on Thursday, but there’s a chance.”

 

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With David Backes out of the lineup, the Bruins are missing some abrasiveness, as head coach Bruce Cassidy termed it on Thursday morning.

The absence of that grit, strength, and power has thus opened up an opportunity for another Bruins winger. Matt Beleskey, who has been a healthy scratch for the last three games, will return on Thursday night against the Vegas Golden Knights as he tries to reestablish his spot in Boston’s lineup.

“He’s worked hard. He’s been in and out. He’s gonna get an opportunity to get back in and we’ll see where his minutes go,” said Cassidy. “We’d like to have a guy that can fill some of that [Backes] role. What does that mean, a big body?

“Well, it means applying pressure on your defense, knowing that if they’re gonna come out of their zone they’re gonna have to go through bodies. It means in the defensive zone getting in and clogging up lanes, winning your board battles and being a little bit abrasive so that they know someone is breathing down their neck.”

When Beleskey has been in the lineup this season – he’s played in six games without a point – he’s been slotted in mostly a bottom-six role, where creating energy and providing some grit is expected.

“He does have size, especially with Backes out now he can add a dimensions of abrasiveness that we miss when he goes out,” said Cassidy. “I think he’s in a good frame of mind for the most part.”

Beleskey concurred. The winger said that during his time out of the lineup he has focused on keeping the mental part of his game in check.

“You’ve just got to play your game and play it hard. Play with confidence,” said Beleskey, who skated alongside Sean Kuraly and Frank Vatrano during Wednesday’s practice. “That’s the hard part of being in and out of the lineup is not getting much ice, keeping your confidence up.

“You’ve got to be mentally strong and I think I’ve done a decent job of that so far. Tonight, just gotta go out there, play with that confidence and play hard.”

Welcoming Vegas

The Bruins are welcoming the Golden Knights to Boston Thursday night for the teams’ inaugural matchup at TD Garden. Vegas, which has lost two straight games, took the first matchup between the teams, 3-1, on Oct. 15 at T-Mobile Arena.

“They’re a tough team to play against…a big, fast team,” said Torey Krug. “I think that’s the mentality they’re trying to have every night. They go out there with a group of guys that’s tough to play against. We gotta make sure that we have a big pushback, especially early in this game and push them back on their heels and hopefully use our home-ice advantage.”

Szwarz In; Czarnik Recalled

Jordan Szwarz, recalled from Providence on an emergency basis on Wednesday, will be in the lineup, according to Cassidy. He was the center between Danton Heinen and Anders Bjork during Wednesday’s practice.

Austin Czarnik was also recalled from Providence on an emergency basis on Thursday after Backes was placed on injured reserve (colon surgery). Czarnik was termed as a game-time decision by Cassidy.

Czarnik leads Providence with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games this season.

Krug Sheds Shield

Krug took part in Thursday’s optional morning skate without the chin guard that he has donned since returning from a broken jaw in the season’s second game. The blue liner said he did not believe the apparatus hindered his game in any way, but would see after Thursday’s contest if he noticed any differences.

“I don’t know. Once I get into some battles tonight I’ll have a better answer for you,” said Krug. “I didn’t think anything in particular when I had it on was an issue. That might change tonight once I get in a few shifts, a few battle in the corners and seeing pucks in my feet, things like that. We’ll see what feels different.”

Pastrnak Jumps Up

With injuries ravaging the Bruins lineup, David Pastrnak has been reunited with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on Boston’s top line. For much of last season, the trio was one of the league’s best combinations and will be relied upon now to take on a heavy load of the Bruins’ offense.

“For me it doesn’t matter who I play with, I’m trying to do my best and trying to always get the offensive stuff going,” said Pastrnak. “Every time I come to that line, we don’t talk about anything, just to get the job done. That’s all we talk about, the three of us.

“We never say, ‘Let’s go score goals.’ Just about getting the job done. That’s all we’re focusing on.”