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Matt Grzelcyk knows perhaps better than anyone in the Bruins dressing room what the New England Patriots mean to the region. The 24-year-old blue liner grew up in Charlestown as a Patriots fan and has watched firsthand the team’s dominant run of five Super Bowl titles over the last 17 seasons.

“I can remember when they won their first Super Bowl,” said Grzelcyk. “Obviously they’ve been unbelievable, this stretch they’ve gone on is insane. There’s a reason why they’re so good, you can see how they are on the sidelines with each other, how passionate they are.

“It gives us a little bit of motivation to try to keep up with them. It’s awesome to see and it’s been great to be a part of it and see it firsthand growing up in Boston.”

Grzelcyk was one of several Bruins who attended the Pats’ thrilling 24-20, comeback win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Also in attendance were Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, Riley Nash, David Pastrnak, Paul Postma, and Tuukka Rask.

“It’s nice to be a Patriots fan the last few years, a great day yesterday,” said David Krejci. “A few guys went to the game so I’m sure they had a blast. We do have lots of Americans on the team, they have their own team, but playing here I think you have to become a Patriots fan, they always win. It’s good to be a Boston fan.”

The Pats’ victory clinched a spot in their eighth Super Bowl of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, an unprecedented run of success that has highlighted the golden age of Boston sports.

“You can’t help but get caught up in it. I’ve been in New England 10 years…you can see how teams continually can’t put the Patriots way…they’re in people’s heads,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, who visited Patriots training camp this past summer and met with owner Robert Kraft.

“It’s an amazing quality that this team has, the culture that they’ve created, their identity. We’d love to be that, where we’re coming at you, we’re coming at you and it doesn’t matter what happens right until the bitter end. We’ll see where that goes.

“You’ve got to be champions to do that, there’s guys in this locker room that were and would like to again. The younger guys that haven’t hopefully that’s one of the things that they embrace.”

Grzelcyk, one of the Bruins’ five rookies, believes the Patriots provide plenty of lessons he and his fellow youngsters can draw from.

“I think they’re just really good at not overcomplicating things,” said Grzelcyk. “The motto is do your job, just very simple, just go out there and do what’s asked of you. I think that’s something that’s stuck with us. We’re trying to take it one game at a time right now and apply that to our game.”

One of the other special things about Boston sports is the camaraderie between all the teams in town. Last spring, Patriots safety Patrick Chung joined the B’s for a skate at the end of practice and earlier this month Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Rex Burkhead, Jordan Richards, Shea McClellin, and Geneo Grissom attended the B’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Cooks, who purchased a Patrice Bergeron jersey before the game, then joined his teammates for a visit with Boston’s alternate captain following his four-goal outburst in the 7-1 win over the ‘Canes.

In addition to Cassidy’s visit to training camp, a group of Bruins, which included Rask, Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Nash, Brandon Carlo, and Tim Schaller, took in a Patriots practice earlier this fall.

“Year after year, they’ve been really good. Obviously Tom Brady has been around a long time and they have a good coach. It’s fun to watch,” said Krejci. “I picked good years to be playing for Boston and becoming a Patriots fan…once our games are done we try to support the other teams as well.”

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The Bruins certainly hope so.

After 11 straight losses to the Washington Capitals, Boston is looking to snap the maddening streak when they visit Capital One Arena on Thursday evening. The Bruins have not defeated Washington since March of 2014 and have dropped both meetings so far this season.

But as the winners of five straight and 14 of their last 18 – yes, one of the losses came to the Capitals – the Bruins are hoping to finally break through in the teams’ final matchup of the year.

“Obviously we’re playing well, that helps,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “For whatever reason – there’s a number of them – but the biggest one is we end up chasing the game against them a lot, so that’s going to be our focus. Hopefully we get off to a better start.

The Bruins may be catching the Capitals at the right time, as they have lost three straight for the first time this season and have been shut out in back-to-back games, including a 1-0 shootout loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night.

“Both teams played last night, so there’s no advantage other than them being at home,” added Cassidy. “They’ve been able to make more plays than us at the appropriate times. That’s the second part of the focus – get off to a good start and make the plays that you need to to put yourself in position to win.”

Certified Bruins killer Braden Holtby, who has won nine straight against the B’s, did not play against New York and is expected to get the start in goal tonight.

“I think we just have to keep playing the same hockey we’ve been playing,” said Noel Acciari. “We need to have a good start and play our game – right now it’s working for us and if we stick to that we should be OK.”

Acciari Good to Go

After taking a hit to the head from Ottawa defenseman Fredrik Claesson on Wednesday night, Acciari said he was feeling no ill effects and would be ready to go against the Capitals. The winger, whose nose took the brunt of the blow, missed the final five minutes of the first period before returning for the second.

Acciari’s linemate and former Providence College teammate Tim Schaller took exception to the hit and dropped the gloves with Claesson, earning 17 minutes in penalties. It was a gesture that Acciari greatly appreciated.

“Tim stepped up for me,” said Acciari. “Just being a good teammate. It’s great to see and I know that any guy will step up for any guy on our team. That’s the type of team we are.”

Schaller said he was trying to avoid the instigator penalty, which automatically triggers a 10-minute misconduct, but the officials weren’t budging.

“I think anyone in the lineup would do the same thing I did,” said Schaller. “I talked to the ref before I got in the box – I said I was polite about it and I made sure [Claesson] said yes. I was surprised when I got it, but it was worth it.”

Pursuit of Happiness

Cassidy has been searching for a just a little bit more from Anders Bjork of late, particularly away from the puck, asking to see a bit more jam out of the rookie winger’s game to complement his patented speed and skill.

During Wednesday night’s win over the Senators, Cassidy got his wish. With the Bruins up, 3-1, late in the second, Bjork turned on the jets and delivered a dogged forecheck on Ottawa blue liner Dion Phaneuf.

Bjork tracked down the veteran defenseman just inside the Ottawa blue line and was hot on his tail as Phaneuf tried to escape the zone. Eventually, Bjork swatted the puck away, corralled it, and fed Riley Nash, who finished things off with a dangle past Craig Anderson for a 4-1 Boston advantage.

It was the exact kind of puck pursuit Cassidy has been looking for.

“We want him to be harder on pucks and puck pursuit because it is an avenue that he can certainly make our team look faster by tracking down pucks,” said Cassidy. “That is why we have asked him – even when he has it sometimes when he runs out of space – to chip it and go get it because he puts a lot of stress on the D. He is starting to understand that part of it.”

Rolling Along

With his win against the Senators, Tuukka Rask has now grabbed points in his last 10 games (9-0-1). The netminder, who was named the NHL’s First Star last week, has accomplished that feat four times in his career, with the last coming in 2015.

Over the 10-game stretch, Rask has a 1.41 goals against average and .946 save percentage.

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Finding ways to win when you may not have your best is one of the truest tests of a good team. For much of the first two periods on Wednesday night, the Bruins looked anything but the group that had won eight of their last 10 games.

Boston managed just two shots on goal in the first period – none over the frame’s final 18 minutes. The Red Wings played a stifling brand of defense for much of the night, zipping shut shooting lanes with 22 blocked shots.

But the Bruins were not deterred.

Boston twice battled back from down a goal to tie the game in the third period, before Brad Marchand sealed the come-from-behind victory with a backhand breakaway just 35 seconds into overtime at Little Caesars Arena. The Bruins’ ninth win in 11 games was, perhaps, its most telling.

“It’s big. It just shows the character that we have in the room and that we’re really learning a lot and starting to come together,” said Marchand, who also delivered a slick assist on David Pastrnak’s tying marker with 1:26 remaining in regulation.

“Different guys are stepping up every night. To have a good team you need that. We’re going to need that still going forward, but it’s great to see.”

After a Dylan Larkin shorthanded tally put Detroit ahead midway through the third, Marchand forced the game to overtime with a stellar dish to Pastrnak with the goalie pulled.

Bruce Cassidy summoned Tuukka Rask to the bench with 2:32 remaining, allowing him to deploy David Backes as the extra skater, a luxury Boston’s bench boss was without during the winger’s absence earlier this season.

With Backes’ big body parked at the top of the paint, the slightest of lanes opened up through the slot, allowing Marchand to thread a pass through three Detroit defenders. Pastrnak was positioned at the far post where he ripped the puck into an open net to tie the game, 2-2.

“What goes unnoticed is that’s where we missed Backes a little bit earlier in the empty nets [situations]. He’ll go right to the top of the paint,” said Cassidy. “He’s going to occupy the goaltender, at least one defender, so that does open up lanes. I thought [David Krejci] did a really good job up top.

“Obviously finding the lane was the key part of it and that’s on Pasta to move around to find it.”

Pastrnak did just that, admitting that he only picked up the pass from Marchand at the last second. His 15th goal of the season extended his league-leading points streak to nine games (5-6-11).

“I didn’t even see Marchy,” said Pastrnak, who was playing in his 200th career game. “Last time I saw him he was coming down the wall. I thought he was going to shoot it. I saw the puck real last second. It was not an easy shot; it was coming pretty hot. But I got it on the ice and had an empty net. I’m surprised I even hit that puck.”

Boston started the extra session with Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug, and Marchand – Cassidy’s preferred overtime trio. They wasted little time ending it.

Bergeron helped Marchand dig the puck off the wall in the Bruins’ end, before Marchand quickly moved it to Krug (two assists) and started a 2-on-1 through the neutral zone. With Mike Green closing on Krug, the blue liner sauced a backhand to Marchand in open ice.

Marchand broke in all alone on Jimmy Howard and shook off a late attempt by Green to break up the play, roofing a backhander over the sprawling Howard for the winner just 35 ticks into extra time.

“They played a really good defensive game. They didn’t give us a whole lot,” said Marchand. “They play really tight, almost a man-on-man over the whole ice; they really collapse in the D-zone. If you don’t take care of pucks, which we didn’t do a good job of early on you’re not going to get much and they worked hard.

“They out-battled us early on. Luckily we were able to bounce back.”

While Boston’s top dogs carried them to victory in the end, it was a more unheralded group that lit the match early in the third period. Down, 1-0, the Bruins got a boost from its fourth line to spark the offense.

After losing a faceoff in the attacking end, Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari charged hard into the corner, forcing a turnover behind the net. Acciari scooped up the loose puck and had his attempt to tuck it in at the post denied by Howard. The rebound popped out to Schaller, who had two more attempts stoned by Howard.

Fortunately for the Bruins, Acciari had circled the net and was there to finally swat it home and knot the game 3:02 into the final frame.

“We talked about it after the second period that sometimes you need other guys to step up in these moments,” said Cassidy. “Tonight our top guys were having a tough time getting through their checks. Good for Noel and [Sean] Kuraly and Schaller to do that…gotta give them a lot of credit because they gave us some juice.”

It may have taken a little longer than they would have liked, but the Bruins got what they wanted. Another balanced effort with contributions from up and down the lineup. And two more points in the bank as they continue to climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

“A lot of pride in that room realizing we needed to be better,” said Cassidy, while still preaching the importance of producing a full 60-minute effort. “Guys wanting to win, appreciating what to do to play winning hockey eventually.”

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David Krejci took another step in his recovery from an upper-body injury on Tuesday as he shed the red non-contact jersey he donned during Monday’s practice back in Boston.

The veteran pivot took the ice at Honda Center on Tuesday afternoon in a standard white sweater and split reps with Jordan Szwarz between Frank Vatrano and Danton Heinen.

Krejci, who has missed Boston’s last 10 games, is hopeful to return to the lineup on Wednesday night against the Ducks, terming himself a game-time decision.

“Hopefully gonna have a good rest of the day, good morning skate,” said Krejci. “As a player you want to play, but you have to be safe with your health. [Wednesday's] going to be a big day. Morning skate, talk to the doctors and go from there.”

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said he does not have any hesitations with playing Krejci in both games of this week’s back-to-back in Anaheim and Los Angeles. If Krejci is cleared to play and feeling good, there will not be any limitations.

“I don’t think that’s our thought process,” said Cassidy. “If he’s good to go [against Anaheim] he’s in, if he’s good to go Thursday he’d be in. Just waiting on them, the individual and the training staff.”

Bjork, Marchand Ruled Out

Cassidy ruled both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand out for the next two games. He said the status of both players would be re-evaluted on Friday.

Both were injured during Saturday night’s game against Toronto.

Agostino, Cehlarik Recalled

With the injuries to Bjork and Marchand, Peter Cehlarik and Kenny Agostino were recalled from Providence on an emergency basis on Monday. Agostino skated on the right wing with Tim Schaller and Riley Nash during Tuesday’s practice, while Cehlarik was on the left side with Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak.

“We’ve looked at a lot of different options up there…we’re not afraid to put a young player up there,” Cassidy said of Cehlarik. “He did play with Krech and Pasta last year. He’s used to playing with good skill and will complement them in terms of his ability to protect pucks and get to the net. Could be a good fit.”

Cehlarik was also manning the front of the net on Boston’s No. 1 power-play unit during the session.

“He recovers pucks well, so net-front power play is a good spot for him,” said Cassidy. “I know they’ve used him in the bumper before as well. He’s a big body in front, he’s got quick hands. He gives you some of what Marchy does in terms of being able to recover a puck and put it in a good spot to make a play with it.”

Cehlarik had been battling a lower-body injury in Providence, but returned last weekend. The 22-year-old Slovakia native has three goals and three assists in six games with the P-Bruins this season.

“You always want to be the first guy they bring up,” said Cehlarik. “I was playing my game there. I was out for a little while with an injury, came back last weekend. Kind of surprised, but up here now and trying to adjust quickly and be ready for tomorrow.”

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David Backes did not have the most pleasant view of Opening Night. Instead of skating around the ice at TD Garden, he was staring at the building from the window of his hospital room.

The standard definition television he was forced to watch the Bruins battle the Predators on didn’t help.

“That’s a tough emotional swing to swallow,” said Backes, who was sidelined by a bout of diverticulitis a few days before the opener.

“Watching at home is never easy when you’ve worked all summer and feel like you’ve kind of changed yourself a little bit to have a lot of success this season, and then have that false start to begin with, it’s tough to deal with mentally.”

Backes missed the first five games as he recovered from the illness, but returned to the ice on Tuesday morning for practice at Warrior Ice Arena and is hoping to be back in the lineup on Thursday against Vancouver.

“I think coming back and having the extra energy today…the past is the past, and we have to look at what the next step is to try to be the best player I can be to help us win games, and that’s what the focus is,” said Backes.

“Progress certainly. Return, we’ll see. And long-term prognosis, we’ll have to discuss with the really smart [medical] guys.”

With the team on the road for nearly a week, Backes, who was unable to partake in any physical activity for six or seven days, worked with the team’s medical staff and skating coach to get back into shape.

“Being able to skate with the guys, I was like a kid at the candy store before practice,” said Backes, who lost nearly 10 pounds through the ordeal. “For me personally, felt good out there. It’s nice to be back on the ice and smiling most of the day, just knowing that hopefully I’ll be playing ice hockey in the future”

Backes, who still is not quite sure what spurred the illness, sought advice from former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, who battled Crohn’s disease, another intestinal problem, later in his career.

“Got his insight on professional athletes and dealing with these kinds of issues,” said Backes. “Trying to information gather and being as smart as I can so that I can be available as often as possible and be as productive as possible when I am available.”

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said Backes is a possibility to return to the lineup this week.

“He skated a little when we were away…we’ll consult with the medical staff going forward, his plan,” said Cassidy. “Potentially [will] be an option Thursday. That should sort itself out over the next few days.”

Bergeron Better

Patrice Bergeron rejoined the group for practice, as well, albeit in a red non-contact sweater. Bergeron participated for most of the session before leaving ahead of some three-on-three work at the end of practice.

“Feel like everything is getting better now, feeling stronger on the ice and more comfortable. Hopefully game action is closer rather than later,” said Bergeron.

“It’s a lot more fun to be with the guys than watching and sitting around and go out on my own. Today was one of those where I wanted to see where I was at.”

Like Backes, Bergeron is a possibility to return to the lineup on Thursday night.

“Bergy did a little more today, that was by schedule,” said Cassidy. “He wasn’t going to do the full practice, so progressing well. Again, Thursday’s a possibility for him.”

McQuaid, Spooner Miss

Adam McQuaid and Ryan Spooner, both of whom left Sunday’s game in Vegas with injuries, did not skate on Tuesday.

“Nothing yet,” Cassidy said when asked for an update. “They’re getting looked at this afternoon, should know more in the morning whether they’ll be joining us for practice.”

Heinen Heads Down

After being one the last cuts of training camp, Danton Heinen arrived in Providence hoping to seize the soonest opportunity to prove himself. That opportunity came early, as after just one game in Providence, the 6-foot-1 forward was called up to the NHL.

Heinen wasted no time making his mark, recording his first NHL point in his first NHL game of the season with an assist against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 11. Heinen followed that up with a two-assist effort against the Arizona Coyotes in a 6-2 victory, where he showed good chemistry playing alongside Tim Schaller and Sean Kuraly. Heinen averaged 13:56 minutes per game over his 3-game stint, and his 3 assists is tied for second on the Bruins.

But with Bergeron and Backes nearing returns, Heinen was sent to Providence on Tuesday.

“He did play well, he did what was asked of him, did his job,” said Cassidy. “Part of that is we feel guys are getting closer, so we’ll see. If they’re not ready by Thursday, then we may see Danton again. That’s a decision we’ll have to make as we get closer to Thursday.”

Fellow forward Austin Czarnik was also assigned to the P-Bruins on Tuesday. Czarnik has appeared in two games with Boston this season.

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Anders Bjork is on the board.

After watching fellow rookies Jake DeBrusk and Charlie McAvoy get their first career goals out of the way during the season opener, Bjork finally tallied his on Saturday night in Arizona.

The winger took a slick cross-ice, slap-pass from DeBrusk and fired home a one-timer on the power play with just 1:24 remaining in the Bruins 6-2 win over the Coyotes.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Bjork. “It’s nice that we got some opportunity on the power play there and created some chances. It was a great play by Jake to give me the puck backdoor and I had the whole net open, so was fortunate to be in the right spot there. A pretty good feeling.”

Bjork, who notched his first career point with an assist on Opening Night, is hoping that getting the milestone out of the way can clear the way to playing a simpler game.

“Especially after a few games, you start thinking about it too much,” said Bjork. “So it’s really nice to get it out of the way and just focus on playing hockey and playing the right way.”

There was hardly a Tim Schaller shift on Saturday night during which he went unnoticed. Each time Schaller hit the ice, he was around the puck and seemed to come close to finding the back of the net.

His furious effort was rewarded with just over three minutes to go in the third period when he banged one home for his second goal in as many games. The tally, assisted by his linemates Danton Heinen and Sean Kuraly, came just 23 seconds after Arizona cut the Bruins lead to 4-2 and capped a strong night for Boston’s fourth line.

Schaller finished with four shots on goal and seven shot attempts in just over 15 minutes of ice time.

“It’s what we’re looking for,” said Cassidy. “We feel it’s good for us if we can have a glue line, especially when we’re missing players that we’re trying to replace. This is an opportunity for some players and they took advantage of it tonight.

“Good for them because they’re gonna get quality minutes if they can do that every night.”

Heinen, meanwhile, went on to assist on Bjork’s goal just under two minutes later and finished the night with a game-high five shots on goal in 15 minutes, 41 seconds of ice time. It was his first career multi-point game.

Dobby Gets The Dub

Anton Khudobin made his first start of the season and stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Tuukka Rask is expected back between the pipes on Sunday in Vegas.

“He’s done his job,” said Cassidy. “And that’s what we want – give us a chance to win. He got some run support tonight…he battled and good for him. We needed it.”

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Despite a late comeback bid, the Bruins dropped their second straight game to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, falling, 6-3, at Pepsi Center.

Boston allowed three second-period goals to fall into a 4-1 hole, before surging back with two goals within a 1:27 span midway through the third to get within one. Strikes from Tim Schaller and Torey Krug and some dazzling stops from Anton Khudobin – who subbed in for Tuukka Rask during the final frame – gave the Bruins some hope, but two empty-netters for the Avs sealed a home-and-home sweep for Colorado.

“It wasn’t good enough. They were better than us again, second time in three days. We’ve got some work to do,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “I’m not in the excuse making business. It’s a National Hockey League game and two points are two points every night. We’ve just got to be more intelligent and more focused with those decisions, whether it’s rust or not we’ve got to correct that.”

Too Little, Too Late

Down three goals past the midway point of the third, the Bruins got a jolt from their fourth line, with Tim Schaller, Sean Kuraly, and Danton Heinen going to work deep in the offensive zone.

Heinen, playing in his first game of the season after being recalled from Providence on Tuesday, took the puck to the left post and jammed one at Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov. Schaller crashed the net and poked home the rebound for his first goal of the season.

Heinen was credited with an assist, giving him his first career National Hockey League point.

“Kuraly’s line got us going,” said Krug. “They’re not a flashy line, but they know what their job is and they go straight north-south game and get it behind them and go to work. It was a greasy goal and got us back in it. Got the guys excited on the bench again.”

Krug followed up just 1:27 later with his first of the season in a similar fashion. With Boston on the power play and Brad Marchand and Riley Nash battling away in front, Krug swatted at a loose puck and banged it home to bring the Bruins within a goal with 7:03 to play.

“At the end of the day, you see in the third period when we’re willing to put in the work it pays off, we were able to climb back in the game and give ourselves a chance,” said Krug. “You can try to use as many excuses as you want, but we’ve got to be more committed to battles and I’m a part of that as well.”

Second Period Struggles

The Bruins did not start well, as they landed just nine shots on goal through two periods. But a goal from Marchand with just under three minutes to play in the first tied the game, 1-1, and had Boston in a better frame of mind heading to the middle period.

The momentum, however, did not carry over. Nail Yakupov struck for his third goal in two games against the Bruins, exactly one minute into the second, to put Colorado ahead, 2-1. Tallies from Sven Andrighetto and Matt Duchene later in the period opened up a 4-1 lead for the Avalanche.

“It’s a sign of weak teams, letting things snowball. I was a big part of that, I was terrible in the second period,” said Krug, who was a minus-3. “Turnovers, penalties, every time I touched the ice something bad happened. I’ll take the blame for the second period.

“Guys are battling, [Adam McQuaid's] fighting, my D partner’s fighting, Tuukka’s making saves…leaving guys out to dry and I’ll take full blame for that.”

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Riley Nash will attempt his best Patrice Bergeron impression on Wednesday night against the Avalanche, as the veteran forward slots in to center the B’s top line alongside Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak with Bergeron still out with a lower-body injury.

“Those guys are pretty creative guys,” Nash said following pregame skate at Pepsi Center. “If you can just be a guy that’s consistent in the spot they know you’ll be then I think that benefits them and they can use their skill and their talent to the best of their abilities. I think just try to get to the net and be outlets for them and try to be as Bergy-like as possible.”

That being said, Nash – in the midst of his seventh NHL season – will not be trying to imitate Bergeron to a fault.

“I thought last game I had a better game and playing more straight-lined, being harder on pucks and getting in on the forecheck,” he said. “If I can create turnovers on their D-men and on their forward for odd-man rushes the other way, I think that will benefit those guys. Get them the puck with space and a little bit of time.

“As we watched all last year, they’re pretty talented guys, so their skill usually take over from there.”

Last season, during his first campaign with Boston, Nash was a stalwart on the Bruins fourth line, teaming with Dominic Moore, Tim Schaller, and Noel Acciari to form one of the team’s most dependable and consistent units. Despite their role not requiring much offense, Nash believes he is at his best when his creativity takes over.

“When I’m at my best, I’m thinking more about creativity and not inside the box, but trying to make plays, not just jamming down the wall and taking the easy way out,” said Nash. “Easy way out might be the right play some times but keep your head up and make the right play, whether that be finding a guy through the seam or whether it be cycling down low, just making the right play when you have the time and space to make a play, you’ve got to take advantage of that.

“In this league it’s obviously really fast now and those opportunities are few and far between.”

Bergeron Skates

Bergeron did take to the ice at the conclusion of Wednesday’s morning skate for some skating and stick handling. He had been ruled out for the game against the Avalanche on Tuesday by Cassidy.

“He’s out there testing it again, there’s not a lot of newness to report on it,” said Cassidy. “Obviously we’ll see how he reacts to being on the ice today. If it goes well, he’ll go out again tomorrow and continue on that path until he’s ready to go.

“Not a lot of news on it that I can give you other than that he’s back out there giving it a whirl.”

Cassidy did say that Bergeron would skate again on Thursday in Arizona if he made it through without any issues.

“That’s the plan if it goes well today,” said Cassidy. “Again, I’ll confirm that with the trainers. The team will be off – it’s a scheduled day off – we will find ice for him if there’s no ill effects from today.”

Heinen Slots In

Danton Heinen will make his 2017-18 debut Wednesday night when he skates on the right side with Tim Schaller and Sean Kuraly. Heinen played in eight games with Boston last season and was one of the final cuts during this year’s training camp.

“He’ll probably start there. That’s the plan right now. He’ll go with Kuraly and Schaller on the right side and see how that fits for him,” said Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy. “I saw growth in his game…he showed that the last game in Chicago, he was winning puck battles below the goal line, making plays from there.

“That’s the type of line they are, he’ll add a little skill to that line, maybe a little finish. But shouldn’t get in their way, either, in terms of playing a North-South game.”

Heinen has played a top-six role for much of his collegiate and pro career – he had 44 points in 64 games for Providence last season – which means he will have to adjust slightly the way he plays on Boston’s fourth line.

“Got to realize where I am in the lineup and just try to keep it simple and try to complement those guys in any way I can,” said Heinen. “Just try to fill the role that I was put in, try to play with energy and keep it simple.”

Face-off Fun

David Krejci has been among the handful of best face-off men in the league thus far, winning draws at 73 percent success rate through two games. As a team, the Bruins are leading the NHL with a 62.7 success rate.

“He’s been real good in there, we’ve needed him to be good, obviously with Patrice out,” said Cassidy. “He’s stepped up and done a good job. The whole group did the other night; we were good in there. Maybe guys are just adjusting [to the new rules].”

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Did you make it out to a Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour stop?

The Bruins’ crew set out to visit seven cities in all six New England states, making a 748-mile trip from TD Garden to each city, and then to Warrior Ice Arena for the final stop during training camp.

Nearly 14,000 fans were in attendance at the Fan Fest tour stops throughout August and early September in Portland, Maine, Manchester, N.H., Burlington, Vt., Springfield, Mass., Hartford, Conn., Providence, R.I., and Boston.

Players Brandon Carlo, Tim Schaller, Frank Vatrano, Noel Acciari, Riley Nash, and Tommy Cross met with fans at the stops, along with coaches and staff, including President Cam Neely, General Manager Don Sweeney, Assistant General Manager John Ferguson, Head Coach Bruce Cassidy, assistant coaches Kevin Dean and Joe Sacco, and Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa.

NESN color commentator Andy Brickley and play-by-play broadcaster Jack Edwards led Q&A sessions at every stop for the fans.

The inaugural Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour was created to provide an opportunity for fans to meet with players, coaches, and management, as well as participate in a variety of activities.

The activities included answering Bruins Trivia to win prizes, visiting a mock Bruins dressing room, experiencing the TD Garden home broadcast booth through NESN’s virtual reality, and much more.

Gifford’s was also in attendance to give away free Power Play Fudge ice cream. During the seven stops, Gifford’s (based out of Maine) served 94 tubs of ice cream, which amounts to 282 gallons.

The tour also gave Vatrano, Schaller, and Acciari the chance to represent the Bruins near their hometowns.

“It’s a dream come true to play in the NHL, but to play for your hometown team, to see kids wearing your jersey, its pretty cool,” said Vatrano, who attended the Springfield, Mass. stop and had plenty of family members in attendance. “Its great to see the support I have here, it’s what I call home and I love it here.”

An important component of the Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour was growing the game.

More than 4,000 kids ages 4-9 were signed up for the Bruins Academy Learn to Play program. At the various stops, the kids were outfitted in brand new CCM hockey gear for a total of $2 million worth of equipment donated.

Through the program and fitting, each kid will receive their “locker room box” of $500 worth of equipment, including an “8-Spoked Bruins Academy Pledge” signed by Sweeney, in addition to four weeks of professional on-ice training at their local rinks this Fall.

View more information on the Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour at BostonBruins.com/FanFestTour

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Ryan Spooner has never been considered the most physical player on the ice. And he probably never will be.

But this preseason, the 25-year-old center is making a concerted effort to be more engaged without the puck. Chicago’s Tanner Kero found that out the hard way during the Bruins’ 4-2 preseason victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night.

Playing with David Pastrnak and Matt Beleskey, Spooner set the tone during the game’s opening minute by dropping Kero with a heavy hit in front of the Bruins bench. The check separated Kero from the puck and jumpstarted Boston’s charge up the ice.

Spooner then drifted toward the middle of the neutral zone where he received a pass from Pastrnak, before floating a backhander to Matt Beleskey. Beleskey then found Pastrnak, who cruised toward the Chicago net and roofed one by Corey Crawford for a 1-0 Bruins lead.

It was the exact type of shift Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been looking for from the former second-round pick.

“He was a crusher on that one – buried a guy,” said Cassidy. “I don’t know if physicality is the proper term. What I want to see is compete. We’ve talked about that. I don’t expect Ryan Spooner to lead our team in hits. But he has to win his share of pucks. How you do that, hard on your stick, sometimes it is body position, sometimes it is knocking a guy off the puck. It was good to see.”

Spooner has made being quicker to the puck one of his top priorities.

“We’ve talked about it before and I think the thing with me is I kind of get in there and I’m gliding a little bit,” said Spooner, who was credited with two hits in 16 minutes, 32 seconds of ice time against Chicago.

“I think [Cassidy] wants me to get in there and take some strides and just close because all the players are good here. If you give them time and space, they’re going to make plays, so as a center, I’ve just got to try to be a bit quicker.”

The Bruins have several young players competing for spots up front, including centers Austin Czarnik, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, and Sean Kuraly. And with the likes of Kuraly, Tim Schaller, Noel Acciari, David Backes, and Riley Nash having the ability to play both wing and center, Spooner knows he must do everything he can to separate himself from the others and earn a spot on the roster.

His strong skills on the power play work in his favor (he led the Bruins with 4:18 of power-play time against the Blackhawks). But his success at the faceoff dot needs to improve. Spooner won just 39 percent of his draws last season and was 6 of 14 against Chicago.

“Then the third period, specifically, [I] put him out for a D-zone faceoff and he won one, he won maybe both,” said Cassidy. “Just some situations that he knows he has to be harder in. I think the rest of his game will take care of itself. But I thought he was good in that area of the game tonight.”

Blue Line Battle

With Torey Krug sidelined for at least a couple more weeks with a jaw fracture, a spot has opened up on the left side of the Bruins’ back end. Among those angling for the spot are Rob O’Gara (he was on the Opening Night roster a year ago), Matt Grzelcyk (he played two NHL games last season), and Jeremy Lauzon (he’s a first-year pro) – all of whom are left shots.

All three candidates suited up against the Blackhawks on Monday night and performed well. O’Gara led the team with 22 minutes, 28 seconds of ice time, while Grzelcyk (plus-1, one shot) was second among defensemen with 1:46 of ice time on the power play. Lauzon, meanwhile, potted his first goal of the preseason with a seeing-eye wrister from the point and landed three shots on goal.

“I know they push me and push the older guys,” the 24-year-old O’Gara said of the young talent. “It fosters a real competitive nature and it pushes everyone to be the best player they can be, and that’s exactly what you want going into a season. I think that’s the biggest thing to take from kind of coming up in a big group of young guys…pushing each other.

“And you know you’re not the only ones going through this stuff. So you have guys to lean on besides the vets who are awesome.”