Boston Bruins

  • Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery began Tuesday with an admission that he wanted guys like A.J. Greer and Jack Studnicka, two waiver-eligible players still looking to ‘stick’ on an NHL roster for the first time in their career, to make life difficult for the Bruins.

    Safe to say that message was indeed delivered, as Greer scored two goals (including the overtime winner) on primary feeds from Studnicka, in a 3-2 comeback win over the Rangers at TD Garden.

  • In an 0-1 hole following an Adam Fox goal scored 7:03 into the period, Greer responded for the Bruins when Studnicka won a battle behind the net and dished a no-look pass to the slot, where it hit Greer right on the tape and allowed him to beat Jaroslav Halak upstairs for a game-evening tally.

    This was an example of Studnicka, who did not have his best stuff last Saturday in Philadelphia, embracing the dirt that’s going to be required for him to stick with the Bruins in 2022-23.

  • But Oskar Steen made sure that Greer and Studnicka weren’t the only ‘on the bubble’ players that made a strong case for themselves Tuesday night, as the 5-foot-9 Swedish wing knotted things up at 2-2 with a sweet shorthanded finish off a slick feed from Joona Koppanen.

  • In what was a bit of a surprise (but indeed the plan, according to Montgomery), Jeremy Swayman went the distance for the Bruins in this contest, and finished with 24 saves on 26 shots faced.

    Hampus Lindholm and Anton Stralman patrolled the blue line for the Bruins as the team’s top pairing in this contest, and each finished with a plus-2 rating by the night’s end.

    The Bruins will continue their preseason slate Saturday afternoon with a 1 p.m. head-to-head with the Flyers at TD Garden. The Bruins are expected to go with a loaded veteran group for that contest.