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Bruins make first impression

Scrimmage gives fans taste of action, Claude Julien idea of what needs work

Updated: January 16, 2013, 2:47 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Tuesday night's game between the Boston Bruins and their AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, meant more than the typical Black and Gold scrimmage.

This was the only game action the Bruins will have before the lockout-shortened, 48-game NHL season begins on Saturday, and even though Providence defeated Boston 7-5 at TD Garden, it was an important learning tool for Bruins coach Claude Julien and his players.

It was a near sellout, and once the Bruins hit the ice, ...

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