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January 9, 2013

Bourque eager to crack Bruins lineup with NHL back in business

Eight-month-old Kingston Bourque has not missed a home hockey game that his father, Chris Bourque, has played for the Providence Bruins this season.

Both father and son would like to see that streak continue — only now with the father playing his home games at the TD Garden in Boston.

With the National Hockey League lockout over and training camps set to begin this weekend, Bourque is expected to be among a handful of Providence players called up in an attempt to crack the Boston roster.

There is an open spot on Boston’s third line alongside regulars Chris Kelly at center and Rich Peverley at right wing, so Bourque — a natural left wing — could be a perfect fit. The 26-year-old from Boxford has been Providence’s leading scorer this winter, with eight goals and 28 points in 32 games.

“We haven’t officially been told who’s going up yet, but I’m sure there will be a handful of guys,” said Bourque, who has seen previous NHL stints with the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

“If I’m lucky enough to go up and showcase myself, I’m going to go all out in playing my game, and hopefully (the coaching staff and Bruins management) see something in my game that they think can help the team win. It’s all I can do; control what I can control.”

With the shortened 48-game regular season slated to begin Jan. 19, NHL teams will have less than a week to hold abbreviated training camps and set their rosters for the start of the season. With Jordan Caron — who some felt had an inside track to that third line opening — out for at least three weeks with an injury sustained last Friday night while playing for Providence, the Bruins will be looking for a speedy, scrappy player who can be responsible in all three zones to fill that role.

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