Bruins getting antsy for games after week off

Bruins getting antsy for games after week off
May 31, 2013, 1:15 pm
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WILMINGTON – It’s pretty clear at this point that a week of rest was beneficial for the Boston Bruins prior to starting the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend.

But the seven-day layoff has also made some members of the Black and Gold organization more than a little stir crazy, and they’re getting tired of the same old questions previewing a series of strength (Pittsburgh’s high octane, superstar-filled offense) against strength (Boston’s stalwart and punishing size/strength combination that wears other teams down).

“We’re ready to go,” assured Claude Julien. “It’s going to be a really fun series to play.”

Is the Bruins coach getting tired of the same old questions about depth, Matt Cookie’s villainy, Jarome Iginla choosing Pittsburgh over Boston and shutting down the Pens duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?

“Yeah. It’s been four days straight with this stuff, and you’re loading up with four questions a day,” said Julien to CSNNE TV reporter Kevin Walsh. “You probably don’t sleep at night. Any more questions?”

Okay, coach. Well, how beneficial was the ability to practice some different defensive pairings including the split of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg into two different pairings, and just getting the Bruins captain some rest after he logged just about 30 minutes of ice time per game against the New York Rangers?

“I thought it was good to get some rest,” said Julien. “Those two days we gave the guys really paid off in just watching them practice this week. We had some really good practices, we accomplished everything we wanted to and there are no excuses about being prepared.

“If anything, we’re really just excited to get going.”

After playing 45 games in an 85 day stretch that ended with the Game 5 win over the Rangers, a couple of days away from the ice and four days of practice ramping up to the games was exactly what the hockey doctor ordered.

“It’s been a long year going all the way back to playing in Switzerland during the lockout,” said Tyler Seguin. “It was good to just get a break away from the ice for a few days, and you do really feel reenergized when you get back out there. It’s a good feeling knowing the challenge we have in front of us.”

The good thing is that all of the rhetoric about rest vs. rust and previewing a sure-to-be-spectacular Bruins/Penguins playoff series is almost over, and Game 1 is just a day away.

Drop the puck, already.