WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins got their work on this morning at Ristuccia Arena between home-and-home games against the Maple Leafs, and worked diligently on their neutral zone coverage after some defensive slippage in a run-and-gun victory over the Maple Leafs.
It may be nitpicking for Julien, but it may also be the first signs that the Bruins are getting a little complacent after rocking November with a 12-0-1 record and shooting up the Northeast Division standings. Those are the kind of things that can portend a losing stretch if theyre not properly addressed in practice, and the Bs coach went about doing so.
I saw some slipping in our defensive systems and coverage more against Toronto in that last game than I saw through the entire run that were on, said Julien. So today was about addressing and correcting those things before it becomes a bigger issue in the next few games."The challenge is to keep us at the height of where we need to be at on a regular basis. It's becoming tougher and tougher. We're finding ways to win, but the coaching staff has found areas we need to work on where part of our game is slipping a little bit. We need to make sure we fix those kinds of things if we want to make ourselves better if we want to win hockey games."
Jordan Caron and Steve Kampfer were both missing from practice on Friday after getting sent down to the Providence Bruins to take in a little game action, but Julien indicated that both players would be back in time for the two-game road trip through Pittsburgh and Winnipeg next week.
The lines from practice:
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BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.
The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.
Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.
That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.
Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.