B's 'turn the page' on Habs loss with fun practice

B's 'turn the page' on Habs loss with fun practice
January 31, 2014, 3:45 pm
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WILMINGTON – The Bruins held an hour-long practice that was far from punitive after the spiritless Thursday night loss to the Montreal Canadiens, and instead tried to inject some energy back into things. The final 20 minutes concluded with a battle drill straight out of a youth hockey coach’s handbook with the two nets placed within 50 feet of each other at one end of the ice.

It was full attendance by the Bruins players, who put in a full day of work with an afternoon game against the Edmonton Oilers on tap for Saturday at TD Garden in Andrew Ference’s return to Boston. There was plenty of chatter following the practice about “turning the page” from the defeat at the hands of Montreal, and focusing solely on the four games remaining prior to the Olympic break.

“As a coach, I try to encourage those guys to turn the page, and do some of the things that we did today at practice,” said Claude Julien. “It wasn’t a punishment practice. It was working on things, and then making it fun at the end. You’re trying to create a situation where that energy is going to be back for tomorrow.

“If we play well tomorrow then we make it a lot easier to turn the page. If we don’t then we’re prolonging the pain.”

If the Bruins can defeat an Oilers team that’s won three games in a row, then the Bruins will still be in a 6-1-1 stretch over their last eight games with three contests left before a February vacation.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings with full attendance by the Black and Gold aside from Adam McQuaid, who once again didn’t practice:

 

Lucic-Krejci-Iginla

Marchand-Bergeron-Smith

Soderberg-Kelly-Eriksson

Paille-Campbell-Thornton

 

Chara-Boychuk

Bartkowski-Miller

Krug-Hamilton

 

Rask

Johnson