Morning Skate: Friday, May 18

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Morning Skate: Friday, May 18

Good piece by Dominic Tiano on London Knights winger and Bruins prospect Jared Knight as he gets ready to fight for a Memorial Cup starting tonight. The games will be televised on the NHL Network, so Bs fans can get a look at a forward that could help Boston at some point next season.

Shane Malloy has his Top 40 prospects for the upcoming NHL Draft at his Art of Scouting blog.

Helene Elliott gives a look at the Los Angeles Kings domination of the Phoenix Coyotes thus far in the Western Conference Finals.

Daniel Alfredsson says that he may have played his last competitive game in the NHL, and that would be sad news in Ottawa indeed.

There will be no rushed decisions on Alain Vigneault and Roberto Luongo, according to the Vancouver Canucks GM. Theyre still emotionally recovering from their regular season loss to the Bruins.

Ian Mendes debuts his column at the Ottawa Citizen and gives out some advice to those media members trying to actually get an answer out of John Tortorella.

Pierre Lebrun with a good take on the dishonesty charge being levied against the Los Angeles Kings as the Coyotes begin to swirl down the playoff drain.

Shea Weber talks about feeling betrayed by Alexander Radulov for his immature behavior during the playoffs that led to his team suspension. It would seem the Russian stars days in Nashville are numbered at this point.

For something completely different: What are the Fifty Shades of Guay? Dont ask me. Just listen to the latest hilarious creation from Toucher and Rich.

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

BRIGHTON -- The on-ice portion of Bruins practice kicked off about an hour later than scheduled at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning.

The B's are reeling, having lost four games in a row for the first time this season after getting dumped by the Penguins, 5-1, in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Their standing in the Atlantic Division, and the playoff picture, is tenuous at best with so many other teams holding games in hand over them, and it truly looks like they're going to slide out of the race if they can’t reverse their fortunes.

So Claude Julien, saying "desperate times call for desperate measures," summoned the players to a video session where flaws, mistakes, half-hearted efforts and bad systems-play was pointed out in front of everyone. The team then took the ice to iron out those problems in an hour-long practice that the embattled Bruins coach hopes will lead to better results in the final two games, against Detroit and Pittsburgh, before the All-Star break.

“He was showing details that we were doing well early on in the season to have success, and little things that we’ve gotten away from that we need to correct,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We need to start doing them again. It’s a game of little details and we need to make sure we do them right.”

While Chara wouldn’t comment on the tone of the video session, it’s clear that things like effort, determination and desperation were probably talking points just as much as fine-tuning Julien’s long-held offensive and defensive systems.

“It’s commitment," said Chara. "That’s for sure, that we need to have everybody doing that. We shouldn’t . . . at this level, at this time of the season, [have to be] asking guys to work hard. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is working hard, and everybody is paying his dues to be in the lineup and earn a spot.

“That’s the No. 1 priority: You have to compete and you have to work hard. Usually when you do those things, good things happen. We’ve got to back to those little things [with] hard work, commitment and competing every shift.”

Will an honest, direct video session between head coach and players be the key to stopping the team’s most demoralizing stretch of the season, and lead to a prolonged winning streak? Only time will tell.

But the Bruins need something to get spinning in an entirely different direction.