Peverley's goal just what Julien wants to see

Peverley's goal just what Julien wants to see
April 29, 2013, 12:00 am
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BOSTON -- Turn the page. Score some goals. One of those two things is easier than the other.

The Bruins lost 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators in the regular-season finale on Sunday night. Afterward, it was clear. They've moved on.

They'll have a day off on Monday, and then they'll get to work on their first-round playoff opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

As for the goal-scoring, B's coach Claude Julien seemed to express his frustrations with his team's offense following the loss.

"Again, lots of scoring chances," said Julien. "And when you don't bury them, eventually the other team comes in and scores."

The Bruins scored two goals on 36 shots against the Senators on Sunday. One of those goals came from Rich Peverley. In 47 games, it was just his sixth goal of the season.

It was exactly the type of goal that Julien described after the game.

"It's pretty simple," said Julien. "You've got to get your nose a little dirtier. You've got to have the confidence to shoot. Just [Saturday] night, we had five scoring chances [that missed] the net. If you don't hit the net, you don't score. We have to hit the net."

The play started with Peverley taking the puck from his own zone -- while on a 5-on-4 power play -- and skating it hard up the middle of the ice, knowing there was only 10 seconds left in the second period as he left his own zone.

Peverley flipped it over to a streaking Wade Redden down the right wing, but Redden lost his handle on the pass and he chased it down to the right half-wall inside the Senators' zone. Redden got his nose dirty by sacrificing his body and taking the big hit along the boards from Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot, in order to get to the puck first and send a pass back out to Peverley, who was streaking down into the right circle.

And whether it was with confidence, or the knowledge that there was just 3.4 seconds left in the period, Peverley took the quick shot from the right circle and beat Senators goaltender Robert Lehner to the low-left corner of the net, cutting Ottawa's lead to 2-1.

When Peverley was acquired by the Bruins two seasons ago at the trade deadline, he became an immediate difference-maker. And that continued in the playoffs, where he scored four goals and had eight assists to go with it in 25 playoff games.

His presence on the ice was felt. He added depth. And it was that depth that helped the Bruins win a Stanley Cup.

The word "depth" was not something that came out of Julien's mouth after the regular-season finale. His team's biggest problem, he believes, is goal-scoring.

"Probably our biggest challenge going into the playoffs is the ability to score some goals," said Julien. "If we can find that, it'll make a big difference in our team.

"At the end of the day, that's the main thing that I think is hurting us."

Still, the way Julien has put together his lineup recently, it's clear that "depth" goes a long way in his team's goal-scoring ability.

If Julien's plan is to not stack a few lines, and roll all 12 forwards consistently, then the Bruins will need guys such Peverley to do exactly what he did on Sunday night.

Sure, more scoring from him would be nice. But not even that. The play he made to get the puck from his own corner all the way down to create a scoring opportunity in less than 10 seconds was amazing enough, even if he didn't score.

Peverley turned on the jets, and the urgency of having to get one more scoring chance before the period -- and power play -- was over, is what these Bruins need more of.

Perhaps Julien shouldn't have mentioned the "ability to score some goals." Perhaps he should have said the team's biggest issue is "the urgency to utilize the ability to score some goals."

Whatever it was that clicked in Peverley's head to create the Bruins' first goal on Sunday, he'll need to do more of it.

Because he's been to the playoffs before. And he knows what it takes to win the Cup. Most of this Bruins team does. That's not the issue.

"Experience is always something that you want to take and you want to use whenever you can," said Peverley. "I think we've got that experience in this room. I think we look like we're a pretty determined group right now. We're pretty upset about the way the game went tonight. But, like I said, turn the page and for a lot of us, looking forward to a fresh start."

If anyone needs a fresh start in a "new season," it's probably Peverley. His season has been disappointing.

Peverley's goal on Sunday was his first in nine games. Being just his sixth in 47 games, he never got on a roll.

And as a third-liner on a completely healthy Bruins team, everyone knows Peverley can shoot. They've seen him bury. They've seen him create like he did on Sunday night.

Julien blamed the team's shooting issues on "concentration" and "focus." He didn't single anyone out. But Peverley certainly isn't an exception.

"We can do it 100 times in practice and hit the net 100 times," said Julien while sending his goal-scoring message. "We've just got to focus a little bit more in that area. That'll solve part of the issue."

Peverley seemed focused to not just create the scoring opportunity on Sunday, but also to finish.

Now that the playoffs have arrived, and the team's biggest challenge known, the Bruins certainly won't tell him to stop shooting.