Bruins aren't dwelling on the past


Bruins aren't dwelling on the past

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; A day later, the message was clear. The Bruins, who blew a3-0 Game 4 lead in Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon, are moving forward from the5-3 loss and are strictly focusing on Game 5.

Coach Claude Julien said on Sunday afternoon that thenegatives have been addressed, and its time to put the Game 4 collapse behindthem.

Were fine, said Julien at the TD Garden. This is whathockeys all about. Its a tight series, and we understand that we didnt do avery good job from the second period on. You have to think about what you needto do tomorrow, to be able to bounce back. And thats all were thinking aboutright now.

You make corrections, you make adjustments, you do thethings you have to do, but when youre this far into the playoffs, youcertainly dont let the mental part of the game get to you.

Its that mental part of another Bruins collapse that couldbe a concerning factor for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals. Buteverybody in the locker room said the same thing on Sunday -- that it will dothem no good to dwell on a previous loss.

In the playoffs, a loss is a loss, and you have to put thataside, Julien said. And you have to move on. You cant carry that baggagewith you.

Oh, were fine," said Mark Recchi. Its a best-of-threenow. We went down there. We kept home ice. We did the job we had to do. Youtake a loss like yesterday, and you cant worry about it. If you dwell on it,its just going to screw you up. So weve got to take the positives from it,and get ready for tomorrow.

If you dwell on it too much, and let it bring you down,its only going to make things worse, Milan Lucic said. In the playoffs, itsnot time to start second-guessing yourself.

Thats not to just completely act like nothing happened.While the Bruins mindset seems to be Game 5 and Game 5 only, they do realizewhat they did wrong.

We were doing things that were uncharacteristic, Lucic said. We werent sharp, like we were the four periods prior. We got away fromour game. We definitely sat back, and those are things you have to learn from,and address.

When were a determined group, were a hard team to playagainst. I think yesterday, especially in the last two periods,we didnt play that determined style, and we were an easy team to playagainst.

I think everybody understands what we did wrong, because wecertainly addressed it, Julien said. Now its time to turn the page andcorrect those things and move on . . . We havent changed a ton of things. Youmake minor adjustments, but you dont change your system, and you dont changeyour style of play. So we just have to be focused on tomorrow, making sure thatwhat we did in the first period yesterday, is what we have to do for threeperiods.

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Cassidy quells goaltender controversy: 'Tuukka's our No. 1 goalie'

Cassidy quells goaltender controversy: 'Tuukka's our No. 1 goalie'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While the sequence of events over the past couple of days could understandably lead one to wonder who will start between the pipes for the Bruins on Tuesday night vs. Nashville, interim coach Bruce Cassidy tried to quell any hint of a goalie controversy.

The vote of confidence was certainly needed after Anton Khudobin’s fifth consecutive win halted the B's four-game losing streak with a huge 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Saturday night in the wake of Rask’s absence while tending to a short-term lower body issue.  

“[Rask] had a good practice today. I spoke with him. We’ll see how he wakes up tomorrow and we’ll make our decision. He’s our No. 1 goalie, so there’s no way we can skirt our way around that issue. He’s our No. 1 and his health is very important. When he’s physically ready to go and he tells me that, then we’ll make that decision,” said Cassidy. “He’s a guy that’s played a lot of hockey this year...and he’s not a 240-pound goaltender that can handle all of the games, all of the workload every year. We know that. I’m not going to put limitations on him, but we probably overused him at the start of the year. At this time of year, it gets tougher and tougher with any player that’s been overplayed.

“That’s why we have two goaltender, and [Anton Khudobin] has really stepped up in that last stretch and done what’s asked of him. He’s fixed that area of our game. It’s nice to have a guy that’s your No. 2 that can win you hockey games and play well. It’s a great problem to have, to be honest with you. But Tuukka is our No. 1. But Tuukka is our No. 1. He’s our guy.”

Rask declared himself fit to play after going through a full Monday practice with no issues, but said he’s still waiting to hear the final word on whether he’ll play on Tuesday night vs. the Predators. The Bruins franchise goalie also said he isn’t worried about any recurrence of the lower body injury that “popped up” in the Tampa Bay loss Thursday night, which really doesn’t bring any clarity to the entire situation.

“It was a good day back on the ice. I feel good. We’ll see what the decision is [for the Nashville game], but I feel good today,” said Rask, who is 8-8 with a .892 save percentage and a 2.91 goals-against average since the All-Star break, compared to Khudobin’s 2-0-0 with a .920 save percentage and 1.98 goals-against average. “You need to put the best lineup out as possible, and I wasn’t in any shape to play. So, there are no easy decisions this time of year, but I’ve played a lot of hockey and injuries happen. We talked to the training staff and managers and came to a decision that [Khudobin] was going to play the game, and that’s it.

“It’s obviously tough from a personal standpoint, but it’s never about one guy or two guys. It’s a team game and I feel confident that we’re going to get the job done as long as we play the way we did. It was great to see.”

Clearly, it looks like Rask is going to play vs. Nashville and that’s the safe, easy decision when it comes to a No. 1 goalie getting paid $7 million a season and perhaps it all works out with a fired up Finnish netminder after sitting out Saturday night. But nobody is going to be faulted if they wonder what’s going to wrong with Rask ahead of the next gigantic game Boston will have to play with the Stanley Cup playoffs on the line. 

Krejci leaves practice early with 'upper body issue'

Krejci leaves practice early with 'upper body issue'

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins returned to work on Monday after a big win over the weekend, but were one man down by the end of practice at Warrior Ice Arena. David Krejci exited the ice early on Monday and coach Bruce Cassidy said that the playmaking center is battling a bit of an upper body issue.

That was the reason for his abbreviated practice appearance ahead of the game Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

“He’s got a bit of an upper body issue, he’s got a little discomfort,” said Cassidy of Krejci, who has one point and a minus-4 rating over his past four games. “He got treated and I believe he’ll be fine tomorrow. I don’t think it’s anything major, but I can’t speculate [on it]. But that’s the issue.”

There was no play that sticks out from the Saturday night win over the Islanders were Krejci might have hurt himself, but the team’s hope is obviously that it’s something the 30-year-old can keep playing through.

With Krejci having left the ice, Ryan Spooner bumped up to the second line with the following line combos and D-pairings finishing out an hour-long practice:







C. Miller-K. Miller