Bruins not looking past Game 6


Bruins not looking past Game 6

By Joe Haggerty Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON Milan Lucic wasnt even going to entertain it.

As soon as one reporter mentioned a potential Game 7 in Vancouver, he stopped the questioner right in his tracks after the Game 6 morning skate Monday at TD Garden.

"I don't even want to talk about a Game 7 because Game 6 hasn't been played yet, said Lucic before quickly moving on to the next question. The key for us is playing physical, no matter who were playing. When we play with physicality, emotion and energy then thats when we bring our best. We need that from the start.

Electronic Arts Sports, otherwise known as EA Sports video game creators, had the series played out as a seven-game affair with the home game taking each game before things even got started, for goodness sakes and it appears to be playing out exactly that way.

The Bruins have lost three heart-wrenching one-goal games at Rogers Arena, and the Canucks have been waylaid by Boston at TD Garden while looking intimidated by the hostile atmosphere the whole way through.

So it might be easy to assume the Bruins will take Game 6 as a foregone conclusion after pounding the Canucks by an 8-1 score in Game 3 and a 4-0 shutout in Game 4 that saw Roberto Luongo mercifully pulled from the game. The Canucks havent been a great road team this year, and they certainly looked a little shaken and stirred in games in Boston.

But the Bruins have been through assuming things will happen for them in the playoffs.

"Ive heard people are talking about they've won the three games in Vancouver and we've won two games here, so we'll automatically win tonight and then lose in Game 7, said David Krejci. It's a mindset. If you're strong in your mind, then you put these things aside. Were just focused on the job.

You have to put it aside. For some guys its easy and for some guys its a little harder. But thats our only chance to succeed and keep going.

The one-game-at-a-time mantra is a clich to be sure, but its also the way good teams approach a long, challenging championship run like the Bruins have over the last two months. The Bruins learned their lessons well when they blew things to Philly last season, and if they possibly lose Game 6 then it wont be because they looked past their opponents.

As a lot of teams have found out especially us last year up 3-0 against Philly its not over until its over, said Lucic.

The Bruins will be doing everything to make sure its not over tonight on their own home ice.

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Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac


Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."

Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round


Bruins take a flier on skilled Victor Berglund in 7th round

CHICAGO – While the Bruins went strong two-way defenseman early in the 2017 NHL Draft, they took a shot at a more offensive-minded Swedish defenseman late with seventh-round pick of Victor Berglund.

The six-foot, 165-pound Berglund clearly has a way to go in physical development and will need to get much bigger and stronger before he’s potentially ready for the North American pro ranks, but B’s assistant GM Scott Bradley raved about the Swedish defenseman’s skill set and potential. He also noted that Boston’s entire European scouting contingent, including former B’s forward PJ Axelsson, were fully on board with taking a flier on a talented player that simply needs to develop in the Swedish hockey system.

“Our Swedish guys were on top of Berglund. They think he’s a mobile D, he’s ultra-skilled and he skates well. He’s a six-footer, but [PJ Axelsson, Svenake Svensson and Victor Nybladh] were all pounding the table for him,” said Bradley. “We went along with it and I think we might have something there. Talking to his strength coach after the fact he’s working on putting some muscle and weight on, so we look forward to seeing him at development camp.”

In 62 games at three different levels, Berglund posted five goals and 18 points last season and displayed the kind of speed, creativity and play-making that one needs from their defensemen in today’s NHL.

"I'm an offensive defenseman, who likes to play with the puck, with a great short pass," said Berglund. "I like to follow the rush up ice and want the puck."

It will be a matter of building size and strength and for Berglund to continue developing his game in Sweden for the time being, but the Bruins are certainly happy with him at the 195th pick in Saturday’s second day of the draft.