Countdown to Game 7: B's work on power play

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Countdown to Game 7: B's work on power play

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- As the Bruins mentally prepare for tonights Game 7 with theTampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden, one thing on their minds will be thepower play.

The Bruins did score a power-play goal in Wednesday nightsloss in Tampa, and finished the game 1-for-5 on the man advantage. Only problemwas, the Lightning went 3-for-4.

On Friday morning, Bruins coach Claude Julien said theresno room for panic about the power play, which has struggled mightily thispostseason. All they can do now is generate more shots.

You cant let it mentally get to you, said Julien. I think youve got tohave some resilience. Youve got to have some determination. And thats whatwere pushing our guys to be. Last game, 1-out-of-5 is 20 percent. And I think20 percent is usually pretty good, but when the other team is 3-for-4, itcertainly overshadows that.

Youve got to make some adjustments on your power play, butI dont think its one of those situations where youve got to panic, addedJulien. Youve got to stay positive, and youve got to find solutions, andthats what were doing.

The need to get more shots on net during power play is evenmore important when Zdeno Chara is providing a screen out front, which is thestrategy the Bruins have been using as of late.

Its only an advantage if we get pucks to the net, saidJulien. "I think thats the bottom line here. If youre going to put Chara infront, you might as well get some pucks to the net, and find ways to do that.So thats part of our process here, to move the puck around and get someshots.

Julien said hed also like to see more shots from defensemanTomas Kaberle, on the power play.

The only thing youve always heard about Tomas is, youdlike to see him shoot the puck more, said Julien. Theres times on the powerplay where, if he has that shooting lane, like we said with Zdeno in front,youve got to shoot.

It doesnt have to be a big shot. It can be a wrist shot.It can be anything.

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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