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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Saturday, Oct. 22: Coyotes' growing pains


Saturday, Oct. 22: Coyotes' growing pains

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while suffering from the same “general soreness” as Tuukka Rask.

*The Arizona Coyotes are suffering from growing pains that were extremely evident during a winless road trip.

*Steve Dangle is obviously jacked and pumped about his Maple Leafs, but wondering about the future of Roman Polak. But aren’t we all at this point?

*Old friends Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg both scored the victorious Islanders in a Friday night win.

*Clarke MacArthur isn’t ready to retire even as concussion issues are really starting to impact his ability to stay on the ice.

*Teemu Selanne gives fellow Finn Patrick Laine a thumbs up as he was in town for events with his former Winnipeg Jets.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details on noted Bruins killer Dale Weise getting suspended for three games after some dirty activity with the Philadelphia Flyers.

*For something completely different: Geoff Edgers has been trying to reach Bill Murray for weeks, and here’s what happened when he finally called back.


Bruins looking for a lift from stagnant power play


Bruins looking for a lift from stagnant power play

BRIGHTON, Mass. – One area where the Bruins are looking for more after a mostly positive first four regular-season games: the power play.

The B’s are a downright gross 1-for-14 on the man-advantage to start the season and were 0-for-4 on Thursday night while squeaking out a last-minute win over the New Jersey Devils. The early-season 7.1 percent success rate doesn’t have them last in the NHL, but only the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames have performed at a lower PP clip.

It’s a subject that Claude Julien knew was coming from the B’s media, and so he was ready to answer for it ahead of Saturday night’s rivalry renewal with the Montreal Canadiens.

“I knew it was just a matter of time before that question came. It is what it is. I think we had some opportunities, but we haven’t finished,” said Julien. “At the end of the day our power play is judged by whether you score or not, and I thought our second period [vs. the Devils] wasn’t great. But our third period had some really good power plays, but we didn’t manage to score.

“Where we need to get to right now [on the power play], is to find a way to finish. There’s no doubt the absence of Patrice Bergeron there brings somebody else in, and maybe there’s not as much chemistry as we’re used to. But I think with him back now we can even be better, and get a little more movement…not be so stagnant. When we struggle a bit it’s because we’re a little stagnant, and we need to get a little better there.”

Quite a bit of the struggles go back to Bergeron missing the first three games of the season and the top power-play unit missing No. 37 from his trademark bumper role at the center of the PP action. The power play remained scoreless as the unit adjusted to Bergeron's return on Thursday night, but it seemed that things started to click a little bit as that game went on.

“It’s not moving right now. We’ll just work through it. There were times last year where it let us down, and there were times last year where it helped us through some tough moments,” said Torey Krug of the PP. “Right now we’re able to play through it, but at some point this team is going to need this PP to step up and score some goals. We rely on that, and the guys on the power play take a lot of pride in it.

“[Bergeron] does a lot of things for us. Instead of me having to go all the way to the other end to break the puck out where I’m losing 20 seconds and frankly it’s tiring to break the puck out, now we have him winning face-offs and we’re starting with the puck in the zone. That’s a big thing, and he collects puck like nobody else in the league. With him back on the power play it brings another important player to the forefront, but it’s a five man unit and when everything’s working out there [on the PP] we have a good unit.”

Now with Ryan Spooner expected to rejoin the B’s lineup, after being healthy scratch vs. New Jersey, that adds another dangerous power-play weapon that practiced with that unit on Saturday morning ahead of the traditional morning skate. The hope is that installing Bergeron and Spooner will help kick-start a special teams unit that’s been less than explosive, and not quite cohesive, in the first four games of the season.