Bruins getting back to defensive basics

Bruins getting back to defensive basics
February 17, 2011, 6:43 pm
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By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

UNIONDALE, N.Y. The Bruins are getting ready for a thoroughly winnable two-game road trip against the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators, and the word of the day for the Bs is: Defense.The Bruins have experienced some slippage in the defensive department over the last handful of games, and thats the first order of business after leaders like Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron have called the team out in recent days. The Bs have allowed 20 goals in their last four games, and lost three of the four in the process. Its not our game and its not the way were used to, said Bergeron. Weve got to adjust and get back to whats made us successfully in the past, and get back to what our system is.Its all of the little details. As players we have to play our hearts every night no matter is happening around us. Weve got to make sure we do things right on the ice and get some wins. Newly acquired center Chris Kelly didnt attend the morning skate and theres still some question as to whether hes gong to make it to New York for tonights game as his visa paperwork is holding him up. Coach Claude Julien indicated that Kelly will play if he arrives in time for the game. Patrice Bergeron didnt participate in the optional skate at Nassau Coliseum, but Julien said that Bostons two-way center will play against the Islanders. Tuukka Rask was the only goaltender to take part in the optional skate, which would seem to indicate that Tim Thomas was getting the start. But it also could have been touch and feel practice for Rask before he gets put between the pipes against the Islanders. Its a tough call on the goalie tonight from this address, but the Isles would be the exact kind of opponent designed to get Rask his groove back after a recent slump has dropped him to 5-11-1 with a .916 save percentage and a 2.89 goals against average. For those wondering, Steve Kampfer tweeted about Daniel Paille singing last night in their hotel room and it was confirmed that Paille was belting out Forget you by Cee Lo when he thought nobody was listening on Wednesday night.

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