Bruins hope to keep Canucks from partying in Hub

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Bruins hope to keep Canucks from partying in Hub

By Danny Picard
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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; The thought of the Vancouver Canucks hoisting the StanleyCup at the TD Garden on Monday night is sickening to most New Englanders.

But the Cup will be in Boston for Game 6, as Vancouver has a3-2 series lead. The thought of that alone is reason enough for the Bruins tobe determined to force a Game 7 back in Vancouver.

Well, I think we want to be the ones to lift the Cup, saidBrad Marchand on Saturday at TD Garden. We want to fight as hard as we possiblycan to make sure that happens. We know that if thats going to happen, we haveto win next game. So we just have to make sure that we do our best to make thatpossible.

The Bruins will have to use the one-game-at-a-timementality from here on out. But if they do force a Game 7 back in Vancouver,the Bs will have plenty of confidence, knowing that all three of their roadlosses in the series were one-goal games.

We were in every game in Vancouver, said Bruins coachClaude Julien on Saturday. And thats important for us, right now, to knowthat if we can play a little better in our building, and create that Game 7,well be a confident group.

So right now, the smaller picture is the most importantthing. And thats to make sure that we create a Game 7, by playing extremelywell here in our own building. And to look any further than that, would be amistake on our part.

The Bruins realize that they werent the more physical teamin Game 5. But they also know that that wasnt their biggest issue. The biggestissue was offensive production. And the Bs hope that offense shows up for Game6, so that they have one more chance in Vancouver.

Lets not hide behind that fact that they outhit us, and they seemed a littlehungrier, said Julien. Thats where we should have been able to push back.And we didnt do that well enough. Were aware of that, and we certainly wouldlike to have another crack at it.

When you dont score, I think you need to improve on morethan the physical play. Thats an area that I dont think weve done a goodenough job, in Vancouver.

It just didnt seem like we had our energy in Game 5,said Marchand. Everyone seemed a little slow, and our legs just werent going.So we just have to make sure we leave everything on the ice next game, and ifwe go down, we go down fighting.

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Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

Julien wonders whether Bruins shutout loss was fatigue-related

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t show anything on the ice in Monday afternoon’s 4-0 matinee loss, and that’s not really any kind of an overstatement.

The scoring chances were almost nonexistent despite 32 shots on net, the second period was dreadful as the Bruins gave up three goals over the course of a six minute span and there was zero added urgency in the third period once the B’s fell behind. The emotion was missing from the drop of the puck to open the game and it never showed up once the Islanders began taking control of the game.

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It was a bitterly disappointing result after the Black and Gold had played so well in their previous five games, and put in strong, winning efforts against the Panthers, Blues and Flyers.

On Monday afternoon, the passes were sloppy and errant all over the ice, there was zero physicality and the Bruins buckled once the Isles turned the intensity up just a little bit in the second period. The game was basically over once Nikolay Kulemin snapped one home wide open from the slot area with Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid and David Krejci all blowing their defensive assignments, and then Tuukka Rask followed it up by allowing a softie to Josh Bailey from a bad angle close to net.  

So Bruins head coach Claude Julien termed it a “flat” performance once it was all over with, and openly wondered whether it was fatigue-related result linked to the compacted schedule Boston has played through this season. Monday marked the seventh straight day that the Bruins held some kind of formal skate, though most of the veteran B's players stayed off the ice during last week's Wednesday off-day practice in Nashville.   

“We were flat tonight, obviously, flat from the get-go. I think that first half of the game, we didn’t give much until they scored that first goal. We were able to stay in, but we certainly weren’t generating much ourselves, from that point of view,” said Claude Julien. “His is really the first year, for me as well, going through a condensed schedule, and I’m certainly not using that as an excuse, is it fatigue?. . . But we were flat tonight. How do you explain it? I don’t know. I know that it’s frustrating. I know that it’s disappointing. That’s all I can say.

“Whether it’s mental fatigue, whatever it is. We made some mistakes tonight like, from the goals you look at, we weren’t even in the position that we’re normally in. So we were totally out of whack, as far as even defending. When you give that first goal that much room in the middle of the ice, your D’s go on the wrong side, your weak-side forward is way on the other side, and you open up the slot area, that’s something I haven’t seen much of this year. I think it said a lot from our game tonight.”

The compacted schedule certainly could be a factor for a Bruins team that’s played more games than anybody else in the Eastern Conference to this point, but the B’s also had 48 hours to recharge after winning a Saturday matinee over the Flyers. So the fatigue excuse seems a little far-fetched for a hockey club that’s no-showed a few too many times this season, and did it again on Monday afternoon against one of the worst teams in the NHL.