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; Down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins know that changes must be made.
After returning to Boston on Sunday for Games 3 and 4, theBs are confident in their physical style. Quite frankly, they arent the leastbit concerned about that part of their game.
But theres no denying that the scoring chances must come ata higher quality, beginning Monday night, if the Bruins want to make this aseries.
Were never pleased with the amount of scoring chances wehave, said Bruins coach Claude Julien on Sunday at the TD Garden. You alwaystry and get more, and I think you have to ask your players to maybe createmore, obviously, in that area.
Thats one of the areas I think that if we can improve on,and make it a little harder for them to defend against our offense, itscertainly going to help our chances, obviously.
I thought we were a little better in Game 2, addedJulien. But not good enough.
In order to get better scoring chances, the Bruins realize theyhave to do a better job of getting bodies in front of Canucks goaltenderRoberto Luongo.
Obviously start with some traffic in front and find away to get to the front of the net, said Patrice Bergeron. They'redoing a good job of boxing us out, but that shouldnt be an excuse. We need tofind a way. Were in the finals.
Yes, Luongos doing a good job on the first shot, if hesees it. But if he has some traffic, going out there for the rebounds,obviously thats going to create some havoc.
To pressure Luongo, the Bruins know they need good breakouts, and take better care of the puck in their ownzone and the neutral zone.
Goaltender Tim Thomas has the B's strugglewith that puck management. But he also sent a subtle message to his teammates onSunday, about making Luongos job moredifficult.
Ive been busy just trying to do my own job, said Thomas.I think Luongos played well, with what hes been tested with. But I dontthink weve tested him enough. Thats part of the reason were down 2-0 in theseries.
But maybe the biggest aspect that's overlooked will be the adjustment that the Bruins won't have to make in Games 3 and 4, with regards to line changes.
As the home team, Julien now has the upper-hand in getting the matchups he wants, thanks to the rule that allows the home team to make the last change before a faceoff.
@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"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Its about mixing and matching, and Im going to have abetter opportunity here in these next two games of having more of my say withregards to that," said Julien.
And with that advantage, count on the Canucks to make adjustments of their own.
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