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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Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Pred's Rinne

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Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Pred's Rinne

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering how much of a dark cloud Slava Voynov’s presence is going to bring to the World Cup of Hockey.

*PHT’s Joey Alfieri tracks the ups and downs of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a frustrating season.

*Jonathan Drouin says that he “definitely wants to be” part of the Tampa Bay Lightning after a very rocky year with a happy ending for all.

*Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, Taylor Hall was one of a number of deserving Canadian players – including P.K. Subban -- left off the roster.

*The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their inaugural season in the league.

*Ottawa Senators senior advisor Bryan Murray is still getting used to a new role after a change in the Sens front office structure.

*Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has plenty of reasons to be proud after a very good year running hockey ops for the Penguins.

*For something completely different: this January Rolling Stone magazine piece on Stevie Nicks was an excellent retrospective.

 

 

Marchand: Selection to Canada World Cup 'on a different level'

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Marchand: Selection to Canada World Cup 'on a different level'

Bruins left wing Brad Marchand definitely altered a lot of people’s perceptions about him as a hockey player when he scored 37 goals this season, and embraced more of a leadership role on a B’s team getting younger by the year. The B’s agitator started to reap the rewards of those changed opinions with a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships in Russia earlier this month, and on Friday with his inclusion on a ridiculously talented Team Canada roster set for the NHL and NHLPA-organized World Cup of Hockey in the fall.

Marchand will join linemate Patrice Bergeron and head coach Claude Julien as part of the Team Canada contingent, and could even be part of a reunited Marchand-Bergeron-Tyler Seguin line if Mike Babcock and Co. are looking for instant chemistry.

Either way Marchand was excited about suiting up for his country, and being part of a World Cup tournament that will include Bruins players Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara, David Pastrnak, David Krejci (who may not be available to play due to his hip surgery), Loui Eriksson and Dennis Seidenberg along with the Team Canada contingent.

“It’s an incredible honor to play for Team Canada. It’s something that I think we all take a lot of pride in, and something that is…it’s not an easy accomplishment,” said Marchand. “It’s not something you get to do very often, and to have that opportunity twice this year is very special and it’s not something I take for granted

“I think being part of a team like this is on a different level, and people may give a little more respect to that fact and may look at more of the kind of player I am, other than just the stuff they’ve seen in the past, with the hits and being a pest and stuff like that. Maybe those people will realize that I’m an OK hockey player, and I do play the game as well. But regardless, that’s not why I play the game. I play it to help our team win and just because I love the game, so however they feel, then that’s their opinion. But [earning more respect league-wide] is a possibility.”

This is the fifth time Marchand has been selected to compete for his home country of Canada in international play. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward tallied four goals and three assists in 10 games while helping Canada earn a gold medal at the aforementioned 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championships, held earlier this month in Russia. Marchand previously won gold with Team Canada at the U-20 World Championships in 2007 and 2008. He also earned a bronze medal with Team Canada Atlantic at the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will take place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams comprised of more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final. 

The involvement of so many Bruins players along with Julien will make for a spare NHL camp in Boston come September with so many important pieces out for what is traditionally the first two weeks of camp.