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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Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

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Tuesday, Sept. 27: Jumbo Joe energizes Team Canada

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering exactly what “semi-exact” means.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Josh Cooper has a piece on Jumbo Joe Thornton bringing an ageless energy to Team Canada.

*If you’re wondering where former B’s farmhand goaltender Jeremy Smith ended up, he’s now with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The Hockey News believes that the Bruins will be back in the playoffs this season after a two-year absence.

*While I appreciate the Hockey News linking to my work, I feel like it’s a key piece of info that I’m the Bruins Insider for CSN New England and not NESN.

*Is Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger the man with the plan to defeat a Team Canada juggernaut in the World Cup of Hockey.

*Dustin Byfuglien had an interesting take on the World Cup after flaming out with Team USA: “It is what it is. I didn’t really enjoy it.”

*For something completely different: this is not your father’s Converse, but it’s a sleek look that the kids are gonna love.

 

 

Young Bruins ‘acquitted themselves well’ in preseason debut

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Young Bruins ‘acquitted themselves well’ in preseason debut

BOSTON – It was an excellent night for the many varied Bruins prospects in the preseason opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The B’s eventually dropped the game in a 3-2 shootout loss at TD Garden, but not before some of their young players showed exactly what they can do.

“For sure it’s a lot of fun. Coming in here everybody’s a little nervous, but it was, once you’re out there, it’s just fun. It was good to see the young guys out there,” said former University of Denver standout Danton Heinen, who scored the tying strike in the third period on a redirect. “It was definitely adjusting. You don’t totally know what to expect and then once the game went on I kind of felt a little more comfortable. We started playing better as a team.”

Former first-round pick Jake DeBrusk set up the B’s first goal with Jimmy Hayes by executing a nifty give-and-go at the Columbus net, and young skaters Jakub Zboril and Austin Czarnik made the initial transition passes that led up to the goal. In the third period Danton Heinen redirected a Brandon Carlo point shot from the slot area, and scored in his first career game played at TD Garden in an impressive show of hand-eye coordination.

Carlo, Czarnik, DeBrusk, Zboril and Heinen all had strong performances on the score sheet and at both ends of the ice, and that’s exactly what the Bruins coaching staff wanted to see with NHL jobs potentially up for grabs in main camp.

“A lot of young players in the lineup, I won’t go through all of them, but I thought quite a few of them acquitted themselves well,” said Bruins assistant coach Bruce Cassidy. “They were given opportunities to do that. I think some of them certainly took advantage of it, and did a nice job.”

It was good that the young players stepped up and made a nice impression in the preseason debut because the veteran players will cut into their opportunities once the World Cup of Hockey crew gets sprinkled into the mix starting this week.