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Bear Essentials: March 2nd

Monday, 03.2.2009 / 10:41 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bear Essentials: March 2nd
3:59 p.m.
Click the picture to watch Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien address the media on Monday.
By now, the Bruins are all back home resting up for Tuesday's tilt with Philly.

One player, Matt Hunwick, might have a little more on his plate, though.

Hunwick, who is usually a defenseman, is a prime candidate for the B's blue line, the top forward line (or even the press box) on Tuesday.

"Yeah, we’ve got to see [about] Lucic’s situation, and how things are going with him," said Julien. "He’s a possibility for tomorrow."

But if he can't go, Matt Hunwick is a decent possibility to line up in the left wing spot on the first line.

"I’m definitely happy to get on the ice and help in any way that I can," said Hunwick on Monday. "I had a lot of fun last game, playing with Savvy and Phil, and obviously that line is known for their speed and their passing, so I was happy to go out there and just try to compliment them the best I could."

Hunwick was 1-1-2 on the night and seemed to fit in quite well, but the young D-man admitted that getting a practice in beforehand may have helped smooth the transition.

"I think it probably helped, practicing as a forward the day before, getting some reps in that day," he said. "We didn’t have an overly long practice, and there wasn’t tons of stuff, as far as lines were concerned, but we did some two-on-one stuff, and we also did some three-on-two stuff.

"Just getting the feel for it the day before the game probably did help me."

Was there any reaction from former teammates on the switch?

"I’ve had texts and stuff from different guys that I’ve played with," said Hunwick. "They think it’s funny."


11:34 a.m.
The session is winding down. We should be in the locker room for comment, soon.


11:07 a.m.
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
Practice remains intense.

Again, that's not shocking. Re-reading Zdeno Chara's comments makes me think that more than one player on the team is determined to help the B's bounce back on Tuesday.

"A point is better than nothing, but two is even better," said Chara. "We wanted to win tonight, that’s for sure.  But, they’re a good team, they have some really skilled guys, they make a difference in the game, and we did a pretty good job overall.

"But there’s always things we need to improve and get better at."

Like what, Zee?

"We were aggressive, we were forcing them to back off, and eventually we got rewarded when they started taking some penalties," he said on Saturday. "We didn’t do that for the first...[but then] we took some penalties, and if you give a team like that a chance on power plays, you know they’re going to capitalize.

"Overall, like I said, we battled hard for the time.  It’s just unfortunate the way it ended."


10:54 a.m.
The B's  have some pretty good jump. But that's not all that shocking as Bruins head coach Claude Julien seemed to tweak some noses in his postgame remarks.

"This was a big game, and I guess I thought that we had some of our players tonight that weren’t up to the standards that we needed them to be," he said on Saturday night.  "That kind of took away from the whole team game.

"But the guys that were [up to the standards] played well, and, again, it was just one of those games where discipline was a must.

"We had addressed that before the game, but we took too many penalties," he said.


10:44 a.m.

The Bruins have made it through the ice and snow and are practicing at Ristuccia.

Unfortunately, Milan Lucic has joined Petteri Nokelainen on the scarlet squad -- those players wearing red non-contact jerseys.

Everyone else is on the ice.

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