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Bear Essentials: March 24th

Tuesday, 03.24.2009 / 10:46 AM ET / Bish's Blog
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Bear Essentials: March 24th
3:19 p.m.
After practice, Bruins head coach Claude Julien was asked if he could remember ever having a big break in the middle of March.

"I don’t think I can remember if I did or not," said Julien, who surmised that it must not have happened if "it doesn’t come to mind."

"It’s something very different. I think last year we had 16 games in 30 days in March.

"So it’s a big difference from last year," he said.

As far as his own mindset going into this week, Julien talked about his m.o.

"I think you have to stay fresh, but at the same time you also have to maintain your sharpness," he said. "Obviously feel pretty good about our last game, so somehow we need to bring that into Saturday’s game -- there’s a big gap between those two games -- so in between you have to maintain it mentally.

"Hopefully on the ice with your practices…you maintain that edge that you need at this time of the year."

So what does the rest of the week look like?

"We’re actually going to be taking it day by day with our schedule," said Julien. "Saying that, we’ll be practicing [on Wednesday] and we’ll see how things go and adjust as we go along here as we go along."

"Having a set schedule was probably not the right thing," continued Julien, who pointed to his changing the clubs day off to Monday. "After the game against New Jersey I think it was, not just fitting, but I think with the effort the guys put in, they needed the day off.

So, we’re going to go day by day.

10:47 a.m.

The Bruins are on the ice and only David Krejci and Chuck Kobasew are missing. Yesterday, the entire team had the day off.

And with the Bruins in the midst of a five-day break, there are many disparate theories about how much rest is too much rest.

You would think, asking the players (and the writers, for that matter), more is better, but that’s not necessarily true.

“When you have a good game like this you want to jump right back at her,” said veteran winger Marc Recchi after the B’s win on Sunday. “But on the same hand, you don't get very often at the end of the year when you've played 73 games that you get five day break and get some rest and get some good training in.

“You have to take advantage of it and in the long run, I think it will be good for the team.

“I think if the guys understand what we did tonight, and how we did it, and kind of the way that the team played throughout the course of the year, we’ll be ready Saturday and from then on,” he said.

Michael Ryder agreed that the time off would be beneficial.

“It’s definitely a little different, but I think it’s a good time for us to just get a little bit of rest and I think after the win [Sunday], it’s going to be easier for us in practice just to work on things.

“If we didn’t play our best…it would have been tough to have those four days off.

“So, I think it’s a big factor just to rest and work on the rest of our game,” he said.




1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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