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B's Have Work Cut Out for Them

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 1:36 PM / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  -
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B\'s Have Work Cut Out for Them
BOSTON, MA – The scoring opportunities were plentiful for the Bruins in last night’s victory over the Washington Capitals, but despite landing 30 shots on net, the Black & Gold managed just one goal – all that was needed for the overtime victory.

But moving forward into Game 2, captain Zdeno Chara said it’s important for the team to take advantage of the opportunities.

“We would like to see more than one goal, that’s for sure,” Chara said after today’s practice at TD Garden. “We were close, but not close enough to put them in. That’s one of the areas we would like to better at in Game 2.”

But the underlying story behind the missed opportunities stemmed from the power play, as the Bruins were 0-4 with just seven shots during the man-advantage.

Passes were bouncing under and over sticks, rather than sticking on crisp, tape-to-tape passes.

“I think a lot of times we tried to make the extra play, the extra pass,” Chara said, who runs the point on one of the two PP units. “Sometimes we over look those simple shots, so maybe just simplify it a little bit.”

After a strong week of practice, which featured a heavy amount of special teams work, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was rather surprised when the team struggled to score.

“Our guys weren’t seeing much,” Julien said after the win. “There was some openings we could have used, and we were dusting the puck a little bit too much versus shooting it, and, you know, when we made some of those passes, some of those guys should have ripped a shot right way, and instead, we stopped and we started looking for another play.

“It’s unfortunate because at practice this week, I thought our guys were moving the puck well, and they were finding the openings that we didn’t find [last night].”

That said, Julien made it clear that the team wasn’t going to get hung up on it, more than they were going to work on it to make it better.

At today’s practice, the power play did exactly that, as they spent the better part of the last 20 minutes of the session cycling the puck.

When pressed on the issue after practice, Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo reiterated Julien’s philosophy to move past it.

“[We were] taking the shot ]last night] and getting it blocked instead of making the last pass,” Corvo said. “I think that all comes with the nerves of the first playoff game and the excitement and the wanting to score so bad and shooting everything.

“There’s never any panic. It’s in the back of your mind that your getting all these chances and you’re not scoring and they can turn on you and they can sneak one out, but there was never any panic.”




1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43


P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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