Just As Hungry
WILMINGTON, MA -- Head Coach Claude Julien wasn't willing to give anyone anything to work with as the B's prepared for tomorrow's Game 7 with the Washington Capitals, but one thing was certain - Patrice Bergeron, who did not skate today, will be in the lineup tomorrow.
"He's fine, he played last game and he's going to play next game," said Julien.
But asked what the Bruins had done to break out of postseason scoring drought, he demurred.
"I don't know why you guys keep asking me these questions, because I'm certainly not going to start telling you what are trick is of scoring more goals so that they can adjust," said Julien. "We're definitely getting more shots on net and we're definitely more involved around the net front area, that's about it."
The B's have certainly given the Caps more to think about, as Rich Peverley, David Krejci, Andrew Ference and Tyler Seguin helped spread out the scoring during Game 6, but Julien also gave credit to the Caps for making it difficult on the Bruins throughout the quarterfinals.
"They're a good hockey club and that's why those situations keep happening," said Julien of the B's losing the lead in Game 6. "You look at the tying goal that's really off a faceoff and I mean we lose a draw and at the same we have two guys there, everybody's close, it went through a player's legs and snuck through Timmy [Thomas].
"So, those are things that are going to happen, you can't just keep harping on it. You can say you got to win draws, but in the game you lose some and you win some. Some of those goals were just goals that happened, same thing you got a guy sacrificing himself to block a shot on their first goal.
"He holds off, he gets up, and then he shoots wide but hits our guy's knee and goes in," added Julien.
But over the last two seasons, the B's have created their own breaks as well and hope to use their experience to their advantage in Game 7.
"How you handle the pressure of those games and how you conduct yourself and everything else is what you gain from playing in those [important games] and that's why I'm hoping our experience from the past is going to help us approach this game the best way possible," said Julien, who said this year's squad is just as hungry as the 2011 Cup-winners.
"I don't see a difference in our guys," said Julien. "Again, our team really fought hard through the first round last year and even...had a tougher uphill climb than we've had this year.
"So basically we've gone through it and I think what happens is you get through the crunch here and for us to get through tomorrow will only make us better moving forward. So, that's what we have to look at right now. Personally I don't think anything's change from last year's hunger to this year's hunger – I still the same thing in our players.
"I do not sense a single person in our dressing that doesn't want to go through it again."