Bruins go old school
|02.03.10 at 1:24 pm ET|
BELMONT ‘ Looking for some positive energy and a change of fortune, the Bruins got on the bus and went to school Wednesday.
Still mired in an extended losing streak following a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals Tuesday, the B’s opted to practice at the Belmont Hill School instead of their normal practice rink in Wilmington.
‘It’s just a change of scenery, something a little different,’ coach Claude Julien said. ‘It’s something [GM] Peter [Chiarelli] thought would be good for the team.’
Any kind of change for the B’s will probably be a good thing as they prepare to end an eight-game losing streak hosting Montreal Thursday.
‘It’s fun, it’s nice facility,’ said veteran forward Mark Recchi who has seen struggling teams try every trick in the book to end losing streaks.
‘We’re just trying to work our way out of this, trying stay positive and to stick together,’ said Recchi. ‘Wherever we practice it doesn’t really matter. We still have to stay positive.’
Skating on the Olympic-size rink at the school, the Bruins worked on finding ways to improve the team’s offense. The B’s have scored the fewest goals in the NHL, but are showing signs of starting break out of their scoring drought. They launched 42 shots at Capitals goalie Jose Theodore Tuesday.
‘We had nine really good scoring chances in the second period and nothing to show for it,’ Julien said. ‘When you have nine scoring chances you should at least have a goal or two or three. That’s where we are really getting hurt right now. Those scoring chances we’re not able to bury them.’
Defenseman Matt Hunwick, who made a blind clearing pass that was intercepted and converted into the game-winning goal in Tuesday’s loss did not practice Wednesday. Julien said Hunwick and forward Steve Begin had been given a ‘maintenance’ day off.