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Andy Brickley on D&C: Bruins ‘gripping the sticks too tight’

02.22.12 at 11:24 am ET

Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Wednesday to talk about the Bruins’ recent scoring troubles and their game against the Blues Wednesday night.

The Bruins, who have lost three of their last four games and have had injury problems with their forwards, face off against a stingy Blues team that has the third-most points in the Western Conference.

“This could be a huge game for Boston in terms of just winning the game and getting a couple of goals and knowing you beat one of the best defensive teams,” Brickley said. “Keep in mind they’€™ve played Montreal, they’€™ve played Winnipeg, they’€™ve played Minnesota; these are teams they should handle even if they aren’€™t 100 percent and they don’€™t have their full lineup. These are teams they should handle. The Bruins are superior teams to these teams. Maybe they go into this game as an underdog and maybe that’€™s the psyche that they have to have.”

Added Brickley: “Claude [Julien] has left that [Patrice] Bergeron line together ‘€” [Brad] Marchand, Bergeron, [Tyler] Seguin. He’€™s starved for goals, he being Claude. The team, as you pointed out, they need some goals and he’€™s left that line together thinking that he can at least rely on them to get some offensive production. I need that line to be real good tonight, I need Zdeno Chara to be really good tonight. You’re going to get some contributions from your role players, and when you’re injured the way they are with two top-six forwards out, those are the guys that have to deliver.”

Brickley said that a win over the Blues would come at the perfect time for the B’s.

“Even if they win this game 2-1, 3-2, low scoring, fight for every inch of the ice, I think this could be a really good victory if they can pull one out against a real good defensive team,” Brickley said. “And it will put them in a better frame of mind, because right now they are gripping the sticks too tight.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

On the Bruins’ offensive problems: “I think the players themselves right now, they’re uncomfortable when they get in scoring areas. I hate using that word confidence, but they aren’€™t confident. When the coach is barking at you to get to the scoring areas and to get traffic in front of the net, now you don’t want to miss the net, so now your shots are dead center instead of just inside of the post where they would normally be if you were relaxed and your blood pressure was nice and controlled when you get into the scoring areas. That’€™s the stuff that you fight as a player when you play this game and the puck’s not going into the net.”

On what Julien can do to right the ship: “I know Claude was really, really upset after the Winnipeg game. Yeah, they’€™ve had hard practices, he’€™s tried to get their attention, he’€™s given them time off. They’€™ve got 17 games coming up in the month of March alone, so how much can you really practice at this point in the season?”

On how the Bruins need to handle roster moves: “It’s really challenging right now and you can’€™t pull from Providence. They’€™re trying to pull guys from Providence but that’€™s not where the depth is in the organization. Their next wave of talent is in junior right now and that’€™s not available to you. That’€™s why there’s pressure on the management team to try to add to this lineup and make deals not just for this year but for the future.”

They’€™ve got 17 games coming up in the month of March alone so ho much can you really practice at this point in the season.
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