|Claude Julien on Torey Krug in OT: ‘He gets around’||11.26.13 at 11:10 am ET|
There is a reason the Bruins were so high on Torey Krug going into the playoffs last spring.
They knew the 22-year-old had great puck-carrying ability, great speed and a laser of a shot. All three of those qualities were on display throughout the team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals. Turns out, Claude Julien is trying to unleash them more this season and overtime 4-on-4 play is perfectly suited to Krug’s skill set.
“Yeah, he gets around, he seems to find those gaps and everything else, those holes, and moves around really well,” Julien said after Krug unloaded a cannon past Marc-Andre Fleury Monday night just 34 seconds into overtime for the 4-3 game-winner. “So there’s no doubt it’s an area for him such as other players in the league; you look at guys like [Kris] Letang and other defensemen like that that love that kind of space because they move around so well. Tonight he was in the right place – Marchy [Brad Marchand] made a great pass there – but he picked that top corner; he knew where he was going with that shot.”
Krug knows in 4-on-4 hockey during overtime, he’s going to have more freedom, more space to maneuver.
“I love it,” Krug beamed. “A lot more room on the ice to skate and play with the puck, it’s more of a possession game, you’re not just chipping pucks up the wall and if you watch me play you understand I like to play with the puck so it’s a lot more fun for me for sure.”
He didn’t take long to take advantage Monday.
“It starts with the faceoff,” Krug said. “We had good puck pursuit, I don’t remember much of it but Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable play to me on the far side. Their forwards were cheating a little bit, and I just missed the shot wide on that one and then we recovered the puck and it was just calm composure with the puck, especially up high on the blueline – those are dangerous areas. Our guys were keeping track of the puck and we had really good plays.
“The key is to make sure you hit the net, because if you don’t, it’s ramming out the other way and they’re going to get a break on that. There were a few times when I missed the net; right before I scored there was a shot that, Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made an unbelievable pass to the middle and I got down there and I missed the net and I rode up the boards so, your focus is just getting in on that.”
|Penguins to stick with Tomas Vokoun||06.05.13 at 1:02 pm ET|
After getting yanked in the first period of Game 2, Tomas Vokoun was the first goaltender off the ice in morning skate Wednesday and told reporters that he will start Game 3 against the Bruins.
Vokoun allowed three goals in Game 1 and let in three in the first period before giving way to Marc-Andre Fleury, who let in three the rest of the way in Boston’s 6-1 win.
After the morning skate, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma all but confirmed Vokoun will indeed be between the pipes, and noted that the losses haven’t been the fault of the team’s goaltending. He believes Vokoun, who took the job away from Fleury midway through the first round, will be fine the rest of the way.
“I’m looking from a solid game from our goaltender,” Bylsma said. “We’ve gotten that from Tomas in virtually every game he’s played. A real solid performance, and he’s done that for us. That’s what we need tonight. We don’t need perfection. We’re looking for a solid performance from our goaltender and allow our team to win a hockey game.”
|Barry Pederson on D&C: Penguins ‘forgot to play their game and work hard’||06.04.13 at 10:17 am ET|
NESN Bruins analyst Barry Pederson joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning to offer his opinion of the B’s 6-1 rout of the Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.
“I’m a little bit shocked at what I just witnessed last night. … How ill-prepared the Pittsburgh Penguins looked right from the opening faceoff of not only Game 2 but Game 1,” Pederson said. “It’s as if when they had their eight days off to prepare, they watched the Vancouver series the year the Bruins won the Cup and they said to themselves, ‘Listen, we’re not going to let them out-hit us, out-physical us. Let’s make sure that we start running around and be physical to show that we’re not going to be pushed around.’ But they completely forgot to play their game and work hard and do the little things.
“And then of course when you have bad goaltending that also breaks the spirit. They are not heading in the right direction, to say the least.”
Added Pederson: “I also think they got off to the wrong start in Game 1 where they looked rattled, they looked like they were very fragile, whining and complaining about calls. Even yesterday you could see that when things were offside they were jumping all over the linesman as if the linesman made mistakes. They look like they’re not focused, and they’re looking at the wrong things instead of themselves.”
Most of the criticism is being heaped upon stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
“When you’re talking about these two, to me, you’re talking about the two best players in the National Hockey League — not even the National Hockey League, in the world,” Pederson said. “When you sit there and you look now, you’re talking about two players that have lost their direction. They look like they’re unfocused. They’re I think setting bad examples for their teammates in the sense that they’re not working hard enough. You saw last night a number of fly-by situations where they had chances to stop, do the little things that you need to do to win championships.
“So, they’ve lost their focus and their direction, and they’ve got to get that back. Because they’re the ones that the team is going to be looking to here in Game 3 to kind of help them turn things around.”
|Bruins, Penguins think it’s too early to talk Pittsburgh goalie change||06.03.13 at 1:16 pm ET|
PITTSBURGH — Most lineup or goalie controversies are usually media-generated. In the case of recent talk that the Penguins should consider a goalie change, the media looks dumb.
Tomas Vokoun said after the Penguins’ morning skate Monday that Dan Bylsma had told him he’ll be between the pipes in Game 2, a point that really shouldn’t have needed clarification.
The Penguins were shut out in Game 1 and they lost by three goals, all of which is very unusual. Yet Vokoun has nothing to do with Tuukka Rask‘s shutout, while he was responsible for, at worst, one of the Bruins’ three goals. He probably still should have stopped the David Krejci slapshot that went off Paul Martin‘s skate, but that was redirected. The other two goals came because a defenseman didn’t take Krejci out of the play in front as a rebound was coming down and because all five Penguins players were on the same side of the ice, leaving Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton alone in front.
So really, Vokoun wasn’t even close to the reason the Penguins lost Game 1. Is he a great goalie? He’s a very good goalie, but not great. More importantly, he isn’t an issue that needs to be addressed yet. He’s certainly more stable than Marc-Andre Fleury‘s been, so any talk that a change in Pittsburgh’s net needs to be made is premature.
“It’s not just a W or an L that dictates how a guy played in the game or what you may go with,” Bylsma said Monday morning when asked about managing goaltending.
Bylsma was then asked if he’s thought about changing his starter, prompting a tongue-in-cheek response from the Penguins coach.
“I’ve watched the NHL Network and I hear it talked about, so yes,” he said.
“Coaches think about a lot of things — lineups, players, schemes,” he added. “Like I said, I heard people talk about it on the NHL Network, so it did cross my mind.”
The Bruins certainly don’t think they “got” to Vokoun. All of the goals came from the same line (Krejci’s, though Krejci wasn’t on the ice for Horton’s; Gregory Campbell was). From Boston’s point of view, the Penguins won’t be making a goalie change and have no reason to.
“I thought he played well,” Chris Kelly said. “He’s a good goalie. I think a lot of the controversy comes from [the media]. I don’t think there is a goalie controversy. I think he played well and we’ll see him tonight.”
|Claude Julien on underdog role vs. Penguins: ‘Bring it on’||05.28.13 at 2:03 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Claude Julien has instilled a certain attitude with his Bruins.
Play fearless hockey in the playoffs and see what happens.
That’s why he was happy to hear how Tuukka Rask responded when asked about the big load he will carry into the series against the high-powered Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.
Rask said that he expects to carry a big load and always goes into a series thinking he is the best goalie. That attitude also matches what the experts are saying. If the Bruins are going to have a chance of upsetting the Penguins, Rask will need to play to his level and maybe above.
Rask is considered by all experts as the superior netminder in this series, far and above the likes of Tomas Vokoun and Marc-Andre Fleury.
“I think he answered it right because I’m one of those guys where you have to relish the challenges,” Julien said Tuesday as the Bruins returned to the ice as a team for the first time since eliminating the Rangers on Saturday evening. “You can’t fear them. Bring it on. And that’s what he’s telling you right now, ‘Bring it on. I’m ready for it.’ That’s what our whole team’s demeanor is going to be is like, ‘Hey, we know it’s a big challenge. Bring it on.’ We’re ready for it. We’ll give it everything we have and hopefully, that’ll be enough to win a series.
“I think there’s two teams here that know what’s at stake. They’re going to bring their best at us, and we’re hopefully going to do the same thing to them. And we know how we play and we know how they play and it’s going to be a matter of just seeing how it pans out.”
|Bruins, Penguins scoreless after one||03.05.11 at 7:43 pm ET|
The Bruins and Penguins remain scoreless after the first period, with Pittsburgh outshooting the B’s, 14-9.
The Bruins’ lone power play of period came at 13:08, when Ben Lovejoy went off for holding. The B’s failed to convert and are now 1-for-17 on the power play since acquiring Tomas Kaberle.
The period also featured fisticuffs, as Michael Rupp appeared victorious in a bout with Shawn Thornton at 2:59. Later in the period, Nathan Horton beat down Craig Adams when the two got into it at 18:31.
Nathan Horton had a couple of close-range opportunities on Marc-Andre Fleury but was stopped by the goaltender on one and saw his shot get blocked a Penguins skate on the other. Michael Ryder also had a great opportunity on Fleury but held the puck too long in an attempt to deke the Penguins’ goaltender.
|Tim Thomas not voted to All-Star Game by fans||01.04.11 at 1:39 pm ET|
On Tuesday, the NHL announced the six players chosen in the fan vote for the upcoming All-Star Game. Only the Penguins and Blackhawks were represented, as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury will represent Pittsburgh, while Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will go from Chicago.
In last week’s voting update, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was fourth among netminders in votes. He still has the opportunity to be one of the 36 additional All-Stars announced on Jan. 11. Thomas leads the league with a .945 save percentage and a 1.80 goals-against average. He is tied for the NHL lead with five shutouts.
Fleury, meanwhile is fifth in the league with a 2.31 GAA and 12th in the league with a .918 save percentage. He has 17 wins to Thomas’ 18. Detroit’s Jimmy Howard leads the NHL with 20 wins.
The 2011 All-Star game will be played on Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.
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