|Claude Julien happy with his power play: ‘Especially [considering] the lack of them’||05.24.13 at 4:29 pm ET|
Claude Julien has been happy with his power play unit in this series, that is when the Bruins actually get a power play.
He made that much perfectly clear on Friday after practice as his team prepares for another chance to wrap up the series against the Rangers in Game 5 at TD Garden Saturday evening.
The Bruins were 2-for-4 on the power play Thursday in the Game 4 loss to the Rangers, with one of the two misses actually resulting in a goal as Tyler Seguin scored his first goal this postseason as a penalty was expiring in the third period. The Bruins didn’t get a single power play in Game 3 and had only one in Game 2. Boston is 3-for-9 in this playoff series while the Rangers are now 1-for-14 on the man-advantage.
With Nathan Horton and Torey Krug scoring on the power play Thursday night, is Julien pleased that his power play is making the most of its chances?
“Well, yeah especially the lack of them that we’ve had in this series,” Julien said. “It was nice to see us score a couple of goals. It’s been tough. It’s a good thing we’re a good five on five team and that we’ve managed to win hockey games, but last night two for four, and certainly it could have been three for four I guess two seconds after the power play ended, so our power play did a good job of producing and whenever you can count on that it’s always a bonus.
Other notes from Friday’s practice:
The Bruins skated hard for 30 minutes in an up-tempo, early afternoon practice on the TD Garden ice. All players were present and accounted for except for Andrew Ference, who is still nursing a lower body injury that has kept him out since Game 5 in the first round. Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden were the fourth defensive pairs to skate in drills Friday. Julien kept his defensive pairings the same, with Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton leading the way, followed by Johnny Boychuk and Matt Bartkowski and then Adam McQuaid and Torey Krug. There were no changes on the lines either as Tyler Seguin remains on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.
“I think it was one of those practices today where you wanted to get a good sweat, knowing it’s an early game tomorrow, or afternoon game,” Julien said of the odd 5:30 p.m. start time on Saturday afternoon. “And we just want to make sure we’re ready for tomorrow.”
|Claude Julien and the Bruins can joke about the power play – for now||04.13.12 at 12:58 am ET|
Maybe Claude Julien thought he was going to get out of the 10-minute post-game session with reporters in the press area without being asked the question that hounded the Bruins like a hungry bear last spring.
But then it happened.
How concerned is the Bruins coach about going 0-for-4 on the power play?
“You’re right, it was asked a lot,” Julien joked, responding to the reporter who prefaced the situation in the 2011 playoffs. “So, uh, probably a little bit too much.”
Julien, of course, is referring to the fact the Bruins actually found a way to win the Stanley Cup with an anemic power play for three rounds before actually producing against the Canucks in the finals.
But Thursday, it was back to old – and bad – habits.
The Bruins had six consecutive minutes of power play at the end of the first and beginning of the second. Yes, they got eight shots on Braden Holtby but really no sustained pressure in terms of scoring chances. Jay Beagle took a double-minor for high sticking and Troy Brouwer was called for delay of game.
Fortunately, the Bruins scored the only goal of the game or the second-guessers would be out in force.
“We talked about that,” Julien said. “Our guys weren’t seeing much tonight. 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.
“You know, 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 tonight. So, we’ll keep working on that and hopefully make it a better situation because there’s no doubt, if we don’t win the game tonight, we’d be talking a lot about that being the reason that we lost. We found a way to win it. We turn the page and work on the things you need to work on.”
|Julien: Too early to ‘jump all over’ Bruins special teams||10.15.10 at 3:27 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins’ power play didn’t jump off the page in their first two games of the season, but then again superb play on the man advantage was not characteristic of their club a season ago.
The Bruins finished last season with a power play that was 23rd in the league (16.6 percentage). Their penalty kill was a different story, as they killed off 86.4 percent of their penalties, good for third best in the league.
Last weekend in Prague, the Bruins scored on just one of eight powerplays, while they were shorthanded on just three occasions but allowed a power play goal to the Coyotes on Saturday.
The Bruins saw many faces on the power play, ranging from Tyler Seguin to Milan Lucic to Matt Hunwick, among others. With the team still getting familiar with the season, the power play also is a work in progress.
“It all depends. I don’t think there’s number of games [at which you can tell],” Bergeron said of gauging a clicking power play. “Obviously, when there’s new guys on the power play, we need some time to adjust.”
As for where the weekend performance left the Bruins in regard to special teams rankings, Claude Julien noted that it’s simply too early to read into the power play and penalty kill, which rank 19th and 28th, respectively.
“I think we had 19 shots on the power play. We came out with one goal,” Julien said. “I know we had some opportunities, and we maybe didn’t quite finish. ‘¦ I wouldn’t jump all over the power play and say it hasn’t been good more than it hasn’t had the results.
“You get two more goals and you’re in the top five. That’s how close it is. It’s two games in. It’s just like our penalty kill. We gave up one goal, but because we only killed three right away, our penalty kill is getting a lot of questions. I think we need a little time here before we jump all over those special teams.”
|Sounds of the game… Bruins 8, Maple Leafs 5||12.19.08 at 9:30 am ET|
The Bruins have shown they can win under all types of circumstances this season. Defensive struggles. Hard-hitting games and Thursday night, they showed they can win games that start out as blowouts and turn into shootouts. The Bruins led 5-1 after just 4 1/2 minutes into the second period when the pesky Toronto Maple Leafs collectively said, ‘Not so fast.’ After all was said and done, eight goals had been scored in the second period alone, with Phil Kessel collecting two. But the star of the game was David Krejci, netting his first career hat trick, including a goal in the third period that sealed the deal. The Bruins extended their home winning streak to 12 games, their longest since 1976 and the fifth-longest in team history.