His team’s win Wednesday night in Toronto ran its point streak to 13 games, but that didn’t prevent Boston Bruins
coach Claude Julien
from seeking out areas his club can improve.
After all, the Bruins got into a bit of a run-and-gun game with the Maple Leafs for stretches of their 6-3 victory.
“I think we didn’t play as well, as far as closing the ice, which is part of our game,” said Julien today after his team’s morning skate in preparation for its rematch with the Leafs tonight at TD Garden. “It’s not about being better defensively, it’s about closing the gap quicker. To me there’s a difference there – playing them a little tighter. Certain teams are good skating teams, and the more room you give them the better they are. I just felt we gave them a little bit too much room in that game in Toronto and got away from our game a little bit. But that’s just something you need to adjust.”
Some of Julien’s charges also saw the error of their ways despite the positive end result.
“I felt like there was a lot of lulls,” forward Milan Lucic
said. “Even though we did win 6-3, I felt like there was some lulls in our game that we need to touch up on because if we keep making some of the mistakes that we did last game, it will definitely wind up in the back of the net more so than it did last game.”
was the first goaltender off the ice and should get the start tonight. Here is the rest of the Bruins’ projected lineup:
- David Krejci
- Nathan Horton
- Patrice Bergeron
- Tyler Seguin
- Chris Kelly
- Rich Peverley
- Gregory Campbell
- Shawn Thornton
- Johnny Boychuk
- Joe Corvo
- Adam McQuaid