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Bish's Blog: May 2nd

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
3:36 p.m.

Carolina Crashes the Net
Carolina Hurricanes left wing Ryan Bayda slams into Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the first period during Game 1 of an NHL Eastern Conference semi-final hockey game, Friday, May 1, 2009 in Boston.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
A lot of the talk around the locker room centered around Carolina's attempts to crash Tim Thomas' net.

"They've done that all year -- they are a team that crashes the net," said Julien. "I don't think its anything that they've changed from their game. It's just the way they play.

"In the series [with New Jersey] Brodeur thought there should have been an interference [call].

"That's what they do," said the B's head coach.

So, it's certainly not a surprise to the Bruins.

"We're aware of that. We protect our goalie as best we can and as long as they don't cross the line, we're going to certainly remain disciplined," said Julien. "But this is the series and we'll see how it goes.

"Obviously, the rivalry and the emotions run a little higher as you move on and, hopefully, it stays within the rules -- if not, we'll take it from there."

3:24 p.m.
Julien on Kessel
Carolina Hurricanes' Cam Ward (30) watches Boston Bruins' Phil Kessel (81) work the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
"Yah Phil's okay," said Coach Julien postpractice. "It's not a big deal.

"We just kept him off and he'll be 100% tomorrow."

1:25 p.m.
Coach Julien said Kessel is fine and will be okay for tomorrow...

12:35 p.m.
Practice is winding down. Quick and to the to the locker room.

12:06 p.m.
Line drills. Pretty decent energy for a Saturday practice following a Friday night game.

12:00 p.m.
Phil Kessel is the only face missing from practice.

11:49 a.m.
Ference and Bitz are the first onto the ice for today's practice.

10:32 a.m.
Andrew Ference returned to game action on Friday night.

"Happy to be back in," was how he described his feelings. "It is a lot more fun being in here before the game, in the locker room getting ready with the guys. It’s great to a part of it again.

"I talked to coach this morning, and it was ‘we will see how it goes.’ If it goes well, play as normal. It’s nice to get back to what I am used to."

Any nerves?

"Yeah, first shift of the playoffs, you’re a little nervous, and there is still some rust on hands," he said. "But it was more excitement to be back in the flow than it was shaky."

What about the team's play?

"I think it was good," said Ference. "As much as we showed a little bit of rust, I think we also showed a lot of focus, and getting back into the game mode.

"We gave them some good quality shots, but we also created some as well. I think we didn’t play the whole period on our heels or anything like that, where we felt disappointed in the way we came out. It was a mediocre start, which was okay as long as build off that."

And thankfully, Ference felt no physical issues.

"No, everything was alright," he said. "I think this last practice was great. It’s rare this time of year to get back with the team and into real game situations. It’s pretty rare for there to be battles during practice, but I got a few of those days which was huge.

"If I missed those, then it would be a lot more difficult."

10:08 a.m.
Boston Bruins' Marc Savard (91) fires a backhand shot past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward for a goal during the second period Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal NHL hockey game in Boston on Friday, May 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
The lights are dark here in Ristuccia Arena -- but let's face it, most of New England is basking in the glow of the Black & Gold's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

But chances are very good that the B's are not even thinking about the convincing 4-1 win or won't be once they hit the ice for practice on Saturday afternoon.

"I just felt we looked a little bit flat offensively," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "We weren’t generating much, and we just kind of put some players back together that had played together before.

"It just seemed to get that little spark that we needed and found a way to score some goals, and we knew at some point that was going to happen."

That sentiment was echoed in and around the Bruins locker room.

"You obviously want to get things started off on the right foot here and we’re happy with what we accomplished today and I think we could be happy with it tonight," said Milan Lucic. "But I think come tomorrow we got to put all our focus and our energy into game two and we know it’s going to get tougher from here on in."

"We were a little sluggish at times but we’ll clean up some areas and be ready Sunday." - Marc Savard
"We’re going to enjoy it tonight," said Marc Savard. "But we know we got to be better, that wasn’t our best effort.

"We were a little sluggish at times but we’ll clean up some areas and be ready Sunday."

Former Hurricane Aaron Ward said that the Hurricanes will adjust and that the B's need to adjust as well.

"Oh yeah. We started out the first five minutes with a fair amount of energy," said Ward of the Boston club's start. "We got the puck in deep, started flowing, and then just got away from our game.

"[The were] good signs, we regrouped in the second period and came out with the lead.

"The further you go they will make changes in their system, and adapt to what we’re doing. We can’t have periods of standing around...we have to be accountable."

Assuming the B's hit the ice as scheduled (at noon), there's no doubt that there'll be some tweaking.
The ice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena. (AP File Photo)
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