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Bish's Blog: May 4th

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Late Update...

The final verdict on Game 2 came from Claude Julien during his afternoon press availability when the Bruins head coach listed the things that the B's were not able to do correctly on Sunday.

"Winning battles, decision making. You know, moving the puck -- we weren't sharp," said Julien. "We weren't sharp yesterday.

"[What I mean by] sharp is that we didn't play as hard as we could have.

"We did in the thrid period when we obviously started playing a lot harder, but we need to play like that for 60-minutes more than just 20," he said.

It was a tough night for the whole team -- except, perhaps, for the fourth line of P.J. Axelsson, Stephane Yelle and Shawn Thornton.

"[With] our fourth line it was all about work ethic," said Julien. "They worked hard. They forechecked and they finished their checks.

"They created some opportunities, and had we had the rest of the guys with the same kind of focus we probably would have had better results."

The energy line continued to bring the right things to the ice -- just like they have all season.

"You switch a guy here or there but overall -- that's their role," said Julien of the fourth line's high compete level. "They know that.

"You hope that your other lines can inspire themselves by [watching] them.

"When they [come] back after having a good shift you'd like to have a good follow up."

11:57  a.m.
All off-ice work for Boston this morning. No skate...

9:08 a.m.
Carolina Wards Off B's in Game 2

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward raises his hand at the final horn as the Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins 3-0 in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Eastern Conference semifinal series Sunday, May 3, 2009, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
"I think we were a little better in all areas," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice after the Hurricanes Game 2 victory on Sunday night. "There’s still some room to improve in some [areas], but first and foremost, I think we were a little more competitive on the puck and in some of the darker areas on the ice.

"Sometimes in the playoffs, it’s emotional, it feels like it’s one or the other: it’s either all bad or all good.  Neither was true, but tonight I think just as a group they all competed a little bit harder and that was the difference for our team."

Another big difference was the block of granite between the Carolina pipes named Cam Ward.

"That pad save [in the third period], I can’t see what happens from the bench at that point, but all I know is I didn’t expect to hear that sound.  It came off that pad hard.  That’s a glimpse of how good he is," said Maurice.

"He is our rock," said Carolina's Eric Staal. "He needs to play well every night in order for us to have a shot at winning and he did that tonight for us."

"Cam has been our best penalty killer and he has to be," said the Hurricanes Chad Larose. "He made a lot of big saves for us."

The Bruins agreed.

"Yeah, he played well," said Patrice Bergeron. "We knew he was a great goalie.

"We've got to make sure we have more traffic in front and also when we have the puck we need to make the most of it."

More traffic in front was reiterated around the B's locker room.

"So I think that every goalie in the league if they see the puck they’re going to make a lot of saves," said Wideman of Boston's lack of net-front presence. "Some of them were pretty good saves and we had a couple of chances there he definitely lived up to his moniker of one of the [NHL's] best goalies."

Ward said that he had a good view of the action.

"I think that in Game 1 we kind of got caught turning the puck over in the middle of the ice," said the goalie. "They are a team that can feed off that and they are going to make you pay if you turn the puck over.

"We didn’t give up as many odd man rushes.  We might have given up some opportunities but we didn’t see as many odd man rushes as there was in game one."

Ward agreed with his coach and explained that Carolina's intensity was high.

"We competed," he said. "Our back-pressure was good and that was the forwards competing hard.

"I think sometimes we were able to turn the puck over on them and counter attack.  We threw a lot of pucks at the net."

The B's tried that too, only Ward -- somehow -- stopped all of them.

Boston returns to practice at noon.
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