WILMINGTON, Mass -- Head Coach Claude Julien still looked a little annoyed as he spoke to the press on Monday.
Saturday evening's effort was clearly well below the standards set by Julien and his coaching staff, but the B's head coach said that his practice today was more reflective of the schedule, rather than the last game.
"We just worked on different areas of our game that we work on periodically; that we feel is a necessity," he said. "We don't get much practice time anymore, for the obvious reason for all the travel and games that we've had.
"Whenever you do, you try to make the most of it."
But make no mistake, Julien laments the point that the B's missed when they fell to Toronto in a shootout.
"I think everyone kind of knows that we missed an opportunity to come up with a perfect week," said Julien. "It's five points out of six, which isn't bad, considering the opponents that we had, but at the same time we let the game that we shouldn't have let slip, slip away."
Julien alluded to the Bruins two lost leads versus the Maple Leafs.
"That was the disappointing part, and we had them where we wanted and killer instinct didn't come in," said Julien. "When we had an opportunity -- power plays, whatever situation we had -- we should have been able to put that last nail in the coffin."
The B's will have to have short memories, however, as they face a streaking Buffalo Sabres team on Tuesday.
"I think they're a much better team now, then they were last time we played them," said Julien of the Sabres (6-4-0 in their last ten, winners of their last two).
A quick look at the Sabres Team Report
shows that Miller's save percentage is .922 and his goals-against average is down to 2.26.
"Their goaltender is, obviously, finding his game again, so I don't think we'll be looking at this as an easy game or an easy win," said Julien. "I think it's a matter of us, hopefully, taking the approach that we need to bounce back from a loss and we also need to start the week off on the right foot."
Back to the Garden.
While I collect my thoughts and thaw out -- it's ccccccccold -- listen in to Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien's post-practice talk with the press: http://bbru.in/eIeQGI
I listened in on Marc Savard
's talk with the press after practice.
Savard said he felt like he had a great session, but is not satisfied with his output, thus far.
"I think I can contribute more than I am right now," said Savard. "That's just the competitor in me. I want to contribute.
"But the basic thing is that just want to keep skating.
"I was standing around last game," he said.
Looks like it's almost over here in Wilmo. The Bruins are working on some power play stuff, post-practice, but we should be in the locker room, soon.
Practice winding down?
Post-stretch, Coach Julien is speaking to the players again. It was clear from the audio on Saturday night that the B's bench boss wasn't happy with the effort.
It seems obvious that he is working hard to ensure that the effort is not repeated tomorrow.
More line work -- full ice sprints included. The skating has a staccato feel to it, particularly because of the frequent whistles and instruction from the B's coaching staff.
Back to the board -- my guess is that the coaches weren't too happy with the B's transition game over the weekend.
More line drills -- this time with two lines on the ice.
The first line works down low in a offensive situation.
After a shot or a save, the first line chases the waiting second line simulating a breakaway.
Line drills lead the day. Looks like the same configuration as vs. Toronto.
After that, the club did some 1-on-0's started by a trailing skater .
The whole team is on the ice, with Marco Sturm skating with Saturday's healthy scratches Daniel Paille
and Jordon Caron.
Coach Julien just called the practice to order at the dry erase board.
Good Morning True Believers. The Bruins are on the ice at Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena.
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Coach Houda was on the ice early with the defensemen working on some D to D passing and breakouts. Meanwhile, rest of the club is slowly emerging from their Sunday hibernation.Remember to refresh often!