Wilmington, MA –
As the Bruins took to the ice in Ristuccia Arena for a rare Sunday practice, they had almost a complete roster, save for Andrew Ference
who is still out with an injury.
“He’s still day-to-day,” said head coach Claude Julien, when asked about Ference’s status. “I’m saying day-to-day because his hernia situation is one that nobody seems to know how quickly, or if it’s going to be prolonged or not.
“He’s here again today getting treatment and he is day-to-day. That doesn’t mean he’ll be in tomorrow, we really don’t know. It all depends on how well he progresses here. Right now it’s progressing slowly and too slow for us to take a chance.”
The rest of the team was healthy and in good spirits however, after shutting out the Calgary Flames last night, 5-0.
As the B’s got back to work, not even a full day after their decisive victory, much of the practice was focused on screens, the pass rush, top-shelf shooting and overall net-front presence. Bruins head coach Claude Julien explained why they chose to emphasize going to the net and how it worked for Zdeno Chara
last night, resulting in his goal on Calgary.
“That’s what net drive does for you. We keep encouraging that and most teams in the League do that,” he said. “To have somebody drive the net, even if nobody follows you, there’s a shot there, there’s a rebound and you’re the first one on it. If somebody follows you, it creates some space for somebody else.
“So it’s something that I think I’d say 30 teams out of 30 are telling their players, ‘Drive the net.’ So he did a great job at that and created some space.”
Julien said the confidence boost from the win over the Flames was evident in how the team performed in today’s practice.
“They’re moving the puck better too and they seem to have more confidence again here in practice today. It was better than we’ve seen it in a while,” he said, adding that whether this will jumpstart the momentum remains to be seen.
“Sometimes it takes a game where you score a few goals to give you give you that confidence, and we’ll know more after tomorrow. Somehow you’ve got to create some chances and create some momentum and that’s the thing that we’ve got to keep doing.”