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B's Have Work Cut Out for Them

by Anthony Gulizia / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA – The scoring opportunities were plentiful for the Bruins in last night’s victory over the Washington Capitals, but despite landing 30 shots on net, the Black & Gold managed just one goal – all that was needed for the overtime victory.

But moving forward into Game 2, captain Zdeno Chara said it’s important for the team to take advantage of the opportunities.

“We would like to see more than one goal, that’s for sure,” Chara said after today’s practice at TD Garden. “We were close, but not close enough to put them in. That’s one of the areas we would like to better at in Game 2.”

But the underlying story behind the missed opportunities stemmed from the power play, as the Bruins were 0-4 with just seven shots during the man-advantage.

Passes were bouncing under and over sticks, rather than sticking on crisp, tape-to-tape passes.

“I think a lot of times we tried to make the extra play, the extra pass,” Chara said, who runs the point on one of the two PP units. “Sometimes we over look those simple shots, so maybe just simplify it a little bit.”

After a strong week of practice, which featured a heavy amount of special teams work, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was rather surprised when the team struggled to score.

“Our guys weren’t seeing much,” Julien said after the win. “There was some openings we could have used, and we were dusting the puck a little bit too much versus shooting it, and, you know, when we made some of those passes, some of those guys should have ripped a shot right way, and instead, we stopped and we started looking for another play.

“It’s unfortunate because at practice this week, I thought our guys were moving the puck well, and they were finding the openings that we didn’t find [last night].”

That said, Julien made it clear that the team wasn’t going to get hung up on it, more than they were going to work on it to make it better.

At today’s practice, the power play did exactly that, as they spent the better part of the last 20 minutes of the session cycling the puck.

When pressed on the issue after practice, Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo reiterated Julien’s philosophy to move past it.

“[We were] taking the shot ]last night] and getting it blocked instead of making the last pass,” Corvo said. “I think that all comes with the nerves of the first playoff game and the excitement and the wanting to score so bad and shooting everything.

“There’s never any panic. It’s in the back of your mind that your getting all these chances and you’re not scoring and they can turn on you and they can sneak one out, but there was never any panic.”
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