After a solid practice in the Toronto Maple Leafs MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
said that the B's should be back on track after Saturday's 7-6 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
|Chara. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Frank Gunn) |
"We need to improve on a couple things and be better in the crucial times of the games," he said. "We need to make better decisions with the puck.
"But, you know, it’s behind us and we need to learn from that and [Monday] we have a big chance and opportunity to finish this road trip on a good note."
That high note would be hit if the B's are able to garner eight of the ten possible points available on the current road swing. The B's earned their sixth point thanks to the offense generated by the B's defense corps.
"It was one of those nights where we got some nice contributions from back end that’s for sure," explained Chara. "Shots went through, obviously.
"On Andy [Ference's goal...] it’s a nice play right off the face off. [Dennis Seidenberg
's] was basically with the a little help of their skate. Mine was just a great play by [Patrice Bergeron
] with an empty net and, obviously, [Steve] Kampfer just joined the rush and got a really nice pass from [Tyler Seguin
"So. it’s really nice to see some contributions from back end because you need that."
But teams need to play solidly on both sides of the puck and if the B's can couple the offense that they created off the blueline (when the Black & Gold got goals from four defensemen in one game for the first time in their history) and couple that with the stingy defense that Boston has been known for under head coach Claude Julien, they should be just fine.
"In your division you want to win those kind of games," said Coach Julien on Sunday. "Last night was a game where we picked up one when we felt we should have picked up two
"But we know coming in here is never an easy game.
"They’re coming off a big win so their confidence is certainly pretty good right now, we just gotta make sure we come in ready to play and hard game," he said.
"They’re coming off a five-one victory over Ottawa, so...they're gonna be playing with a lot of confidence.
"It’s always a tough game in Toronto -- they have such and young and speedy team.
"So we have to be at our best that’s for sure," he said.