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B's Looked Better

by Taylor Walker / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- The Boston Bruins were back at practice Friday at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland before they take on the Elite League’s Belfast Giant’s Select team on Saturday.


International travel didn’t stop the Bruins from practicing yesterday as he team wore their warm-up gear on the plane so they could relax and hit the ice when they landed. But Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien admitted his team looked tired on Thursday.

“I don’t think we got much sleep on the plane last night, and coming here and getting a little bit of this kind of practice was good for our team and good for out team and good to get the blood flowing again," said Julien to bostonbruinsTV. "Hopefully [we] get to bed earlier...and feel even better tomorrow.”

Just under 24-hours later, Julien sounded much happier.

“Today was much better," said Julien. “The intensity, passing, scoring, the commitment and everything was good, so I liked today’s practice and we’ve got a week to keep doing that kind of stuff so that we can be at our best when the real season starts."

With competition coming at them from all sides and with star center Marc Savard still absent, the B’s certainly do need to be at their best when they face the Giants - who are essentially an all-star team - tomorrow afternoon.

Still, what’s a trip to Europe without a little room for fun?

“You’ve got to make sure that you enjoy this process, this opportunity that we’re having to come over here in Belfast and in Prague, and a lot of the guys that haven’t been here before need to make sure it’s a good experience, and it can’t be just about business,” said the usually-serious Coach Julien.

B’s President Cam Neely agreed, but said he hopes the team keeps their eyes on next week’s season opener.

“We have to prepare for the season, and it starts shortly," said Neely on Thursday. "We have some work to do...so we have to stay focused on the task at hand. “We have to get ready to play on the tenth,” he said.
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