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B's to Make Adjustments vs. TBL

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
TAMPA BAY -- Speaking to the Bruins game against the Lightning, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said that the Black & Gold would not change their game against the offensively minded Tampa Bay club.

Rask was the first goalie off the ice after morning skate. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
"I think, as a team, you've still got to go out there and play your game," said Julien to reporters gathered outside the B's locker room in the St. Pete Times Forum. "You make some slight adjustments here and there, but you never change your game.

"[Tampa is] a team that likes to come at your hard," explained Julien. "They're a team that will sit back and wait for you when they can't get to you, and will try to force you to turn pucks over in the neutral zone.

"And you know, [Tampa's] a team that has some guys that can, what we call game-breakers, so that's kind of what we expect tonight."

As such, the Bruins can't put themselves at a disadvantage by taking penalties.

"That's always been a big part of our game plan is discipline and some nights are better than others.

"Our penalty kill has been able to bail us out on a lot of nights, but you don't want to play with fire, and I think it's important in this building here. In the past, there's been some power play goals scored, and you've got [Martin] St Louis and I know [Simon] Gagne is now in the line up and what more can you say about [Steven] Stamkos? He's on fire and if you give him an opportunity, he's certainly going to take advantage of it.

"So, you know, there's the awareness and that respect, and with that, you make those adjustments," he said.

Those adjustments might look pretty familiar.

"Well, I would say the same thing that I tell [the Bruins] when we play against [Sidney] Crosby and when we play against, you know, [Alex] Ovechkin and [Evgeni] Malkin," said Julien. "You take their time and space away. That's all you can do.

"Old time hockey is out the window...right? So you've certainly got to take away their time and space, not as a one person, but more as a five-man unit.

"It's awareness of where he is on the ice and that's the respect those guys have earned over the course of their years in this league and what they've accomplished so far."

Seguin at Bergy's Side
This morning Tyler Seguin skated through line drills on Patrice Bergeron's line with Mark Recchi on the other wing.

"Just maybe a little bit of...tweaking, for the right reasons," said Julien of the new look lineup. "But I think it's something we're trying.

"We tried him on the wing with [Blake Wheeler] and's something we're going to try.

"And as I say every time that question is asked, we can always go back to the old scenario just as easily, so I think I'm going to give the a whirl tonight and see how that goes."
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