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Julien Confident in Bruins

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins
BOSTON – With Game 1 in the books and two days passed since the Boston Bruins fell 5-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Black & Gold have turned the page and are specifically focused on tonight’s match-up.

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Center Patrice Bergeron’s availability for tonight’s game is still a question mark, although he did participate in the team’s morning skate today.

Should Bergeron not be able to go, rookie Tyler Seguin will likely take the roster spot as he did in Game 1, when he recorded a goal and an assist in his playoff debut.

“As far as Bergeron is concerned, I think if he’s in you’re going to see him in warm-up tonight,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said.

Not present at the team’s morning skate was first line winger Milan Lucic. Julien said, "There’s no issues there at all."

Lucic is a key piece to the Bruins game, providing an imposing presence around the net and on the forecheck, but Julien felt the physical aspect of their game was something the Bruins let slip in Game 1.

“We are probably a team that is a little bit more physical. It doesn’t mean about running guys but finishing your checks and being better on the forecheck as well and that’s when you are at your best. And we have to probably improve a little bit in that area,” said Julien.

After earning 30-32-62 totals during the regular season, Lucic has recorded a 2-3-5 line in 12 playoff games. He and linemates Nathan Horton and David Krejci did not break onto the score sheet in Game 1.

“There’s nobody right now, more than those players, putting pressure on themselves. Just because he doesn’t play well, doesn’t mean he doesn’t care,” Julien said.

“If there’s anything, I think there’s twenty men in that dressing room...[who want] to do well. It’s a matter of finding their games and then pushing themselves.”

While the B's production was spotty during Game 1, one player Julien knows he can count on is goaltender Tim Thomas.

Thomas has an 8-4 record in the postseason with a 2.19 GAA and a .932 save percentage.

“He’s been good for us all year and we have no doubt in our minds that he is going to be a good goaltender for us. I don’t think there is a question mark in regards to our goaltending,” Julien said.

The Bruins will need all their players in top form tonight, as they don’t want to travel to Tampa Bay down 2-0 in the series. While the B’s know they could overcome the deficit, they are looking at tonight’s game as a must win.

“You win tonight, you’re back to square one," Julien said. “You want to make sure that you keep yourself in the running and we know that tonight is as important a game as the first one.”

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