|New York Islanders' Jack Hillen (38) watches Islanders goalie Al Montoya (35) block a shot on-goal by Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton (18) as Islanders' Travis Hamonic (36) defends during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb 17, 2011, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Bruins won 6-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) |
This morning, most of the Bruins stayed off the ice for meetings, but head coach Claude Julien did speak to the press about tonight's game.
"The one thing we know is there’s a lot of skill in that hockey club," said Julien of the Isles. "And right now, the experience is what cost them probably early in the season, but right now there’s...young players getting better.
"There’s also players fighting for job and when those things happen, you get the best out of everybody," continued Julien. "People are going to say, ‘Well, they’re playing with no pressure right now. They just go out and play.’ There’s a certain element to that, but at the same time you got to give them credit where credit is due.
"They’ve been through a lot as far as injuries...snd one of their best defensemen has been out for the year, and they managed to get through and then continue to win some hockey games.
"So I like they way they compete. They look like a happy bunch right now that goes out and has some fun playing the game, and that’s also important," he said.
Obviously, nobody on the B's charter flight to New York was happy with the outcome in Boston on Thursday night and they know that success on Long Island will not come without a concerted full-game effort from the Black & Gold.
"Well they haven’t been easy," said Julien of the B's two wins against the Islanders. "And I’m being honest with that.
"We had ourselves a good start here last time and got ourselves an early lead, but once they started playing, it was a pretty even game.
"And we’ve had some decent goaltending, we’ve had some timely goals, but nonetheless I think probably the key is we’ve never been taking them lightly," he said. Defensemen Stay Home
|Detroit Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi (44) and Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference (21) chase the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) |
The only Bruins who skated this morning on Long Island were goalie Tuukka Rask
and forward Tyler Seguin
Back in Wilmington, however, defensemen Andrew Ference
and Shane Hnidy continued their rehab.
"Yeah, he continues to skate," said Julien of Ference. "As you can see this morning he was better suited [in Wilmington, as was] Shane Hnidy for that matter.
"We felt that working out in our gym and skating with Andy [Ference] because Andy’s at the stage now where he’s moving pucks and having Shane there with him is going to help him out since he couldn’t play anyway tonight.
"So we left both those guys behind," said Julien.
Julien, who said -- as of this morning -- there would be no lineup changes for Boston tonight, added that he had no news on Steven Kampfer, who Julien had reported had had a setback on Thursday.