It was not the reinvention of the "Again, Again" scene from the movie "Miracle," but it was a very active session today at the Bruins practice facility. The coaching staff divided the club into defensemen and forwards and carefully went over positioning.
And Bruins head coach Dave Lewis was much calmer than he was when we last saw him.
"That went away about 7:00 this morning, I guess," explained Lewis. "When I got home…I watched the replay.
"So that ’bubbles’ for a while.
"But, what I try to do is…try to figure out the reason why. And then solve that," he said.
And the B’s had a plan to tackle their deficiencies.
"That’s what we addressed today as a team (through) a couple of different video presentations, conversation on ice and then conversation with some individuals. And then practice was directed at some of the shortcomings of yesterday," said Lewis.
So what happened, Coach?
"I think we tended to try to do more than we were supposed to," said the coach. "We didn’t trust the individual to get his job accomplished (and) we wanted to go help.
"So that put us out of position and opened up a lot of free areas for the opponent and that’s how they generated a lot of their shots and chances. And that happened, not only in the defending zone, but also in the neutral zone."
Was it a consistent problem throughout the night?
"In the third period we did get a little better, and we had chances to win the hockey game," explained Lewis. "(But) the only good thing is that we got a point.
"We got a point on Montreal, which is the team we are trying to catch."
Echoing his statements from last night, Coach Lewis said he was concerned with the lack of a consistent effort.
"I thought we could’ve competed harder. And when we decided to compete harder we got ourselves out of position and that created more problems."
So what is the solution?
"For me (that’s) a mental thing," said Lewis. "It was a mindset (and) hopefully now, we’ve addressed these things again. And now we have, I don’t know if it’s the biggest game of the year, but certainly close to it."
Speaking of the big game As of this morning, the game versus the Canadiens is near a sell out, however single seats of various types are still available.
I urge any Bruins fans that are coming in for the game to get there early enough for warm-ups. Last time the Habs came in, the cheering started before the two teams came out on the ice.
So make sure you wear your Black & Gold and be ready to yell!