|Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien watches the action in the third period in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday, April 30, 2011, in Philadelphia. The Bruins won 7-3. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek) |
The only wrinkle was that first line forward Nathan Horton
was missing -- the victim of a broken skate.
"Just before going out there," said Julien. "So the trainer came to see me and I said we were only going out there for 20 minutes so by the time we got it fixed, he did a little off ice workout.
"It’s not a big deal, he’ll skate tomorrow morning." Maintaining Momentum on Monday
Despite Horton's absence, the B's concentrated on keeping their momentum going in the right direction for Monday night's Game 2.
Three of the Bruins four lines scored on Saturday, and Julien said that was a testament to Boston's depth.
"I thought that our organization did a really good job of getting some before the trade deadline. And acquiring [Tomas] Kaberle and getting [Chris] Kelly and [Rich] Peverley, so those kind of things have really helped us our and given us some depth," said Julien. "And that depth helped us in the last round, when [David] Krejci’s line was checked closely and they weren’t able to capitalize as much as we wanted to, other lines stepped up.
"So I feel good about our depth and even the [Gregory] Campbell line gives us that energy still and Soupy had an opportunity to score and he did. So it’s nice to see it coming from all over." Soup's On and So is Marshy...
Julien saved special praise for Campbell and Brad Marchand
on Sunday. The B's bench boss said both men are showing their ability to get to the front of the net.
"Well, that is the way he plays, and that’s the way he has to be to be successful," said Julien of Marchand's two goals and gritty play.
"And [Campbell] is the same way," added Julien. "He’s not the biggest guy out there, but he’s got one of the biggest hearts and he goes to the front of the net also.
"You see bigger guys that don’t want to go there, it’s not in their make-up. So somehow, it’s about convincing certain guys.
"But everybody has a strength in their game and as long as you use to your advantage that’s what is important," he said. Bullies Will Bounce Back
Philadelphia has plenty of strength in their game, and that's why Julien doesn't expect the same output from the Flyers for Game 2.
"They are going to adjust in all areas," said Julien. "We know they are going to come out a lot better.
"There is no doubt there, there is no secret to that and we just have to be ready for it.
"I think we are anticipating it, we know it’s coming and as a hockey club you have to be ready to face that and we are going to have to be as good as we can be tomorrow and come out there the better team."
As such, the B's will hope to be firing on all cylinders -- especially the power play.
Asked if the power play had shown improvement, Julien said, "No results. That’s one thing, but I thought there were a few things better. And hopefully it continues to get that way.
"We just need it going and I know right now, when your power play isn’t going your PK has to be really good. And it has been. And it’s unfortunate that goal late in the game, but I thought our penalty kill has done a decent job and has really survived a lack of scoring from our power play.
"But you hope that it’s going to come, and I have a feeling it will. Hopefully sooner than later."
Julien said that the Bruins power play has to recognize their opportunities.
"Somehow we’ve got to see the plays, see the openings. We also have to outwork [the opposition]," said Julien. "Whether it’s five-on-five or five-on-four, you’ve still got to be the hardest working team out there. You’ve got to work the PK and our PK’s doing a great job of really sticking with it against the five guys, and outworking them on a lot of occasions.
"But our power play’s got to do the same thing, and I think if you do that, you’re going to improve it." PK is Killing
Meanwhile, many players are sacrificing the body to ensure success when the B's are a man down.
"Yeah they are, and that’s really helped our penalty kill. We talked about that yesterday, I thought our guys did a good job of battling, and whenever they got the puck they did a good job of getting the puck all the way down the ice," said Julien. "Whenever we had control of the puck, guys weren’t panicking, and you saw even our forwards throwing it back to our D in the neutral zone.
"They did a pretty good job and to add to that, what you just said, whenever they’re caught out of position a little bit and they see the guys winding up, they’re willing to throw their bodies in front of pucks.
"That’s what playoffs are all about, looking for guys that are willing to do whatever it takes to help you win a hockey game. We’ve got a lot of guys with big hearts on our hockey club, and it’s showing in games," he said. Notes:
In the absence of Horton, Tyler Seguin
skated on the right wing on Krejci's line...Jamie Arniel
skated as an extra on Bergeron's line, while Caron was a fourth skate on Campbell's usual trio...The Flyers who did take the ice skated at their facility in Voorhees, NJ.