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Thoughts from Practice

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
5:59 p.m.

The Bruins returned to Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena on Sunday and despite the somewhat traumatic ending of Saturday night's 6-5 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was business as usual.

Since Sunday practices tend to be of the off-ice variety, and although some players took to the rink (most notably Milan Lucic} for the most part it was a quiet afternoon in Wilmo.

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien's take on the last second let down and sudden death OT was simple: Get over it.

"I know this game, and it's no different than any other sport," said Julien. "You correct what you have to correct and you build on the positive things you did.

"We kept battling back...and stayed in the game and we did a lot of good things that way."

There's no doubt there were positives throughout the contest, most notably the return to the score sheet of David Krejci and Michael Ryder.

"It was nice to see our offense create some goals," said Julien. "[It was] a high-scoring game.

"Our penalty kill is good. Our power play gave us a timely goal. We got the lead late in the game and everything was pretty good despite the defensive lapses that we had.

"And then, you know, you break a stick at the worst of times..." he said.

Hence the psychiatric prescription from Coach Julien.

"It's important that we get over it and move forward and look at how important this week is," said the coach. "We've got a couple of teams in the Islanders and Atlanta who are in the same pile as us and [we see] the importance of winning those.

"And obviously, there's a Buffalo team that is ahead of us, and if we want to catch them at some point or try to catch them it's important to start winning some games.

"So this week is a big week for us," he said.

Notes: Dennis Wideman took a puck to the skates yesterday and was seen on NESN looking visibly shaken. There was no chance for the press to see Wideman skate, and When asked about the defenseman Coach Julien said,"Dennis is fine"...On the ice this morning were Johnny Boychuk, Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tuukka Rask and Trent Whitfield...Julien didn't think that the Pittsburgh offensive game plan was "any different than any other team." He added, "We just didn't play well defensively...we were probably a little numb, defensively."
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