Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien said that today’s practice was constructive in light of the team’s shaky effort in Monday night’s win over Tampa Bay.
“I think the guys understood that we didn’t really have a good second half and we needed to rectify those things because Washington is a pretty good hockey club,” he said before the team departed for our nation’s capital. “Even though they have a lot of injuries, they’ve found ways to win hockey games. So it’s a matter of us — we talked about mental toughness and mental toughness is not just through tough times, but also through good times. When you take a 3-0 lead, you have to be mentally tough enough to sustain your game plan for 60 minutes and not drift away from it, which I thought we did last night.”