WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins practiced for more than an hour today at Ristuccia Arena, despite coming off a three-game-in-four day stretch.
The messages was quite clear — the club needs to work harder to turn the tide after losing five of its last six games.
“I think we wanted to have a good, hard practice — just have good work ethic, get back to going hard to the net and scoring some goals, that type of thing,” said winger Milan Lucic, one of the Bruins’ slumping forward with no goals in his last 11 games.”And also we had a down-low battle drill to work on protecting the puck and winning down-low battles. We want to get back on track.”
If the Bruins subscribe to Woody Allen’s theory that 80 percent of success is just showing up, than Boston’s forwards are on the cusp of breaking out of their doldrums because head coach Claude Julien says the net-front presence is there — the Bruins just need to find a way to do something while in position.
“We’re there. I’m looking at every time the puck goes to the point, we’ve got some guys there,” said the coach. “The bottom line is that there are a lot teams that — and you just have to look at the stats — the amount of blocked shots, it’s not easy to get shots through anymore. So you can have guys there, but if the shots don’t go through or it’s hitting somebody, we’re there. I would say the biggest thing that we have to get better at is finding those loose pucks around the net and cashing in on them. That’s where we have to improve more than (our net-front presence).”