Bench minors a matter of concentration

Julien

Julien

BOSTON — The Boston Bruins didn’t get called for their first too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty until Nov. 15 and were called for that infraction just twice leading up to Feb. 7

But since that early February game with Philadelphia, the Bruins have been called four times, including twice in today’s 2-1 win over the New York Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden. While the Bruins killed off one of the ensuing power plays, the Isles scored their lone goal during the 4-on-4 situation that took place after the first bench minor at 9:09 of the second period.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien said that the bench minors are a perfect example of the lack of 100 percent focus and concentration the Bruins have struggled with recently.

“The first two-thirds of the year, we didn’t have, or I don’t recall, having too many men on the ice. In the last three weeks we’ve had a bunch of them from guys not … coming to the bench hard and the other guy jumping too early and just not being sharp,” said the coach. “Those are things … it’s not about sending too many guys. It’s the one-for-one change that’s costing us right now.

“The perfect example is the last one we had at the end of the second. We’ve got basically a 4-on-3, I think, and Phil (Kessels) pass doesn’t make onto a stick and our last guy’s taking his time coming to the bench and ends up getting us in trouble.”

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