WILMINGTON, Mass. — If the Bruins watched anything during their video sessions today at Ristuccia Arena before and after their practice, it should have been film of Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and even Dennis Wideman unloading on the type of slap shots that no one would have the guts to block.
They all have the ability to fracture a foot or an ankle, but for whatever reason have been reluctant to let it fly. That cost Boston in its Game 6 loss at Philly, as the Flyers blocked 30 shots in a 2-1 win that extended the Eastern Conference semifinal series to seven games.
If the Bruins don’t start to unload from the point the way the way they’re capable in Friday night’s Game 7, they’ll be teeing off with a white ball rather than a puck starting Saturday. While those most responsible for Philly’s Game 6 block party — Wideman (six shots blocked) and Chara (five) — weren’t about to reveal their change in strategy, they at least acknowledged that there’s a problem.
“They do a really good job of finding a way to be in the way and getting in front of those pucks,” said Chara. “We’ve got to find a way to get those pucks behind them and cause more traffic, and obviously make it tougher for them.”
Added Wideman: “They’re stacking up. They’re doing a good job, they’re getting their forwards and their D lined up, and if you don’t have a shot then you just put her back down.”
If the Bruins are opposed to firing with all their might, a pump fake or more rotation with the forwards might be in order. Maybe even a deke and move around an oncoming defender would make it a little tougher on the Flyers. Really, anything other than what the Bruins did in Game 6 would give them a better shot of avoiding the history that they’d make if they complete a collapse from 3-0 up in this series.