WILMINGTON, Mass. — There were less physical confrontations and more line rushes and quick passes today during Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena.
The team stressed the need to generate more speed through the neutral zone and produce crisper break-ins on the attack. The Bruins found out the hard way how Atlanta, Thursday night’s TD Garden opponent, can take advantage of a team lacking in those areas the last time the two clubs met (Nov. 28, a 4-1 Atlanta win).
The new-look lines stayed the same as they were during Tuesday’s practice. Boston tuned up its power play as well, with those two units staying the same as they’ve been in recent games.
Although the session was mostly business, it ended with a fun shootout contest won by winger Shawn Thornton. However, there was no prize.