LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — We won’t know until the Bruins play Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Montreal Thursday, or even beyond that crucial contest, whether the decision to spend two days in the Adirondacks between games was wise.
After he put his team through more than an hour of practice drills today at the USA Rink at the Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, head coach Claude Julien seemed content with how his team handled the time away from the hostile environs of Montreal, where they’ll try to pull even with the Canadiens in the series tomorrow night.
“What we wanted to accomplish was get a little bit of rest here and then come here and have a quality practice, which we did today. And then head back to Montreal,” said Julien before the team buses departed for Canada. “Guys had a chance to walk around yesterday. I thought they seemed really relaxed and that’s the best way to keep yourself fresh for the playoffs. They enjoyed the two days that we spent here, so it was a positive trip.”
The practice was the longest for the Bruins since this series started. The team did 1-on-1 drills, 5-on-5 line rushes and some power-play work.
“We’re just kind of touching up our game in all aspects, forecheck and breakouts and all that stuff, some power-play work,” said Julien. “We’re just hoping that we can keep getting it a little better every game.”
Center Patrice Bergeron agreed the respite in the mountains was worth the two-hour ride.
“It’s been nice,” he said. “I thought it was a beautiful town and it was fun to get together, get out of Montreal and have a chance to have a good practice today. And yesterday was also a good day to relax and make sure you’re ready for [Game 4].”