BOSTON — The Eastern Conference champion Bruins — weird to type that — held an optional skate for about half of the roster this morning at the TD Garden.
Among the mix of veterans and rookies was last June’s No. 2 overall draft pick Tyler Seguin, who has become a lineup fixture ever since he replaced Patrice Bergeron for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay.
While the mood was relaxed and informal after yesterday’s day off, Seguin thinks he and his teammates are ready for business and bigger accomplishments before this season is out.
“I think everyone’s moving on. We did just win the conference finals, but we want to look at it as we just finished another round,” he said after the skate. “It does feel nice, but in the end that wasn’t the goal, that wasn’t the main goal, which is to win this round.”
Center Chris Kelly says the Bruins know the next opponent, Vancouver, might be the toughest one of all.
“Obviously we know that they’re a great team,” said Kelly. “They were first in the league, obviously, for a reason. They played well against the teams that they played in the playoffs. We know we’re up against a great hockey team.”
Head coach Claude Julien said he didn’t celebrate for all that long once the Bruins defeated the Lightning.
“The next day, obviously,” said Julien about when he started to prepare for the Canucks. “It was important for us to enjoy the moment. I think that’s, if you’re going to remember those kind of things, you have to enjoy the moment. And for me, it took me a long time to get to sleep that night, certainly for the right reason, not the wrong one. But the next day was back to work thinking about what you had to do here. We had already started doing our preparation for the Vancouver team and today was just one step in that direction.”
The Bruins will practice one more time in Boston Monday before departing for Vancouver in the afternoon. Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday night, 8 p.m. EST.