As the Boston Bruins prepare to shift their playoff series to Washington, there are a few topics being discussed on this off-day.
- Marc Savard is drumming up encouragement for Bruins fans on his Twitter feed: “If we can answer one question we will be fine..How to score on Holtby? Besides that everyone needs to relax will be fine. Out come the road warriors heads up…..”
- Coach Claude Julien was asked about home teams having trouble in the beginning of the playoffs. (Consider: the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins have lost both of their first two games in their home arenas.) “Hopefully it’s temporary for us,” he said.
- He also called out the top line centered by David Krejci for its performance and said that “we’ve got some lines that can be a little better.”
- Good news: Tuukka Rask will make the trip to DC! Bad news: Adam McQuaid won’t.
- The players aren’t satisfied with how things have gone so far in the series. Milan Lucic noticed the huge difference between the regular season and the playoffs: “After being the 2nd highest scoring team…only getting 2 goals in 2 games is obviously something that were not happy with.” Tyler Seguin seemed to be more positive: “[Washington]‘s done a great job & after watching a couple days of video of their team…I think we know a bit more of what we need to do better.”
- This is a few days old, but I was reminded of this when showing a friend–Shawn Thornton did an exclusive interview with the Boston Globe and talked about the possibility of having a gay teammate, especially with the You Can Play project shining a spotlight on ending homophobia in sports. “Honestly, my teammates are like family so there would be support. I would personally [support] him and I’m pretty sure everyone in our locker room would. We’ve got a pretty good bunch of guys. I don’t think there would be any issues,” he said.
The Bruins take on the Washington Capitals for game 3 tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and NESN.