As the Boston Bruins took to the ice to practice before game seven against the Washington Capitals, reporters noted the absence of Patrice Bergeron. However, don’t take this as a sign that #37 won’t be on the ice tomorrow. Coach Claude Julien made it abundantly clear that he is going to be there:
“He’s playing,” Julien said
. “He played last game and he’s going to play next game. I don’t know how much clearer I can get. He’s in.”
But because Bergeron was out for practice, Rich Peverley
took the center role on his line, which may be useful if Bergeron still isn’t in prime faceoff-taking form. During game six, Peverley took a lot of the draws that he probably wouldn’t normally take. Otherwise, the lines were unchanged. On defense, though, Greg Zanon
was on the third pair with Mike Mottau
, not Joe Corvo
, who went down to fourth pair alongside Andrew Bodnarchuk
At the end of practice, the players split up into two teams and had a shootout competition. It seems like Julien did this for fun.
“Just in case we have a shootout. Game 7, isn’t that the way they decide it?” he joked.
Voting in the second round of the NHL 13 Cover Vote ends today. Tyler Seguin is on the ballot representing Boston. The next round of votes will have just 16 finalists, so stay tuned for that.
Also, on an interesting note, Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis held a press conference today to discuss all sorts of issues surrounding his team and led off with how, apparently, the January rematch between the Canucks and Bruins jarred Vancouver’s psyche so much that the rest of the season just wasn’t the same. No, seriously, he said that. (Excuse the typos in that article; it was a hastily-typed liveblog.) Keep in mind that Vancouver won that game. Even when they win, they lose.