A big part of the reason the Bruins are such a strong team is their dominance in the faceoff dot. Whether it's Bergeron, Krejci, Kelly, Peverley, or Campbell if the Bruins win another Cup the number of faceoff wins these guys get and the resulting puck possessions will be a huge factor in that victory. Well, over at CBC, Julien has put that faceoff dominance largely on the shoulders of Jarvis.
When it comes to winning draws, the Bruins have dominated all post-season long. They kept up that trend in the series opener by winning 32 of 48 faceoffs. Boston's top three centres each enjoyed solid games in the faceoff circle. Chris Kelly went 9-3 followed by David Krejci (5-1) and Patrice Bergeron (10-6).
Julien remarked that assistant coach Doug Jarvis deserves credit for the team's faceoff prowess.
"I know I get asked this at every series about our team because we've been a good faceoff team and we practice it all the time," Julien said. "Doug Jarvis was a really good faceoff guy in his day.
"I used to do that work with our centremen. But he was the guy that I felt this year would help us a lot in that area.
"There's certain players that were maybe average who are better than average now because he's gone in there and worked with those guys. But we work on faceoffs a lot with our centremen and take a lot of pride in that.
"I said it and I feel like I'm repeating myself here, but start with the puck. You're a better puck possession team than if you have to chase it."
But it's more than the centremen winning draws. The Bruins have exhibited an excellence in getting in there and retrieving pucks off draws