Cam Ward hasn’t seen much pressure over the last two games. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
Claude Julien said the trap that Paul Maurice has chosen to defend against the attack has prevented the Bruins from gaining clean entries and sustaining their cycling game. Aside from a stretch of the second period in Game 4, the Bruins have had little success playing in Carolina’s zone.
“They play four guys back,” Julien said. “They just wait for us in the neutral zone. It’s something a little surprising coming from Paul. I know he used to complain about that last year in Toronto about us killing with the trap. But that’s what they’ve done. They’ve created a pretty tough situation for us as far as getting in. We’ve got to find a way to get pucks in and play more in their own end.”
* Julien, who has 13 forwards on his roster, said it will be a game-time decision on which player will sit tonight. Byron Bitz was the healthy scratch for the first three games, while Shawn Thornton was out of uniform for Game 4.
* The message for tonight is clear: one game at a time. “You really have to worry about tonight,” Julien said. “This is the game here that you have to worry about. We always say the big picture can be scary and the smaller picture is a lot more realistic. It’s about winning this game tonight and creating another one. You don’t get to Game 7 without winning Game 5. After you win Game 5, you’ve got to win Game 6. We know we have to win Game 7, but we can’t win it tonight. It’s the reality of things. It’s actually not a bad thing, because you only have to worry about one game right now. Not three.”