Had the Bruins followed normal protocol, today would have been a rest day. Obviously, these are not normal times, thus the hard practice today.
For an hour, the Bruins worked mostly on down-low, even-man situations. The message: effort and execution will be paramount for the Bruins to emerge from their slump.
“It definitely wasn’t a punishment skate,” said Matt Hunwick. “It was a skate where we had to work hard. We did a lot of drills with a lot of even-man, where we’re battling a little bit. We had to play in position and execute.”
Because of the four-day break between games, the Bruins could see their Eastern opponents pile up some points and drop them in the top-eight race. But given the way the Bruins are playing, games are the last thing they need.
“Our fans are disappointed, and rightfully so,” Claude Julien said. “We haven’t delivered. We have to accept what’s going on here. Once you accept that, hopefully you want to do something about it. Our fans deserve better than what they’re getting. Somehow we have to find that game of ours and give everybody what they want to see.”
- Marc Savard participated in his first full practice. Savard centered Daniel Paille and Miroslav Satan. Barring any setbacks, Savard should be in line for a return on Friday against Buffalo.
- Byron Bitz said he felt good after today’s session. Bitz is also hoping for a return on Friday.
- Julien said Marco Sturm (leg) and Steve Begin (undisclosed) might be able to skate this week. Sturm hasn’t played since Jan. 14. Begin has missed the last four games.
- Dennis Wideman didn’t lose any teeth last night when Stephane Yelle hit him in the mouth with a puck.