The Bruins have a straightforward approach going into Game 7: Make it a special night.
“If you don’t enjoy the moment, you’re wasting a pretty precious day,” Claude Julien said. “Take advantage of it today. Get ready. Get excited about it. Come out tonight and leave it all out there on the ice. Simple as that. Anything less than that is a waste of a day.”
If the Bruins are to achieve the outcome they want, it will start with Tim Thomas. The Vezina Trophy candidate didn’t get much help in Game 6. But Thomas didn’t make many timely saves either. Thomas was too aggressive when challenging shots and puck carriers. Thomas must relax, not try and do too much, and rely on his teammates.
At the other end, the Bruins have to get more pucks on Dwayne Roloson. The 41-year-old didn’t inspire much confidence while stopping 16 of 20 shots in Game 6.
“Everybody knows we’re a team that can do better than 20 shots a game,” Julien said.
* With a win tonight, the Bruins will give up their 2012 second-round pick to Toronto. It was a condition of the Tomas Kaberle trade. If the Bruins lose tonight and do not re-sign Kaberle, they will keep the selection.
* Zdeno Chara is just about guaranteed to be in front on the power play tonight. At the conclusion of the morning skate, Chara set up in front and practiced tipping pucks. Chara does not usually go through that exercise.