Better puck care required of Bruins tonight

If the Bruins hope to turn the Stanley Cup Final into a legitimate series, they’ll have to treat the puck as if it’s platinum instead of pyrite tonight. Too often in Games 1 and 2, they coughed it up in the neutral zone, dumped it in the wrong places, and gave it right back to the Canucks instead of keeping it themselves.

“Better puck management is about putting pucks in the right place and creating the forecheck that we want to get,” Claude Julien said. “It’s also staying away from those turnovers. That’s a big part of the game. If you can manage that part of it, a lot of the parts you like about your game will come back.”


Julien said 23 players will hit the ice for pregame warmups, then he’ll make some decisions.

One change he could make is putting Shawn Thornton on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell to give the fourth line the identity it’s been lacking. If Thornton goes in, Tyler Seguin would go out. Rich Peverley would move to the third line with Michael Ryder and Chris Kelly.

* During Game 2, ex-Canadien Maxim Lapierre taunted Patrice Bergeron. Lapierre wiggled his finger in Bergeron’s face, daring him to bite it. “If it’s acceptable for them, then so be it,” Julien said of Lapierre’s actions. “It certainly wouldn’t be acceptable on our end of it. The NHL rules on something. If they decide to make a mockery of it, that’s totally up to them. If that’s their way of handling things, so be it.”

* The Green Men will attend tonight’s game. Andrew Ference was curious how Bruins fans would welcome them. “I hope they make it,” Ference said of the Green Men.


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