Game 7 doesn’t take place until Wednesday at Rogers Arena. But to make one last flight west, the Bruins must play their first Game 7 tomorrow at TD Garden.
“Its two Games 7’s,” Gregory Campbell said. “Obviously this isn’t Game 7, but we have to treat it as a Game 7. When you play desperate, you play urgent, and you compete, that’s when you’re successful. That’s the approach we have to have going into tomorrow.”
The Bruins ran through their final practice of 2010-11 today at TD Garden. They emphasized speed over the offensive blue line, net-front presence, and down-low grinding.
“We need to get to the front of the net and win battles,” Claude Julien said. “It’s part of our game and part of their game as well. If you’re going to score goals, you have to win those battles and you have to put the pucks in the net and be there. I would say it was more maintenance. When you want to improve in certain areas, you bring that up to your practice. So it was meant for that reason.”
* At the end of practice, the Bruins went through power-play drills. Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Seidenberg were at the point on the first unit. David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, and Milan Lucic were the down-low men. Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference worked the blue line on the No. 2 unit. Michael Ryder and Tyler Seguin rotated shifts on the left-side half-boards. Mark Recchi and Rich Peverley were the other forwards.
* The goalie soap opera continued today. Yesterday, while clarifying his remarks regarding Tim Thomas’s positioning on Maxim Lapierre’s winning goal in Game 5, Roberto Luongo gave his counterpart another tickle. “I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started, and I haven’t heard one nice thing he had to say about me,” Luongo said. After practice today, Thomas returned the jab. “I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires,” Thomas said. “I guess I have to apologize for that.”