WILMINGTON –– The de-mustachioed Bruins returned to practice today after earning a day off yesterday.
The focus, as it was the last time the team worked out, was to prepare for a contest with Toronto. Boston topped the Maple Leafs 6-3 on Wednesday, and will square off against Toronto again tomorrow night at the TD Garden.
The score of Wednesday’s win wasn’t quite indicative of the the B’s performance, said Claude Julien. The Bruins’ lead was one scant goal until the last five minutes of the game, and the Leafs more than once capitalized on chances created off sloppy turnovers and lackluster transition defense.
Julien had his defenseman working drills today to improve the neutral zone play, while the forwards focused on avoiding turnovers that might leave a defender hanging in a tough spot.
“I thought even though we won the game, we were not as good in some areas as we could be,” captain Zdeno Chara said. “We need to get better in those areas and continue to do what we do well.”
“I think if you manage the puck, you’ll have success,” Chris Kelly said. “If you put your defensemen in a tough spot by turning the puck over and not being in the right position to help them out, it doesn’t matter who you play but against a good skating team like the Leafs, you’re going to be in trouble.”