PITTSBURGH — The Bruins have arrived and can’t wait for the puck to drop.
After a morning practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, the Bruins made their way to Pittsburgh where they met with the media at the team hotel Friday afternoon.
Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about the long layoff his team experienced in the past week.
“We’ve been through it a few times,” Julien said. “Some of it we’ve learned from. I still remember beating Montreal four straight and having 11 days off and we came back against Carolina and we just weren’t ready for that series and by the time we got ourselves going the damage had been done, so a little too late. You kind of learn from those situations as coaches, as players, and everything else, you make sure that you don’t make those things repeat itself. I think our guys have done a great job this week. I’ve like the way our team has practiced this week and to me we look like a group that’s ready to start the series.”
Julien also talked about having four recent Stanley Cup champions remaining in the NHL postseason.
“We all know that there’s parity in this league and some of the people have mentioned that it’s a little ironic that the last four Stanley Cup championship teams are here because the way the league is right now it’s something pretty hard to see happen,” Julien said.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke about the level of talent the B’s have to contend with at this stage.
“Both teams are very good,” Chara said. “They have depth, experiences, just like on the other side when you look at the last four teams standing it’s pretty much very, very similar. All teams have been there. The last few years, they all won it, so it’s very hard to find, at least on paper, what’s really a weak thing [about any team].”
Bruins forward Milan Lucic spoke about the wake up call he got when Julien made him a healthy scratch during the regular season.
“I don’t think any player is happy about getting scratched,” Lucic said on Friday. “It was just something that happened and for myself personally, it could have gone a lot of different ways but I wanted to try to take the positive out of it and get back to playing well and helping my team win and that was my main focus coming out of that whole thing that happened there with being scratched.”
In the video above, we hear more from Julien, Lucic, and Chara as well as Bruins defensemen Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, and center Chris Kelly on taking on the Penguins Saturday night.