Friday, October 15, 2010
Shootout success a priority for Bruins
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins spent a portion of practice Friday morning working on shootouts. The drill didn’t take long, but it will prove crucial once a regular-season shootout occurs.
The Bruins ranked second in the league with a total of 10 wins (19 chances) in shootouts last season, and coach Claude Julien likes to work on it at least once a week to keep his shooters sharp.
Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Marc Savard, Blake Wheeler, Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara are the main go-to guys for shootouts, and this season it’s likely rookie Tyler Seguin will be added to the mix, especially with Savard out.
Because goalies study the shooters, and shooters study goalies, any time a coach can toss a relatively unknown into the mix it can only help.
“That’s an area that we’ve wanted to get better over the past few years,” Julien said. “It hasn’t always been easy. We’ve lost players who were good at it. We’ve had players who were good at it and then have gone cold. Goaltenders and teams do so much of their homework now where every goalie knows every player’s favorite move. It’s not an easy thing to do and it’s not an easy position to be in.”