TAMPA -- The Boston Bruins held a game-day skate Wednesday morning at St. Pete Times Forum in preparation for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bruins have a chance to clinch the best-of-seven series with a win tonight to advance to the Stanley Cup finals against the Vancouver Canucks. Bruins coach Claude Julien and the rest of the team were relaxed and seemed confident this morning.
“Any day you come to the rink and you've got a game, especially this time of year, you've got to be excited,” Julien said. “I'm certain there's a lot of people, a lot of players, a lot of coaches that would like to be in that position. So we take it for what it's worth.
“It's a great day and an even better day with the opportunity that is in front of us. And our goal is to seize that moment and that's basically how we've approached today.”
Game 6 could be determined by the success of the respective club's special teams. Boston's penalty kill has been solid during the playoffs, especially this series, shutting down the powerful Tampa power play.
While the penalty kill has been solid, the Bruins need to get their power play going. Julien tweaked his unit a bit in Game 5, using Zdeno Chara in front of the net. During this morning’s skate, Chara was again working on his net-front presence and tipping shots coming in from the point.
“I liked what he did last game in front of the net. But he's only going to be useful in front of the net if we put him there,” Julien said. “If we get control of the puck and we get some shots on net, and the first few power plays, we didn't really get control of the puck. It didn't matter who was in front at that point. So I didn't mind what he did. And I think we need to see how this game unfolds. But it's certainly a possibility.”