By Joe Haggerty
WILMINGTON, Mass. The name of the game at Bruins practice was pretty simple on Friday as the team picked up the pieces of a Game 1 shutout loss to Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.It was all about traffic, traffic and more traffic. The human kind rather than the Storrow Drive kind.The Bruins had puck possession, they drew a few penalties and Tim Thomas was solid until the third period hiccup against Brian Gionta, but the one area they were woefully deficient in was getting bodies in close to the net.The Habs defensive pairing of P.K. Subban and Hal Gill managed to ward Bostons big bodies away from the slot area, and kept their scoring opportunities to the bare minimum for the full 60 minutes. Tomas Plekanec shadowed David Krejci and kept the puck away from the puck possession specialist, and both Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic struggled to create their own offense.That meant Price got a good look at the 31 saves he made in Thursday nights Game 1 victory his first playoff win in three years and it was a fairly easy nights work for Les Habitants.Its up to the Bruins to make it that much more difficult.We have to be a little more involved and some of the net-front presence isnt something you have to practice more than its a mindset, Claude Julien said. If we commit ourselves to going there then well get there. Sometimes you have to work through it because theyre doing a good job of boxing us out.Youre allowed to be in front as much as you want as long as youre not in the crease or interfering with the goaltender. Its something you see every year in the playoffs and all of the teams do it. I dont think were trying to do anything different. Were just trying to do it better. Tyler Seguin was on the ice at Ristuccia Arena more than 30 minutes after the rest of his teammates had finished up their practice session and retired to the Bs dressing room. Seguin continued to fire pucks at the net and perfect that curl-and-draw wrist shot from the left faceoff dot that he scored against Nashvilles Pekka Rinne a weapon that the Bs could certainly have used while going 0-for-3 on the man advantage during their Game 1 loss.Seguin continues to split time with Michael Ryder at the right wing spot and it looks like itll be a choice between those two players if it ever comes down to it during this postseason run. Seguins status as the last guy on the ice would seem to indicate hell be a healthy scratch for Game 2 as well. Every Bruins player that was supposed to be on the ice made it out there for Fridays practice, and appeared to make it out of Game 1 with their health intact. The Bs defensemen corps worked quite a bit on breakouts and reversing the puck, and the kind of transition game that led immediately to Montreals first goal early in the first period on a careless puck reversal by Tomas Kaberle. To a man, the Bruins realize the absolute necessity of capturing Game 2 at TD Garden to avoid traveling to Montreal and the raucous Bell Centre down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.We want to win. We have to win we will win, said Krejci, who didnt quite invoke Joe Namath while underscoring the importance of getting some winning results.
By Joe Haggerty