Bruins Coach Claude Julien said he was pleased with his team’s performance in Game 1, but acknowledged that his team must bear down on offense Saturday.
“We did a pretty good job defensively, didn’t give them a ton of scoring chances, despite them having the talent to score goals,” he said after the Bruins’ practice at TD Garden on Friday. “Obviously, we would like to be a little bit better offensively and create a little bit more. I thought we did that early in the game but we faded away. So that’s the area that we hope to improve on a little bit on tomorrow, the offensive part, the goal scoring and finishing our chances.”
(Same goes for the Caps, of course. More on that in today’s On Hockey column.)
Some other highlights from Julien’s news conference:
*David Krejci is expected to play tomorrow despite suffering a sore neck when a pane of glass fell on him during the goal celebration. Katie has details here.
*The coach praised the effort of his defensemen, particularly third pairing Greg Zanon and Joe Corvo. Corvo’s quick outlet pass helped set up Chris Kelly’s winner.
“They allowed us to spread our ice time,” Julien said of Zanon and Corvo, who played 17:05 and 19:10, respectively. “Zdeno probably had the least amount of time he’s had in a long time. We’re okay with that. He’s fresh and the longer we can keep him fresh like that, the better it is for our hockey club.”
Chara played 21:46, down from 25:00 he averaged in the regular season.
*Asked how important it was for Kelly to score and keep the Bruins’ frustration level from continuing to mount, Julie said: “That’s a proper assessment. We buried it when we had to bury it.”
*In the postgame press conference, Kelly answered reporters’ questions while wearing a chain and padlock around his neck. The chain was purchased by defenseman Andrew Ference and is handed out to the Bruins’ player of the game, much the way the Capitals used to award a red hard hat after wins. The chain made its debut Thursday night.
“Andrew has been one of the guys who’s a real deep thinker,” Julien said. “He finds things that will bode well with what we’re trying to accomplish here. He’s heard us talk all year about the fact that it’s important that we don’t have any weak links. So he decided to take theme upon himself.”
The chain has 20 links – the same number of players in an NHL lineup.
“It’s got a padlock to it, so there are no weak links,” Julien said. “Guys get a good chuckle out of that.”
More on the Capitals:
— Krejci says he’s fine for Game 2
— The hit heard’round the NHL
— Game 1: Capitals fall to Bruins in OT
— Ovechkin needs to focus on offense
— Nothing but praise for Braden Holtby
— Photos: Scenes from Game 1 at TD Garden
— First-round NHL playoff schedule
— Interactive: Capitals vs. Bruins shot tracker.