UPDATED: Pacioretty video, morning skate update with Game 5 tonight

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Max Pacioretty speaks to the media after Saturday’s morning skate at TD Garden.
Stubbs video capture

The Canadiens and Boston Bruins held morning skates at TD Garden prior to tonight’s pivotal fifth game in their Eastern Conference semi-final, the series tied 2-2.

Canadiens forward Rene Bourque took a therapy session, missing his team’s morning skate. Bruins forward Milan Lucic did not take part in the Bruins’ session an hour earlier.

Some great stuff from first-line forward Max Pacioretty in video, nine minutes in length:

Two videos from the Bruins room following their skate:

Matt Fraser:

Daniel Paille:

Bruins coach Claude Julien’s media briefing after morning skate (I hope to add Michel Therrien’s remarks if they’re available):

On if the Game 4 checking style of play was an intention or if that is how it evolved…
It’s how it evolved. I think both teams know the importance of being good defensively. We have good
goaltending on both ends so the defensive part may have taken over last game. But at the same time, there has
been some scoring chances but both goaltenders have come up big so far.

On the job the coaching staff in Providence does giving players confidence…
Well I think they’ve done a great job in Providence, the coaching staff there. The one thing that has been
impressive is that the guys who have come up have just fit in seamlessly in to our team. I think the good part
about that is that both Butch [Bruce Cassidy] and his coaching staff and our coaching staff here seem to be
agreeing on the way that we need to play so there is a lot of similarities. They’re not forced to play the same
way but they believe in the same kind of things we do so it makes it a lot easier for players to come up and just
think about playing the game versus trying to do something different than what they have been doing the
whole time. So I give a lot of credit to those guys, they’ve done a wonderful job with the young players and a
lot of times those things go unnoticed but certainly not here. They deserve a lot of credit for the success that
we’ve had in sending players to fill in those holes.

On if there not being many penalties assists the team because of their physical style of play…
I don’t know, I mean, this series here might be a little different. We haven’t scored on a power play yet, we hit
a cross bar last game, we hit a post at some point, you have to look at all those different things. But we haven’t
scored, their power play has been good, so maybe people seem to think the advantage is to them if there are
more special team things. But overall, our special teams were fairly good this year. It just happens to be, as I
mentioned, in the playoffs it’s so important to be disciplined and both teams are trying to be disciplined. You
can say what you want, I have no complaints about the refereeing. In this series, I think they’ve done a
wonderful job of letting both teams play. So at the end of the night, for the most part, the better team has won.

On what he is doing right in terms of Max Pacioretty not scoring…
I don’t know. I can’t – again, that is their issue as far as I’m concerned. Our game plan is not about individuals,
it’s about our team and how we need to play so I can’t answer that question for you.

On if putting Dan Paille back with the fourth line organizes the team better…
Well, just those three together, they’ve been together forever so there is obviously chemistry there. There’s
better knowledge of each other so that’s certainly a plus. That’s just, I guess, a natural thing as far as that line
is concerned. There’s no doubt when Dan [Paille] is on that line they are a better line.

On what goes in to the decision to play Matt Bartkowski or Andrej Meszaros…
Not much I can say here. It’s just coaching decisions, you’ve heard me say that before. There’s not always a
rhyme or reason.

On if there is something good about the same guy being in there for several games in a row…
So far, it hasn’t made a difference. You want your players to be ready to play any time they are called upon.
That’s what playoff hockey is all about.

222 Comments

  1. Ozmodiar says:

    If DD is 2nd in TOI behind pleks then he shouldn’t have the privilege of playing along side the best wingers.

  2. hansolo says:

    I don’t know if I want Patches to deliver a lot of thumping hits. Look at Rick Nash, Ryan Kesler, and Mike Richards. I think hitting wears out the hitter over time (as well as the recipients) with a corresponding decline in scoring and doing other useful things on the ice.

    Prust pretty much has to play that way as he isn’t a scoring threat (although he’s a pretty good hockey player).

    But I don’t think Pacioretty should. What say the cognoscenti?


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