Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Associated Press
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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), from Sweden, tries to shoot with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), from Sweden, in the goal, and defenseman Dan Girardi (5) in the third period, of Game 7 first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series, Monday, May 13, 2013 in Washington. The Rangers won 5-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and teammate Nathan Horton, rear, celebrate after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs during overtime in Game 7 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013. Bergeron scored the game-winning goal as the Bruins won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
"Sometimes it's better not to practice and just to play," said Julien, careful not to tip his hand.
Rookies Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug all could be active.
"It's going to be a challenge for us," Rask said. "It gives these new guys an opportunity to step up and show what they've got. If I was in their shoes I'd be really excited."
Both teams' leading goal scorers in the regular season — New York's Rick Nash (21) and Boston's Brad Marchand (18) — were shut out in their first series. But Marchand assisted on Bergeron's series-winning goal and Nash seems to be making progress.
"He certainly wasn't totally on but he's very close," Tortorella said. "I thought he played very well in Game 7. He's playing and I think he's going to be a really big part of this as we enter into Boston."
Both teams snared some much-needed rest after playing two games in two days Sunday and Monday.
Bergeron expects a low-scoring series. Girardi expects it to be physical.
"Both teams want to get on the forecheck," he said, "create some momentum that way."
Julien wants his team to fight for position in front of Lundqvist, who allowed just 12 goals in seven games against Washington.
"They protect their goaltender fairly well," Julien said. "You know he's good enough to stop what he sees. They box out extremely well, so we've got to work hard to take away that vision that he needs in order to stop pucks. There's going to be a lot of battles, I think, in this series.
"By the end of it, I think you're going to have some exhausted teams."