Boston Bruins president Cam Neely joined Felger and Massarotti to discuss Shawn Thornton’s concussion from fighting, Seguin playing overseas, and the Bruins power play.
First, the guys looked back on last Thursday night’s 7-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Should someone have retaliated after John Scott knocked Shawn Thornton out of the game? Does Scott’s status make it unnecessary to retaliate?
“You have to make a decision what’s best for your team and take everything else out of it,” Neely, who knows a thing or two about dropping the gloves, told Felger & Mazz. “It’s a hard decision to make in split seconds. It was one of the challenging things for me, when you’re out on the ice and someone upsets you or someone challenges you, and you know that they don’t play as much as you do or their role is much different than your is, it makes it difficult to decide what’s the best thing to do for your team and what’s the best thing to do for yourself. So you have to make those decisions quickly, or in your head before the game kind of have an idea of what your response may be.”
Neely gave the guys an update on Shawn Thornton’s return.
“He looks really good,” Neely said. “I think he feels good physically and mentally, he’s fine. I think he’s anxious to get back out there.
Has playing overseas affected the way Tyler Seguin has been playing?
“Tyler’s just gotta get pucks to the net, get himself to the net and use his speed and things will be fine for him,” Neely said. “I think it’s easy to second-guess yourself about decisions that you’ve made, and I certainly don’t want him to concern himself too much with that. Because there’s not much he can do about it.”
How are the Bruins adjusting their power play?
“I’ve seen us have different set-ups, I’ve seen us move the puck differently, come in a little differently, and it hasn’t translated to success on the power play yet, but I feel like it can come and it will come. I know that they work on it on a regular basis. It’s a matter of — I think what happens is you try to get too cute … and make the perfect play. But the bottom line is that you got to get pucks to the net, get yourselves to the net, get bodies in front of the net and keep moving while you’re out there. I think sometimes we get a little stagnant and stand still a little bit too much, and it’s a lot easier to kill that way.”
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