The Boston Bruins had an incredible regular season run but things fell completely apart during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
After running through the NHL for the majority of the season, the B's don't have much to show for it besides head coach Bruce Cassidy's Jack Adams Award.
Boston was eliminated in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning and were pretty much dominated.
President Cam Neely discussed what went wrong and what changes need to be made.
A return to the days of the big bad Bruins?
“The Carolina series, that was very fast skating, game in and game out. Every shift, it was a quick hockey game. I thought we did okay with that. Then we got to Tampa, which is a very, very strong hockey club. I just look at the size of their D and for us to try and get inside the dots was a little more challenging,” said Neely. “We refused to shoot the puck -- and when we did shoot the puck, we missed the net. We made it a little bit easier on their D than what we could have. Having said that, we have to get inside the dots more than we did that last series [against the Lightning.]”
“I think we know we have to look at [size and physicality] to be honest with you. I think internally we have to see if someone can make the next step like a Frederic for example, if he can play on a regular basis in our lineup,” said Neely. “[Nick] Ritchie, I think, was the add that we thought was going to be helpful in the forward group that added some size, but unfortunately we didn't really get as many reps with him as we would have liked. It's something we're certainly talking about since we've left the bubble of what does our roster makeup need to look like moving forward.”
What do you think of Neely's comments?