Winning faceoffs is key to Bruins success
BOSTON (WHDH) -- It should come as no surprise that the Boston Bruins, a team who tries to do all the little things well, is making it a point of emphasis to own the faceoff circle.
It’s easier to get chances when you start with the puck and the Bruins have been doing a lot of it. They led the NHL in faceoff winning percentage during the regular season and have raised the bar even higher during the Stanley Cup Finals.
Bruins centermen won 71.4 percent of their draws in Game 3 -- including 24 or 28 by Patrice Bergeron.
“Before every faceoff you just go out there, with the mindset to win it -- obviously it gives you some confidence that you know that you’re beating the guy you’re against, but every single faceoff starts with, both guys get a 50-50 chance, and so, you gotta bear down and make sure you’re winning,” said Bruins center David Krejci.
“Our team takes a lot of pride in our faceoffs and whether it’s not only the centermen, but also the wingers jumping in, and obviously, Bergy (Patrice Bergeron) had an unbelievable game on the draw last game, and I think it’s just the whole pride thing that makes us successful,” said Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.
Those wins at the dot often translate into scoring chances. Getting the upper hand is part of the Bruins game plan.