“Over [in Switzerland], I still had time to get [the puck] and go. I know it’s an adjustment and it looks like it’s almost cheating, but I know that I need to go back a bit lower and get more ice.
“It’s just about making the adjustments. I knew it in my head, but I didn’t know it was going to creep up like that in a game.’’
During his tenure behind the Boston bench, coach Claude Julien has masterfully sprinkled days off into the 82-game schedule. Rest and recovery, he figures, will be even more vital this time around.
“I think it’s going to be a tougher process because you are playing every second day,’’ he said. “You’ve got to give guys breaks somewhere along the way.
“Sometimes it tough, because you give guys a break and then the next day you are playing and you feel with just one day off it takes them almost a half-period for them to get their hands back in synch. And you don’t want to have a bad start.
“So it is something you are going to have to sacrifice and deal with at times — rest over early sharpness maybe. Forty-eight games is a lot different than 82, and 48 is not as forgiving, that’s for sure.’’