Bruins Back to Business...
Monday, 10.2.2006 / 9:18 AM ET / News
It is Monday, after all!
As noted in this space, and elsewhere, the Bruins did not take the loss to heart on Saturday afternoon.
Obviously, the Boys in Black want to win; however it wasn’t a down locker room after the game. In fact, most of the B’s were up and out of the locker room and onto their exercise bikes shortly after the game – a very professional way to handle a loss, I think.
In particular, Head Coach Dave Lewis took the score in stride, preferring to focus on what the team could learn from the setback, as opposed to hitting the panic button.
Coach had this to say after the game:
“I thought [Murray, Savard] played extremely well and I thought 5-on-5 we controlled the play…We controlled the 2nd period 5-on-5 and took a careless penalty with our stick. And you can’t do that, against a team that has a potent power play…I know the guys that do that are guys who have a lot of energy and need to be taught a few things, we’re still learning as a group…to work better…It’s going to be a bit of a process, and it will be a process we work on this next week.”
“I hope the team is a team like the one you saw in the second period. And in the third period we didn’t quit. We battled and we were down and came within one. We could have tied it up. I want to establish a team of strong character and there is a certain belief in the room that regardless of the score, that you still have a chance. But you have to keep pressing and keep working, work together and support each other. That’s sort’ve a theme that some of the young guys have heard a lot. Just support each other when things aren’t going so well. It’s going to take time.”
“I thought we created chaos around the net tonight. We didn’t have that in the game in New York. I thought Lundqvist made some tremendous saves. He found some pucks that most goalies don’t find through traffic. We had some chances…it was exactly what we talked about and [the team] did that – especially 5-on-5. And they’re learning in different areas collectively. And we’re going to still try to, on a daily basis, be there for them if the information is not clear…so that everybody understands what we are going to do.”
“I think it is going to be really good to open on the road. You get to spend time together, there is that bonding process, and we’ll have time between games to work on things.”
“I think [Kessel] has the ability to create chances. And I thought we saw that again tonight, and he did that in New York. I had him against Jagr a couple of times, that didn’t seem to bother him too much.”
“I don’t think that [Kessel’s give away in front of the goal] was a rookie mistake. I just think that the puck stuck to the ice. I don’t know the reason why, but we looked at it, he was in the right position, he had the puck on his stick, but, for whatever reason the puck [stuck]. Good players make mistakes like that and I don’t blame him at all. It just happened to be his jersey there. It could have been anybody on our team and that’s not the kind of thing that I evaluate as a defensive snafu…those happen…I don’t think it really phased him…he responded well, after that.”
“We have a great team here, a great bunch of guys, and I am having a lot of fun…you learn a lot from great players and playing in games…I feel pretty comfortable.”
Forward, Phil Kessel, on training camp, thus far
“You have to learn from it. Don’t put pressure on yourself that you HAVE to win the next one, you have to learn and become a better team because of it.”
Forward, Patrice Bergeron, on losing
“It’s fun playing back home, but losing like that is not fun. But we had some positives out there. Five on five, I think we won the game.”
Defenseman, Paul Mara, on training camp, thus far
And another thing…
“Three tripping penalties, you can’t have [that]…I take full responsibility for it.”
Defenseman, Paul Mara, on his three penalties during the loss to NY