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Back to Practice

Wednesday, 01.23.2008 / 11:20 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Back to Practice
Good news...

Gas is only $2.93 in Wilmington, the sun came up and the B's play their next game on Thursday.

Bad news...

Yesterday's stat sheet still reads "8-2, Habs."

Yes, the Bruins lost to the Canadiens in tough fashion yesterday. However, B's head coach Claude Julien made a decent point this morning in the paper when he told The Boston Herald's Steve Conroy, "I don't think it should tarnish the effort we've had against other teams. Right now, there's nothing we can do about (last night) but bounce back in the next game. We have to start doing that right at this moment."

Makes sense...

Julien added, "Any time you play a good makes you forget the types of games that we just played."


It stands to reason that the Bruins must figure out a way to solve the Canadiens -- if only for their own sanity -- before they clubs meet again in March.

3:02 p.m.

"We've got to make sure our focus is in the right place," said Coach Julien after practice today. "The bottom line is: If we win tomorrow night, we're going to the all-star break in the seventh spot.

"That's what we should be looking at more than anything else right now.

"Right now there is nothing we can do about yesterday," he said.

The Bruins did not look like the happiest folks on the planet, a sentiment echoed by their coach, who liked the attitude he saw at practice.

"Yah, for two reasons," said Claude. "They are still upset about last night and rightfully so. If those things don't sting and don't burn then you start getting worried about your hockey club.

"(The game vs. Montreal) still bothers them, but at the same time they were able to focus on what is coming up tomorrow and they know the importance of bouncing back and the importance of the win.

"Basically, I don't think anyone had their smiles going this morning, but they were certainly determined to get themselves ready for tomorrow."

7:49 p.m.
Coach Julien is happy that the all-star break is happening this week.

"Everybody needs a rest at some point," said Julien earlier this afternoon. "(And) with the number of injuries that we have, the more time (to rest) we have, the better it is for our hockey club.

"It's not a bad thing.

"Some people think that you are going to lose your grove and I don't think (that is the case). If anything I think we can use the time to help us regain some of our players," he said.

Speaking of those players. How are they?

"Status quo," said Julien. "(Axelsson) is still (dealing) with his foot and we're still dealing with (Murry's hip). We don't know when (they'll return), it's just a daily process."

Murray did not skate today and Julien said that he had a minor setback.

"It is not a major setback...any time he feels something, we just pull him back a bit."

And Axie has not been skating.

"He'll be reassessed in the next couple of days as to whether he can start skating or not," added Coach.




1 MTL 22 16 4 2 78 49 34
2 OTT 21 11 5 5 65 58 27
3 DET 21 11 8 2 49 52 24
4 BOS 20 11 8 1 65 59 23
5 TBL 22 10 9 3 53 48 23
6 FLA 21 8 9 4 54 55 20
7 TOR 22 7 10 5 49 58 19
8 BUF 21 8 11 2 43 56 18


D. Krejci 20 8 14 2 22
P. Bergeron 20 7 13 5 20
L. Eriksson 20 9 9 5 18
B. Marchand 18 10 6 9 16
T. Krug 20 1 11 2 12
J. Hayes 20 4 7 -1 11
R. Spooner 20 4 7 -3 11
Z. Chara 18 3 8 6 11
B. Connolly 19 4 6 -2 10
M. Beleskey 18 2 7 -1 9
T. Rask 7 7 1 .900 2.94
J. Gustavsson 4 1 0 .914 2.20
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