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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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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