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B's Win Big Against the Birds

Thursday, 02.14.2008 / 8:13 AM / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
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B\'s Win Big Against the Birds
As seen on NESN – After a rough stretch of a win and three losses since last Tuesday, the Bruins won their first game in a five-game stretch on the road 2-1 last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“This was one of the games that we needed, and we realized that we had to bounce back,” head coach Claude Julien told NESN after the game.  “As much as…we tried to put aside [Tuesday night’s game] and concentrate on this one, we’ve got to put this one aside and start thinking about the next and try and get that same kind of effort night in and night out.”

In a game full of penalties to both teams – five to the Penguins and eight for the B’s – a strong power play and penalty kill became important.

“We had some guys that logged a lot of ice time because of the numerous penalties that were called,” said Coach Julien, “but the guys responded well, and we did the job, and we were able to get the big two points.”

Coach praised the team’s work throughout the “tough night.” The B's had to persist despite some questionable (and perhaps missed) penalty calls, including one that sent Aaron Ward to the hospital for precautionary measures after he received a stick to the throat.

“Our penalty killers did an incredible job tonight,” said goalie Tim Thomas.  “In theory, we don’t want to take that many penalties and have to kill off that many penalties, but it was what it was, and we had to deal with it, so the penalty killers came up big.”

Thomas had 21 saves during the night, stopping all but one of the few shots the team let through while trying to “keep [the] game simple and not make it any harder than it was,” he said.

“We didn’t give them a whole lot to shoot on [except] those outside shots, and Timmy took care of those,” added P.J. Axelsson.

But the big news of the night was the strong work of the third and fourth lines, including Vladimir Sobotka’s first NHL goal and a goal for Petteri Nokelainen.  All players on both lines came out of the game with at least one point.

“Every once in a while, that’s what you need, for everybody to be able to score some goals at times and help your team win,” Coach Julien said, “and tonight, our bottom two lines did the offensive job.”

The whole team was proud of the work the lines had done, especially putting the only two goals of the game on the board.

“Those guys were working hard for us all year, and when they get on the scoreboard, it’s huge,” Axelsson said.  “I’m happy for them; they’ve been working hard to get those goals.”

Coming out with a win tonight gave the team a needed boost for the games ahead, captain Zdeno Chara said.

“It seems like we’re playing better on the road…so we just have to play like we did tonight [for the rest of the trip]…lots of big efforts and hard work,” he said.

“Then, when we come back home from the road, we just have to continue to play that way.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
2 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
3 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
6 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
7 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
8 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 47 11 21 7 32
C. Soderberg 48 10 21 7 31
L. Eriksson 47 11 18 9 29
D. Hamilton 48 8 18 2 26
B. Marchand 43 13 12 12 25
M. Lucic 47 9 16 7 25
T. Krug 44 9 15 6 24
R. Smith 48 9 14 5 23
D. Krejci 28 6 16 6 22
C. Kelly 46 5 16 6 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .922 2.22
T. Rask 20 11 7 .919 2.35
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