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Sturm, Auld Save Bruins

Friday, 02.22.2008 / 2:15 AM ET / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
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Sturm, Auld Save Bruins
As Seen on NESN – A change in goal and a hard-fought battle during the third period led to a 5-4 shootout victory for the Bruins against the Florida Panthers, earning the team seven of eight possible points during the first four games of this five-game roadtrip.

“We knew that [the Panthers] had blown two-goal leads [in the third period] in the past few games, and they might be a little fragile in that area,” head coach Claude Julien told NESN after the game, “so we came out with lots of confidence, worked on that first goal, and took it from there.

Third-period goals from Zdeno Chara and Phil Kessel led the game to overtime, and Marco Sturm secured the win for the B’s with the only goal of the shootout.

“I didn’t like [shootouts] this morning,” joked Sturm, who had missed in a shootout on Monday morning.  “I’m glad it finally went in.”

Alex Auld, who replaced goalie Tim Thomas at the start of the third period, said he thought playing with the Panthers last season helped him block their shootout attempts.

“[Steve Montador, Nathan Horton and Olli Jokinen] are three guys that I know pretty well from playing…with these guys,” said Auld.  “Last year, I stayed out a lot after with these guys.”

Staying calm in the heat of the moment is also a key to winning a shootout, Auld said.

“Patience is huge; try not to make that first move,” he explained.  “The first one almost sunk in, but it just stayed out.”

Coach Julien acknowledged the netminder’s role in turning the game around during the final 20 minutes of regular play.

“[Auld] played a big role for us in the third period when we needed some good goaltending,” Coach Julien said.  “It’s never easy to come into those situations, but I’m glad that the guys fought back.”

Even when they were down by two goals, the Black & Gold didn’t give up.

“Obviously we weren’t getting the results we wanted through the first 40 minutes, but we stayed with it and got some huge goals,” Auld said, adding that the entire team played a good game.

The team had a positive outlook despite the not-so-positive scoreboard, said Sturm.

“We knew we were the better team,” he said, “and even after the second, we kept going and going.”

“We battled back tonight, and the guys did a good job getting a gutsy win, pulling it out there,” said Shawn Thornton.

A simple, by-the-book style of play seemed to help.  The team “stuck to the system,” said Thornton.  “We stuck to the forecheck and held on to the puck when we had it.”

The past few games for the Bruins have been nail-biting, last-minute wins – or near-wins, in the case of the Toronto Maple Leafs game on Saturday – but they’re still racking up the points, and that’s what matters.

“So far, so good for us,” Thornton said.  “A win’s a win, and I’ll take that.”

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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