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Round One Goes to Boston

The Garden will host the second half of the home and home on Thursday

Wednesday, 12.31.2008 / 10:36 AM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Round One Goes to Boston
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Pittsburgh, PA - Sometimes a win just seems to count for more than two points.

Bruins head coach Claude Julien wouldn't admit it, but the Bruins 5-2 take down of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night felt like one of those wins.

"It's hard to compare," said Julien. "But I can tell you that it was a really good game and I thought we had a really good effort all around.

"From start to finish I think we stuck with it and there weren't any soft moments or soft shifts.

"That's kind of what we talked about yesterday. We thought our game had to get back to getting our work ethic back to where it used to be where it was our pride and our forte," he said.

With their 60-minute effort the Bruins did that and worked through some tough moments to power through to a victory.

"I know we keep saying that through the course of 82 games you can have some tougher games than others, but the fact that we still manage to win those games was a good sign -- but you didn't wan to get complacent and stay in that mode," explained Julien. "For us to play against what I consider to be a real good team and play the way we did tonight, was certainly encouraging."

Lost in the firepower displayed by the Bruins was a spectacular performance by goalie Tim Thomas, who held the line until the Boston offense broke out.

"Timmy was making those point blank saves," said Julien. "They've got some good shooters and...I thought he was very, very good."

Thomas' defense had to allow the veteran goalie to see those shots coming in and that was not an easy task.

"I think that's something that [the Penguins] do extremely well," said Julien. "They cycle the puck and they find those guys in the slot area and we had to address that before the game.

"I was really about making sure we took that part of the game away and making sure our guys collapsed [to protect the net].

"They had a couple of chances in the first from the corner to the slot area, but we tightened up after that," he said.

Julien cautioned, however, that with the Penguins set to return to Boston on Thursday evening anything but a solid 60-minute effort that night will result in a defeat.

"We talked about that," said Julien. "This is going to be a rematch on New Year's Day and they are a proud team.

"They are certainly not going to roll over and die. They are going to come into [the TD Banknorth Garden] and want revenge.

"They are going to come out hard and I think that's what we expect," he said.

Boston will take Wednesday off from practice and will return to action on Thursday night.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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