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Whitfield Speaks from Experience

The veteran pro says that the bounces will go Boston's way soon.

Thursday, 11.05.2009 / 9:16 AM / Features
By Dyan LeBourdais  - Intern |
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Whitfield Speaks from Experience
Boston, MA -- Veteran forward Trent Whitfield has been a professional hockey player over 12 years, so there’s no doubt he’s seen some scoring droughts in his career. And after the B’s shutout loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Whitfield preached patience and said with hard work the Bruins will make their own luck.

“Well it’s come to the point now where we’re starting to squeeze our sticks a little too much,” said Whitfield to bostonbruinsTV. “Chances are there early and we’re not getting those bounces going in, they’re going the other way.

“But we’ve just got to keep our positive mindset and…just play hard for 60-minutes, and if we do that we’ll get our bounces.”

Hopefully those bounces start soon.

The only time the Bruins have scored more than four goals in regulation this season came in their second regular season game of the 08-09 season when they took the Hurricanes for a 7-2 victory on October 3rd. The last time the B’s scored more than two came in a 4-3 shootout victory on October 24 versus the Senators.

Tonight, the Bruins will get the chance to break through their doldrums in the TD Garden when they faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens at 7p.m.

For Whitfield and the Bruins, the game against the Habs might be the perfect tonic.

“It’s in the back of our mind now that we’re not getting breaks and [it feels] kind of unfair,” explained Whitfield. “Boo-hoo on us,” chuckled the veteran forward making a joke about how things like this happen to teams now and again.

Clearly Whitfield and the Bruins understand that no one in the NHL is feeling sorry for the Bruins.

“It’s just one of those things where we [need to] stick together as a team [and] we can’t get down on each other,” he said. “At the moment I think we just got to keep it simple, keep the pucks and bodies to the net and [get a] quick couple bounces around the net, start feeling good about ourselves again and then the puck will go in for us.

“Just go to the net, keep it simple and when things start going our way then we can start being a little bit more creative.”

Whitfield also reminded the press that not everything had gone south for Boston. Tim Thomas, for example, played very well against his hometown Red Wings.

“Yeah, he played well in New York as well, it’s just unfortunate we’re not able to put the puck in the net for him,” said Whitfield. “We got a couple posts tonight and we’re that close [and] if we keep sticking to the game plan and play together, I think we’ll start scoring.”

There’s no time like the present because, unfortunately, power forward Milan Lucic and all-star center Marc Savard aren’t stepping onto the ice on Thursday night.

“Well exactly, you can’t wait for those guys,” said Whitfield. “Those guys obviously are key players on our team and you miss them, but [other] guys got to step up.”

Whitfield added, when your team has a hard time scoring, it’s natural to “try and do things more on your own, individually.

“You know, things aren’t working when you’re chipping and charging, you try and beat guys one on one where it’s just not possible and turn pucks over,” he said. “But you have to stick to the system.

“You keep it simple, turn some pucks and bodies to the net and maybe one will bounce in off a leg or off your back or something like that.

“That’s what we need right now.”




1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 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


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
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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