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The Bruins Broke Out

The B's ended their offensive drought with a four goal effort

Monday, 11.09.2009 / 8:48 AM / Features
By Dyan LeBourdais  - Intern |
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The Bruins Broke Out
Mark Recchi (28) celebrates his goal with Patrice Bergeron (37) in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, in Boston. The Bruins won 4-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Boston, MA - It’s no secret that the Bruins had been lacking in offensive production over the last few weeks. In fact, the goal-scoring drought was the talk of the Hub of Hockey.

“But you’ve just got to keep telling them to stick with it,” said head coach Claude Julien after Friday morning’s practice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington. “You’ve got to try give them some guidance.

“[As a coach], you hope that if the guys can stick with it and continue to play a decent game that eventually down the road that challenge that you’ve gone through is going to pay off and that’s what people seem to forget,” he said. “When things go well all year long and then you hit a wall at some point, you don’t know how to deal with it.

“Right now we have to deal with it and hopefully it will pay off,” added Julien, prophetically.

It did pay off and with a strong team effort on Saturday the B’s took a promising turn and earned a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the TD Garden.

“We played pretty good but I think we can play better too,” said forward Marco Sturm who scored his third goal of the season. “Also the play tonight was tough, but we stayed on it and did a pretty good job.”

Goaltender Tuukka Rask (28 saves) agreed.

“I mean [it was a] solid 60-minute effort,” said Rask. “I felt like our guys were really good today.”

Recchi netted his third goal of the season by scoring on the power play at 3:17 of the first. Then Zdeno Chara scored his first goal of the season, also on the power play, at 16:31. Byron Bitz scored at 1:22 of the second period in his first game back from a groin injury that saw him miss the last three games. Goal number four came when Sturm scored at 18:31 in the second.

“I think the start was good for us,” added Rask. “To get a 2-nothing lead there in the first period…that was the key because if you just keep pounding the puck at net and nothing goes in, it’s frustrating.

“But today we got two goals ahead and that really helped us.”

“We’ve waited for a long time for this,” said Sturm in agreement. “So, we were happy but we still need to focus for the tough challenges.”

Steve Begin (2 hits, 2 assists) spoke about those challenges – which include transferring the momentum gained on Saturday to Tuesday’s tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“We have to bring this game’s [energy] to the next one,” said the forward. “Everything you saw tonight, that’s what we need to do.

“I [saw] great work from everybody and it’s easy when you stick with the game plan. You win games and it’s easy.”

As for the fights and physical play that seemed to spark the Bruins, Sturm said, “Maybe that’s what we need to do, so it’s nice to see everyone get involved.”

Bruins beat cop Shawn Thornton ( 1 assist, 3 hits, 12-minutes in penalties) was in the middle of all of that action, and fought ex-Bruin Steve Montador.

“Well obviously whenever you fight you hope that it helps and doesn’t hurt,” said Thornton, who got an extra minor prior to his second fight against Paul Gaustad. “You got to give credit to my teammates in that situation for stepping up and making me look good instead of bad.

“I thank my teammates for really showing up and feeding off [the fight] instead of letting them have momentum.”

Thornton’s linemate Byron Bitz, who scored the game-winning goal, talked about the victory.

“It’s always fun when you are winning,” said the forward. “We stuck with it and I don’t really think we changed much tonight

“we just kept pouring shots on net [and] we scored four goals tonight which is nice to see.

“And it makes it more fun when you are scoring goals,” he said.

Julien was happy with the outcome.

“It was nice to see our power play give us the lead tonight,” said the head coach, postgame. “We had a couple of nice goals and some good net presence in front of the net.

“The first one we had a good tip, and the next one we had a good screen and it went off of their player, but still you have to score goals sometimes to get yourself going,” continued Julien. “Our special teams tonight were obviously much better.

“Our penalty kill was outstanding. They did a good job tonight. Those kind of things when your specialty teams do well, there is a good chance you are going to win hockey games.”




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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