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B's D-Men Want to Contribute

Sunday, 01.10.2010 / 9:38 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  -
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Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins dives out to save the puck against Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers
Boston, MA -- Before the Boston Bruins even took the ice on Saturday, already minus Patrice Bergeron because of a broken thumb, the Black & Gold were put behind the eight ball yet again as the club announced that Marc Savard will be out of commission with a partial MCL tear for 3-4 weeks.

"It’s unfortunate. Anytime you lose a player it’s an unfortunate situation," said Julien. "Especially [when] we know what Savvy can bring to our hockey club.

"But, again, that’s part of the game."

So are losses, but thats a part of the game that the B's simply can't accept.

Postgame, following the Bruins 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers in front of a sold out TD Garden crowd, Julien said, "The one thing you can’t do is walk away here hanging your heads and feeling sorry for yourself.

"You,ve just got to plug away through those kind of things and that’s what we’re going to try and do here the next couple of days, before we head out on what we consider a pretty tough road trip."

On Tuesday, the Bruins travel to California for dates with the Ducks, the Sharks and the Kings and the Bruins know that something needs to change.

"We need to do more. Me especially," said defenseman Dennis Wideman, who scored the Bruins lone goal on Saturday afternoon. "I’m not even close to where I was last year, and that’s something that I want to get going as much as we can, especially with some of our top scorers out of the lineup, we’re really expected to make a little more happen from the back end."

As the Bruins struggle with the loss of Bergeron and Savard -- two of their most potent offensive weapons -- the Boston blueliners will be called on to make up some of the difference in the lost offensive production.

"We certainly encourage our guys to do that, as far as D supporting in back," said Julien. "But we need to get better at that.

"When you’re looking for goal scoring, you got to look for it from everywhere, you can’t just put the onus on just the forward and leaving D’s out of it.

"Our forwards are responsible for our goals against as much as our D, so why wouldn’t our D be the same offensively," he said. But as the team moves into their three game road trip, the Bruins will have yet another foe.

"Tonight was frustrating," said defenseman Derek Morris. "We played pretty hard I thought. The effort was definitely there."

Unfortunately, in the NHL effort isn't enough.

"We should be playing smarter out there. We should keep it simple.  We’re trying plays that aren’t there," said veteran forward Steve Begin. "we know what we have to do, we just have to execute now.  We’ve got video, we’ve got meetings, we’ve got everything, and just... we’re not doing it out there.

"We have everything that we need to win a game but we’ll have to execute, which we’re not doing."

After an off day on Sunday, Boston returns to practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday.




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


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
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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