Game Day: Senators vs. Bruins
Saturday, 01.23.2010 / 9:13 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
Coach Julien spoke about the B's afternoon matchup with obvious reference to it's significance to the club in terms of their playoff positioning and divisional standing.
"They know what’s at stake and we just got to go out there and play," said Julien. "Right now, I’m not frustrated, [and] I’m just not going to start over analyzing this stuff.
"We’ve got to win the game tonight," he continued. "They know what’s at stake, so you just get your team prepared and say, ‘Listen, let’s just go out there and do a job that we hope to do tonight.’"
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Tim Thomas is in goal for Boston. Brian Elliott for Ottawa.
The Bruins are wearing their gold Winter Classic uniforms.
During his availability, Coach Julien was asked about the turnaround of the Ottawa Senators.
"They’re obviously playing with more confidence, there’s not doubt," said Julien. "They’ve got players coming back and they’re playing well. That’s what it’s all about.
"When you’re confident about yourself and your team, things start going your way and it just gets better. They’ve got five wins in a row now so I know that they’ve got lots of confidence and they’re coming in here with something on their mind.
"We hopefully have our things to do tonight that’s going to hopefully make a different outcome than they think," he said.
Coach Julien confirmed that it would be the same lineup this afternoon, but again left his goaltending choice up in the air.
Begin, Bitz and Sturm will not travel to Carolina tonight if they have not been cleared to play.
We're still waiting on Coach Julien's pregame presser.
In the meantime, why not check out Samantha Wood's piece on one of the brighter spots in the B's lineup, Trent Whitfield.
Check out Sam's piece here.
Talking about the B's working for a win on Saturday, on Friday Coach Julien said, "There’s a little bit of everything in this game. You need a little bit of luck sometimes and you've got to make your own luck.
"You've got to do a lot of things, but the one thing you don’t want to do is shove things down their throat right now because that’s the last thing they need."
The Bruins are arriving at the Garden and Coach Julien is speaking at 11:50 a.m.
It sounds as if injured B's center Marc Savard might be trying to talk his way into the lineup this weekend.
"I felt great today," said Savard on Friday after his first full practice with the team. "I was only going to go out for a bit and ended up staying the whole way.
"Everything felt good and right now I feel fine."
Asked about suiting up on Saturday or Sunday, Savard gave a chuckle, said, "We'll see."
"I ended up feeling great and right now there’s no pain or nothing so it’s a good sign," he explained. "We’ll still talk about it...but right now, next Friday,"
"It’s going to be mostly up to the training staff and the coaching staff, and how comfortable they are with it."
Lest anyone think the Bruins are taking their slump lightly, I present the words of young David Krejci as he spoke about the B's loss to Columbus.
"You know, personally, I had two chances -- I usually bury those," said David. "That was my toughest night of the year, for sure."
Here's Tuukka Rask, as he spoke about the phantom call on Milan Lucic and the Blue Jackets final goal: " It was a tough call there in the third, but you know, I got to have that shot."
I spoke with Krejci (and thought it better to leave Tuukka alone) on Friday. David said that he, and the team, have got to move on quickly.
"I think if you look at our last five games, three on the road, we worked so hard and we came back [to play] Ottawa. A bad game. But I don't think we played bad [Thursday]," he said as he took the blame for the loss on his own shoulders. "I think, talking about the last five games, I like my game overall and if...I had buried those two chances it's a different game.
"I had open nets. It was 2-1 for us and if I had scored it would be 3-1 in the third period. A different game.
"But I didn't do that, so, it's just one of those things I have to make sure it's going to be in the net," he said.
Doing so will require a short memory -- a sentiment seconded by Coach Julien.
"Well I don’t think there’s any use in extra baggage," said the head coach on Friday. "That’s...not something we need right now.
"What’s in the past is in the past and you got to look forward to your next challenge and that’s the only way I can see us getting back on the right path."
Krejci got the message.
"We've just got to forget it and keep moving forward," said Krejci. "Whatever happened, happened and we have to learn from these mistakes and we have two huge games.
"Ottawa, it's a division game and we've really got to show up and show what we can do. Play our game and hopefully tomorrow is going to be the start of something good."