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Most of the Bruins get a Breather in Buffalo

Only five skaters hit the ice at HSBC Arena

Monday, 02.8.2010 / 3:04 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Most of the Bruins get a Breather in Buffalo
3:36 p.m.
Krejci Update
Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46), of the Czech Republic, is held back by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek, of the Czech Republic, as Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak, right, of Slovakia, makes the save in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
"I feel much better," said David Krejci earlier this afternoon. "I think I will be ready tomorrow, but we'll see how I'll sleep and how I'll feel tomorrow on the ice."

Krejci said he tried to come back from his injury during the B's vs. Habs game on Sunday.

"Yah, I tried, but I just didn't feel like I could play 100%," said David. "And you know that the team was doing good and winning 2-0, and I just didn't want to go out there and play my 80% -- it wouldn't be good enough.

"So, it was decided that if I couldn't go 100%, I shouldn't go."

Using similar logic, Krejci will skate tomorrow to see where he is in terms of playing on Tuesday night.

"I feel, already, better this morning," said Krejci. "I guess that I think I will be fine, but hoprefully I will feel even better tomorrow and be ready to go.

"But we'll see tomorrow."

3:06 p.m.

Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton, left, and Montreal Canadiens' Roman Hamrlik lunge for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
Today was a very light day for the Boston Bruins, with only Andrew Ference, Shawn Thornton, Vladimir Sobotka, Byron Bitz and Tim Thomas skating at HSBC Arena.

Obviously, Coach Julien and the B’s coaching staff were happy with yesterday’s effort – and, presumably, the effort going into the Bruins 3-0 win over the Habs.

“The losing streak was because of shootouts, otherwise we’d be talking about a couple of ties,” said Julien postgame in Montreal. “We had played so well in the last four or five games and felt cheated in the way that we played well enough to win and we weren’t getting rewarded with it.

“So it’s a matter of sticking with it and you hope that at one point you’ll get a break and things are going to turn for you. And I thought tonight we did get some breaks first of all,” he said.

The Bruins seemed to make their own breaks on Sunday and the major impetus for that luck came from the glove hand of rookie goalie Tuukka Rask.

“You’ve been looking at the way he’s played and he’s technically pretty sound,” said Julien. “The last two games, he got us a point. The reason we didn’t get two points is because we didn’t do our job offensively.

“He’s been good. Right now we’re at a stage where you got to go with the goalie right now that’s playing the best. And I think right now he’s playing the best.

“We know what Tim can do, and Tim will be there at some point, there’s no doubt. But right now I think Tuukka’s done a pretty good job,” he said.

Rookie defenseman Adam McQuaid lent a hand, as well.

“We had some great scoring chances tonight, some of them from tips,” said Julien. “Even the first goal, McQuaid scores and said it went off their sticks.

“Well even if it didn’t go off their stick, [Marc Savard's] right there if you look at the replay. He was aiming for Savvy’s stick and Savvy probably would have had that one.

“But it was great to see a young kid like that get his first goal here in Montreal,” he said.

But perhaps the most important bit of luck was saved for the stick of B's veteran winger Marco Sturm.

“Sturmy scored a big one at the end of the first, which I thought was huge for us,” said Julien. “We readjusted ourselves here in the third and made the right decisions.

“We were getting pucks out of our own end; we were making sure the pucks were getting deep. And sometimes when you’re patient and you do the right things, you hope that the team is going to cough it up at some point and you’re going to take advantage of it and get that third goal.”

Krejci Update?
After the B's small practice this morning, Coach Julien was asked if he had an update on  David Krejci.

"Not really, but I think it's looking good, from what I've heard," said Julien. "He just got here and he's getting treatments but I think it's getting better.

"I would tell you, to be honest with you, that we'll see him tomorrow for morning skate and he'll see how it feels. It's the leg obviously.

"You saw him limping off the ice and he tried to skate again and couldn't so hopefully he'll be better here tomorrow," he said.




1 MTL 23 17 4 2 83 50 36
2 OTT 22 12 5 5 70 61 29
3 BOS 21 12 8 1 68 61 25
4 DET 22 11 8 3 51 55 25
5 TBL 23 11 9 3 54 49 25
6 FLA 21 8 9 4 54 55 20
7 TOR 22 7 10 5 49 58 19
8 BUF 22 8 12 2 45 59 18


D. Krejci 21 8 15 3 23
P. Bergeron 21 7 13 3 20
L. Eriksson 21 9 10 6 19
B. Marchand 19 10 6 7 16
T. Krug 21 1 11 1 12
J. Hayes 21 4 7 -3 11
R. Spooner 21 4 7 -3 11
Z. Chara 19 3 8 6 11
B. Connolly 20 4 6 -2 10
M. Beleskey 19 2 8 1 10
T. Rask 7 7 1 .900 2.94
J. Gustavsson 5 1 0 .920 2.15
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