Bruins Sunday Notebook
A Day Off in DC for the B's
Sunday, 04.04.2010 / 12:25 PM / Features
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
Following the Bruins stirring 2-1 overtime win against the Maple Leafs, B's head coach Claude Julien gave an update on Dennis Seidenberg -- the B's defenseman who was last seen leaving the ice bleeding with what looked like a nasty cut on his arm.
"He's fine," said Julien to NESN's Naoko Funayama of Zdeno Chara's defense partner. "He is going to be traveling with us to Washington.
"Obviously, he got a little cut there on the wrist and that got taken care of, [but] he should be fine for next game."
Switch up, settle down...
Julien shifted the lineup before Saturday's game and initially, the results were not overly positive.
"Whether you like to admit or say it or not the guys felt a bit of pressure there early in the game and didn't seem to have our legs," said Julien. "They were heavy and it looked like we were skating in quicksand.
"It got better as the game went on and again...it is [about] finding ways to win and those at the end of the year become huge wins.
"I think there was certainly some adjustments as you go along or get familiar with the different players that you play with, but obviously [David] Krejci's line tonight was very good with Miro [Satan] there. And, obviously,[Marco Sturm] on the left and...I thought that even the [Steve] Begin line had a couple of chances, but overall, thought our guys played hard and played well."
Krejci sounded a little relieved as he talked to the media.
"I think we were getting used to each other the first period and I don't think we skated really well," said David in agreement with his coach. "We didn't drive the net and we didn't get any power play time.
We talked about it in the room after the first period and we came out pretty hard in the second and played the game. We didn't care if we were going to get the two points in regulation or in
OT or in the shootout.
"But we got our two points and that's the most important thing right now."
Asked what was said during the first break, Krejci said, "Obviously the guys were upset, but we talked about it. You have to talk about these things.
"And I think it helped us a little bit. We had a good...second and everybody found their legs and we put the puck on the net and drove the net. Picked up the rebounds and a lucky goal. We stayed with it and we got the big one in OT."
The importance of the win was lost on nobody.
"We've been losing so many good players, so it's no fun," said Krejci in reference to the
Bruins M*A*S*H unit (consisting of Marc Savard, Andrew Ference, Mark Stuart amongst others), but I think we regrouped pretty well today and the two points are very huge.
"The Rangers won and Montreal won, so that was a big one tonight."
As of noon on Sunday, the Bruins are in seventh place and would face New Jersey in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Eastern GP, W-L-OT, PTS
Washington 78, 51-15-12, 114
New Jersey 78, 45-26-7, 97
Buffalo 78, 43-25-10, 96
Pittsburgh 78, 45-26-7, 97
Ottawa 79, 43-31-5, 91
Montréal 79, 39-32-8, 86
Boston 78, 36-30-12, 84
Philadelphia 78, 38-34-6, 82
NY Rangers 78, 36-32-10, 82
Atlanta 79, 34-32-13, 81
Chara Charged Up
Zdeno Chara almost smiled as he spoke to NESN postgame.
"I think that every win from now on to the end of the season is huge," said Chara. "We probably shouldn't be in this position if we would be paying [well] on a more consistent basis.
"But that's the way it is and now we have to look at what's ahead of us...[Saturday] we enjoyed the win, but our next opponent is ready for us."
Washington sits in first place and has given the B's fits over the past couple seasons.
"Well, one thing we do know is that they are loaded with talent and they're loaded with skill and we are going to have to really play a tight game," said Julien of the Capitals. "[The B's have to] Play hard and obviously we're going to have to skate a lot better than we did tonight."
Things are tight at the bottom of the East's top eight, but Chara remains excited about the B's final four games.
"Yah it is [tight], but at the same time that's what you play for," said the B's captain. "It's very exciting.
"And these games are so, so big and, obviously, it's good preparation for the playoffs."
Two U's, Two K's, Two Points
Tuukka Rask remained in brilliant form against the Maple Leafs and one has to begin to wonder if Rask's stretch run may have opened some people's eyes wide enough to expand Rask's trophy candidacy from the Jennigs and Calder to the Vezina.
The Bruins rookie has quietly taken over the NHL lead in goals against average (2.19) and save percentage (1.96). Only his relatively light games played (42) and record (20-12-4) keep him from being a front runner.
But anyone who watches the rookie knows that #40 has almost single-handedly kept the B's in playoff position. Saturday's game was no exception, as the Bruins stumbled early.
"[Early] we were sloppy and didn't find our legs and we let them go and take the lead," said Rask to NESN. "I know the first period was the way it was, but I think after that we got better as the game went on and we scored the goals we needed to get the win."
Rask is downright stoic in comparison to his often boistrous Bruins teammates, and that is on purpose.
"I just try to play the [same] game every night," said Rask. "I try to get the scoreboard as low as I can to give us a chance to win everynight and that's the only thing I worry about."
No Better Way to Start
Toronto is a hockey shrine site for most every Canadian kid and Andrew Bodnarchuk is no different. clearly, the Halifax, Nova Scoatia resident watched plenty of hockey from the ACC while he dremt of the very things that happened on Saturday night in T.O.
"It was a thrill," said Bodnarchuk. "A lot of emotions definitely.
"The first period, when you first get out there, and you take a quick peek around you a lot of thoughts flash through your head and that brief little moment of the work you've put in and the people who have helped you out.
"It was good to get the feet wet and get the first one out of the way."
That first one was as storybook as it can get for a stay-at-home D-man who had worked hard in the AHL for a couple of seasons.
"As the game went on it got easier for me and the play slowed down a little bit for me," said Bodnarchuk. "I've been talking to a lot of people here, the first is toughest. When the nerves get going it's tough to slow the mind down, so I definitely felt more comfortable as the game went on."
As a member of the B's organization, Bodnarchuk knew how important -- in terms of playoff and draft standing -- the Saturday night tilt in Toronto really was to the Black & Gold.
"Definitely, I knew coming in," said Andy. "I knew before the game.
"Obviously I keep track of the team while I am down in Providence.
"I knew the boys wanted it and management wanted it and it was a really really hungry team in here and I'm glad we got the victory," he said.
And heck, winning in OT in front of a Hockey Night in Canada Crowd doesn't hurt either.
"Absolutely, it was a thrill on the bench to see that OT winner, jump over the boards and I
can't think of a better finish tonight," he said.