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Lots of Building to Do

Saturday's win was just a start

Saturday, 03.17.2012 / 11:03 PM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Lots of Building to Do
BOSTON, MA -- Just prior to Saturday's game, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien was asked if having the the Ottawa Senators leapfrog his team into first place in the Northeast Division was a motivating factor for his Bruins going into the Black & Gold's matinee with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I hope it’s not to that point, but I think more than that," said Julien. "I think our guys are really focused on really wanting to turn it around.

"A part of it is about playing with more confidence and more energy. We can say we’re tired, and we can beat ourselves up with that, but I think everybody knows that when you’re not winning, it’s a lot more tiring because it’s not as much fun coming to the rink.

"When you’re winning, it’s fun coming to the rink," continued Julien. "You seem to have that energy, so it’s up to us to turn that around. I think that once we start winning some hockey games, your guys are going to realize that they’re not as tired as they think."

With that, the B's went out, had fun, and played one of their best games of 2012 to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout and take back their division lead and re-secure second place in the Eastern Conference.

"I think it’s what I talked about before the game: Let’s just be committed, let’s go out there and play with some energy and some desire and have some fun out there," said Julien, postgame. "The one thing we couldn’t do today is play on our heels and squeeze our sticks.

"So I really pushed a lot at the beginning of the day to make sure our guys were focused on doing that versus being nervous and fearing the worst."

Instead, the Flyers got the worst of it in the first period.

"It certainly set the tone for the game," said Julien of his club's 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. "That’s the one thing we wanted to do, and when you haven’t done that in a while, it’s obviously a good feeling, and it really brings back the confidence.

"That was important for us, and our guys were mentally ready for it."

But the Bruins seemed ready for everything on Saturday and withstood nearly everything that the Flyers threw at them.

"We just went out there, and it was about winning at all costs and doing what needed to be done," said Julien. "And even when they tied the game -- I mean, both of their goals were tip-ins -- they were good goals on their end of it, and you can’t necessarily just point the finger at anybody on your team.

"Those are hard-earned goals, and what you’ve got to do is go back and find a way to win. In the shootout, our guys were outstanding, and Tim [Thomas] had to make that last save, and he did."

However, all of the Bruins have to do much more as the playoffs approach.

"I think we know that time’s running out here. With [11] games left, it’s important that we bring that kind of an effort, that kind of a game, night in, night out," said Julien. "As we all know, first of all, we want to be part of the playoff scene. Second of all, we want to be in the best position possible, and thirdly, you want to make sure you play your best hockey once the playoffs start.

"You have to build towards that, and we’ve got a lot of building to do."

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