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Improved Effort, Improved Results

The Merlot helped swing momentum back in Boston's direction

Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 2:03 PM ET / Features
By John Bishop  -
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Improved Effort, Improved Results
WASHINGTON, DC -- Coach Julien admitted that he hadn't yet looked carefully at the videotape -- that's what he'll be doing today as his players enjoy a day off in Our Nation's Capital -- but his overall assessment of Game 3 was very positive.

"We got more shots through...but the quality of the shots, the quality of how we worked in front of that net and also our battle was a lot better in the O-zone and along the boards and everywhere on the ice actually," said Julien. "That’s what was important for us...and we were better at that last night."

The B's players might have been better, but they weren't satisfied.

"It’s tough to say, being tied and both games being pretty close, I think that there’s always things that we can work on and try to improve," said forward Gregory Campbell when asked if there was a marked improvement in the B's effort in Game 3. "I mean going into a series you always prepare as well as you can, but until you actually play those the games you don’t really know the team and play as well you should.

"So we learn some things over the first two games and some things that – their tendencies and some things that we can do to counteract that and just things that we can do as a team within our system to maybe create more chances – ultimately just help us win."

Gregory talked about his own line's play, and the combined effort of Campbell, left wing Daniel Paille and right winger Shawn Thornton.

"I thought we had a pretty effective game," said Campbell, who assisted on Paille's game-tying goal in the second period. "We got involved.

"Scoring a goal is I guess is a bonus for our line, but it pays dividends in a series like this that’s low scoring and you get contributions from our line or guys that usually don’t score goals, that goes a long way.

"We’re a line that has to change momentum of a game and games are so close and it’s back and forth action those shifts that you spend time in their offensive zone is really important. I guess for the mood of the time and the energy of team, like I said we’re probably not going to score every night but if we are effective in other areas then that’s really going to help the team."

Campbell and his line certainly helped put momentum in a Black & Gold jersey and the combined effort across the Bruins lineup might just have changed the momentum of the series, which had swung south the Washington after the Caps overtime win in Game 2.

However, Campbell and his teammates don't believe anything has been settled -- far from it.

"You can’t look at seeds or whatever or the fact that they were fortunate to get in the playoffs late in the year, because they arguably came into the year as one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup," said Campbell. "So, they’re a good team and we respect that and realize we are in for a long series here."




1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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