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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  - BostonBruins.com
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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."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 52 19 26 8 45
L. Eriksson 52 16 24 11 40
D. Krejci 42 12 27 2 39
R. Spooner 52 11 27 -5 38
B. Marchand 47 24 12 12 36
Z. Chara 50 7 20 8 27
M. Beleskey 50 8 17 10 25
T. Krug 51 3 21 6 24
J. Hayes 50 11 12 -5 23
B. Connolly 49 7 9 -5 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 15 5 .918 2.47
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .915 2.38
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