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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 / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
3 DET 59 33 15 11 173 154 77
4 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 58 25 23 10 166 161 60
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 59 17 25 2 42
L. Eriksson 59 14 20 1 34
D. Hamilton 60 10 24 -1 34
C. Soderberg 60 10 24 5 34
B. Marchand 55 17 15 6 32
R. Smith 60 12 20 8 32
M. Lucic 59 12 20 10 32
T. Krug 56 11 19 4 30
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 58 7 18 8 25
 
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T. Rask 24 16 9 .919 2.37
N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .915 2.43
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