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For Bourque, Sunday was Best Game Yet

Winger played his best all-around game of the season in win over Winnipeg

Wednesday, 02.20.2013 / 9:53 AM ET / Features
By Eric Russo  -
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Features – Ever since Chris Bourque returned from being the healthy scratch on January 31 against the Buffalo Sabres, the improvements in his game have been noticeable. In his first game back after sitting out he tallied the game-winning goal against the Maple Leafs and has looked more and more comfortable as the games have went on.

Sunday night’s game against Winnipeg, however, was hist best game yet in the Black & Gold. He assisted on Brad Marchand’s power play winner early in the third period, and skated much of the final frame on the first line alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton. With Milan Lucic back in Boston due to personal reasons, the left wing spot was open and B’s Head Coach, Claude Julien, decided to reward Bourque for his strong play.

The move resulted in Bourque tallying a season-high 21 shifts and 15:04 of time on ice.

“No doubt, no doubt,” said Julien, when asked following Sunday night’s 3-2 win over the Jets if it had been Bourque’s best game of the season. “I really liked his game tonight. I thought he was a real good player, he had good legs, he played hard along the walls and everywhere else.

“He had some good chances and that’s why I put him up there with David Krejci because, in my mind, he really deserved to be there the way he was playing tonight.”

Bourque, who started the game in the right wing third line spot, instead of on his familiar left wing, agreed with his coach that Sunday was his best game of the season. Now, his main focus is to continue to play a more steady game.

“Yeah, I felt really good right off the start of the game,” Bourque said after Tuesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. “I thought we had a couple good shifts early, set the tone for our game and I thought our line did well the whole time. We were making plays and making stuff happen, we got a big goal there in the second right before the period ended. It was nice.

“I think I’ve had a couple other good games here and there. I’ve got to stay consistent and keep battling out there and keep making plays out there. It felt good.”

Playing well defensively and fitting into Coach Julien’s system have been other priorities for Bourque. And to this point those are aspects of the game that he feels he has been doing well.

“I don’t think that’s been a problem for me,” said Bourque of his defensive game. “I think I’ve been pretty strong on the wall all year, those are the places that you really have to bear down.

“Coach really likes to pride himself on making those small plays and playing good defense, so I’ve been trying to focus on that. The offense is starting to come. Last game, I had a lot of chances, created a lot of offense.”

Bourque says continuing to have a good attitude and playing well in all zones will be key to any success he has for the remainder of the season.

“As I’ve said before, just stay positive, go out and work hard,” Bourque explained. “When you get those chances, make sure you make good plays and stay strong defensively. I think I had a pretty good game in all three zones [Sunday]. Hopefully I can build off that and start rolling.”




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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