Despite the Bruins 3-2 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers, postgame Boston assistant captain Patrice Bergeron
focused more on the point Boston gained via loss, rather than the one they lost to the penalty shot contest.
|Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) takes a slapshot against the Atlanta Thrashers during the first period of their NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) |
"Tonight we had lots of chances. Obviously, we have to make the most of it when we do have them, but I thought...we battled hard and we created those chances by being hard on the forecheck, creating some turnover’s, and being hard on their defensemen," said Bergeron.
"That’s a lot of positives, and we have to keep our heads up [about earning] five out of six points, but you know we wanted that extra point at the end there."
Bergeron's tied the game in the first period when he scored, unassisted, at 14:09.
"They were trying to dump the puck in our zone and I got it in my stomach and we went on a two on one," explained Patrice. "I had the lane to shoot it and I did."
Boston put 44 shots on Thrasher goalie Ondrej Pavelec, and only Bergeron and Blake Wheeler beat the netminder in regulation, overtime or the shootout. However, Patrice spoke of the game as a continuation of the B's success on current road trip (2-0-1).
"I think we have to talk about things we’ve done," said Bergeron. "Lots of the chances we created were because of us, not because of them giving it [up].
"I think we had a lot of forecheck and created a lot of turnovers like...and that’s the reason that we got the chances.
"And, you know, if we find a way to turn them into goals you know it would have been a different night for sure," he said.