TORONTO -- Patrice Bergeron
sounded very much like his teammates when he began his comments on Monday afternoon and lauded the B's effort in much of the Bruins two weekend loses versus the Islanders and Rangers.
"I got to agree with that," said Bergeron. "Real good effort, but we didn’t find a way to get a win and that’s the most important part of what you do on the ice.
"You want to get results, and yeah we were happy with the effort, but like I said we need some results now."
But the similarities stopped when the alternate captain was pressed about his clubs recent uneven play and two-game losing streak. After the game the center's face clearly belied the stark disappointment he felt following the Bruins loss to the East-leading Rangers and the non-playoff standing Islanders.
"No, it’s not [okay]," said Bergeron, emphatically. "Like I said, we’re not happy at all, and that setback was obviously important.
"We looked at it - it was huge points, especially against the Rangers. It was a chance for us to match up against them and feel good about our game but we didn’t get the result we wanted. But now it’s about moving forward and making sure we establish that and find ways to get the points."
Enter the Toronto Maple Leafs, with a new coach and in a desperate fight for entry into the playoffs.
"I think they’re a team that’s always been giving us a [run] for our money," said Bergeron. "It’s a team that works hard; a lot of youth, a lot of energy, and a lot of skills.
"It’s always a tough game against them, we know they play real good at home usually. Now with a new coach, it usually brings you a second life and you want to prove to your coach you belong, so we’re aware of all that.
"We know for us, it’s about playing our game and playing our system and making sure we bring that, and don’t wait and see what they got – really bring our game."
Bergeron's linemate Brad Marchand
"We expect a lot of ourselves and we know what kind of hockey we can play," said Marchand. "It’s always frustrating when you’re not playing up to par - you let your team down and your city down and all of your fans.
"We definitely want to put our best game forward every night."
Given the desperation of the Leafs, that game has to be up to par on Tuesday in Toronto's Air Canada Centre and although the B's liked much of their work against the two New York squads, it simply wasn't good enough.
"I think that’s the tough part about it," said defenseman Adam McQuaid
. "When things aren’t necessarily going your way, you have to try and work through it and sometimes it sounds like you need to get a break here and there.
"The important thing for us is not to get frustrated, that’s when things can snowball and were looking to go in a positive direction. Trying to keep a positive outlook on things and build on last game."
And McQuaid said the B's are ready, but wary the Leafs.
"When you’re out playing against teams that are looking to keep their position, or teams that are looking to move up in the standings -- and the Leafs are right there fighting for a playoff spot right now -- you know they’re going to come out and be hungry.
"We’re getting down to the last part of the season, so every point is important and we know we’ll see their best and we have to be prepared for it."