|Boston Bruins right winger Mark Recchi (28) celebrates teammate Patrice Bergeron's goal during first period NHL hockey action against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto on Tuesday March 9, 2010.(AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Frank Gunn) |
After today's practice in the Bell Centre, Coach Julien continued his rave reviews of the play of his most veteran player, Mark Recchi.
"It’s been, in a way, a pleasant surprise," said Julien. "He is 42 years old and in a perfect world, you’d like to be able to give him some rest and make sure you take advantage of his skill and his experience as much as you can. But he hasn’t given us any reason, or shown us any signs of a guy slowing down.
"He’s been really, really, good for us, and that’s been, without a doubt, a pleasant surprise for us."
And, of course, having a future Hall of Famer who leads by example both on and off the ice helps any hockey team immensely.
"Absolutely," said Julien. "Even after practice, he’ll stay out there and he’ll do some things that made him successful around the net.
"You can see the young players really gravitating to him and wanting to learn that part of the game and it’s paid off for us. We’ve got some players that have been a lot better at tipping pucks and better net-front presence for us this year."
For his part, Recchi is enjoying the role of mentor.
"I always enjoy working with young guys," said Mark. "I mean, even when I was 25, 26 and the younger guys came in, I enjoyed being around them their first couple years and trying to help.
"I had some great guys around me when I first came in and I’ve never forgotten it.
"If I can help in any way, then I want to help them. I want to help these kids get better. Especially if they’re kids that want to get better and want to learn...[and] when they have attitudes like our kids do, it’s really enjoyable to be around," he said.
Although he is an NHL veteran, Patrice Bergeron
is one of those "kids," and their line, which also includes left wing Marco Sturm, has combined for a very potent attack.
"Well there’s been the determination there for them to be a good line for us," said Julien. "Bergy, again, he’s such a hard worker both ends of the ice. And Rex is a guy that’s going to go hard to the net...he’s always got a second effort to him.
"Sturmy’s speed...on that line has given us a little bit of everything. So that’s been a line that has actually played really well in the last few games and you hope that continues."
Julien was hoping they would click on both sides of the puck and the trio's defensive prowess has been on display as well.
"Everybody brings a little bit of everything. Most of all, there’s some experience and there’s also the fact that they’re reliable.
"Putting them together gave us that. We don’t have these so-called 'shut down' lines anymore. Some of your best players have to be your best players at both ends of the ice. Those guys have done a pretty good job of that for us."Smooth Transition for Seidenberg
|Pittsburgh Penguins Alex Goligoski, right, defends as Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg tries to shoot in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 7, 2010. The Penguins won 2-1. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) |
Coach Julien was asked about his newest defenseman, Dennis Seidenberg
"I thought, actually, that yesterday was probably his best game," said Julien. "He was solid.
"And again, he’s brought some grit, he’s moving the puck well, he’s shooting the puck well.
"I think him and Zdeno have made a wonderful pair. This has certainly given us some good stability back there. We’re really, really pleased with his game so far."B's Looking to be Harder to Play Against...
"We had to be better. We knew as a team, good is not good enough. We had to be better, and I guess the guys responded to that," said Julien of the renewed muscle displayed by the Bruins on Thursday.
Particularly impressive was the B's work in the corners and on defense.
"It means getting involved, it means more physical, winning races, battles, and second efforts," said Julien. "I don’t know how many people noticed that, but it’s a 5-1 hockey game and we’re down to the last few seconds and we’ve got five guys backchecking like we’re trying to save a one-goal game.
"Those are the kind of things you really need to see and those are the kind of things were nice to see yesterday because you hope to be able to build on those things." Satan Skates
|Boston Bruins' Miroslav Satan (81) drives the puck away from New York Islanders' Kyle Okposo (21) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 6, 2010, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 3-2. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) |
Miroslav Satan skated today, but Bruins head coach Claude Julien said the B's would be cautious with their veteran winger.
"We’ll see how he is," said Julien. "It’ll be a medical thing with the trainers and everything else.
"He practiced today and it’s about making sure that when you get in a game situation, you’ve got to exert a little bit more and you don’t want to be risking losing a player for a long period of time here.
"So we’ll see what comes out of this.""Mr. Chiarelli is on the line..."
On Thursday, March 18, Boston Bruins General Manger Peter Chiarelli will take part in the first-ever Season Ticket Holder Fan Forum teleconference from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bruins alumni and 98.5 The Sports Hub Color Analyst, Bob Beers will serve as the call's host.
The Fan Forum telconference is part of an effort to connect with the most dedicated Bruins fans. During the exclusive event, Season Ticket Holders will have the opportunity to hear from Chiarelli as he discusses the direction of the team. Afterwards, Chiarelli will answer questions directly from the Season Ticket Holders.
The call will be recorded and available on bostonbruins.com.