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Bruins Bytes for Brunch

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Courtesy of Bruins Media Relations (Thanks to Lindsay, Melissa and Matt) here are some Bruins bytes for your Sunday Brunch…


Bruins bite first: The first goal of the game was scored by Boston’s Petr Tenkrat (7th goal, 10th point) at 3:30 in the 2nd. The goal was assisted by Marco Sturm (15), who is now riding a five game points streak (1-5-6).

Bochenski adds another: Brandon Bochenski put the Bruins up 2-0 with his 9th goal of the season at 18:57 in the 2nd. Assisted by Phil Kessel (11), Bochenski now has 7 goals in 13 games with the B’s.

Souray keeps it close: The Canadiens pulled within one in the 3rd period when Sheldon Souray scored his 23rd goal of the season (3:02). Only Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom has more points as a defenseman. The play was assisted by former Bruin Sergei Samsanov (17) and Mark Streit (22).

Murray seals the deal: Boston’s Glen Murray scored his 28th goal of the season and finished off the B’s 3-1 victory over the Canadiens. Marc Savard (63) and Phil Kessel (12) assisted on the goal. Kessel had two assists in the game.

Thomas has another strong week: Boston goaltender Tim Thomas ended this week with 97 total saves. He allowed 3 goals on 2o shots against Atlanta, went 51 for 55 against Philadelphia, and made 29 saves out of 30 chances tonight against Montreal.

First time against the Habs: Boston’s Bobby Allen (a Massachusett’s native), Jeremy Reich, and Dennis Wideman all played their first game against Montreal.

Ceremonial puck drop: Commanding Officer of the USS John F. Kennedy, Todd A. Zecchin, dropped the puck before the start of tonight’s game.

Tonight’s attendance: 17,565 fans were on hand to watch the Bruins take on the Canadiens. It marks Boston’s fifth sellout of the season.

Heard in the room…

Goalie, Tim Thomas
On tonight’s game:
We all knew that [tonight’s game was huge]. We talked about it. After practice this morning we knew what kind of crowd we were going to have. We knew how important it was. I don’t know who said it, it might have been Glen Murray, it might have been Savvy, but “if you can’t get up for this one, you might as well hang the skates up.”

Forward, Brandon Bochenski
On the team’s energy:
Everyone was up. With a crowd like that it was hard to even get tired tonight. Just having them behind you. We’ve got to find a way to play like that every night.

On the line changes for tonight’s game:
I think [the coaches] are just trying different things. Me and Phil, there is a lot of youth on that line and we just seem to bring a lot of energy together. [Dave Lewis] is just switching things up. Petr [Tenkrat] has been hot and he scored a big goal tonight. You’ve got to try different things. With the line-up last game we lost, so we tried something new.

Forward, Petr Tenkrat
On tonight’s game:
I really enjoyed this game because I played with Bergy and Sturmie. I got a lot more ice time that usual. I felt pretty confident.

On scoring his goal in the second period:
It was an awesome feeling. I felt…I don’t even know how…very good! I felt pretty good, when you score a goal you feel awesome!

On his play as of late:
More ice time is helping me out. It is getting me more comfortable on the ice. And I feel better about myself. After I scored the goal, for the rest of the game I felt more comfortable and very confident.

Assistant Captain, Patrice Bergeron
On playing Montreal:
It was great to play the game against Montreal. The crowd was awesome. We could hear them before warm-up. It was unbelievable. The emotion and the intensity were there, and overall it was a great game. Tonight was a big bounce back for us. It was a huge game. We knew we had some games in hand against Montreal. If we want to climb the standings we have to get those games, and obviously tonight was a huge game.

On the energy in the Garden:
Even though we were out there for a minute and a half, we still had energy because the crowd was giving us energy. That’s the type of game where you just can’t get tired.

Forward, Marc Savard
On the crowd:
What a crowd. Hopefully they’ll keep coming in like that because it’s sure a lift for our guys. It’s emotional. We had a good twenty-man effort tonight from top to bottom. It’s a good win for us.

On Glen Murray:
I miss him when he was out. We’ve got a good chemistry going. Kessel joined us in the third and he added some spark to our line, getting in there deep and working the puck. It was a great threesome.

Defenseman, Aaron Ward
On his first game as part of “the rivalry”:
It’s good to get a game like that in. I’m new here. Obviously I’ve played an “Original Six” team before, but the Montreal/Boston rivalry has a different taste to it. It’s nice to get to quiet the Montreal fans in our own building.

On how the Bruins can play effectively:
If we keep it simple and create turnovers, we’ve got some good guys with some great wheels, and some good skills. You have to create your chances and that’s what I think we did tonight.
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