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Bruins Found Some Confidence vs. NJD

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Just prior to their trip to New York City, several members of the Boston Bruins took the ice for an optional practice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena.

Boychuk skated with the Bruins again on Tuesday.
Johnny Boychuk, Gregory Campbell, Jordan Caron, Matt Hunwick, David Krejci, Adam McQuaid, Tuukka Rask, Marc Savard, Tyler Seguin and Mark Stuart took the ice and ran through drills with assistant coach Doug Jarvis.

But on and off the ice, a certain amount of tension had left the B's practice facility.

"A win always cures a lot of things, doesn't it?" said B's Head Coach Claude Julien as his players took the ice.

Julien talked about the issues that the club had tackled while playing the Devils on Monday night.

"We played better and I thought we did a good job of moving the puck and breaking out of our own end, which always helps our transition game," said Julien. "We were a little more crisp; a little more involved. And all those things put together gave us two points."

The B's head coach also reiterated his thoughts from Monday night.

"Well there are a lot of things [that went well]. I think you have to realize the success you‘ve had, a lot of it comes from having good starts and being able to score that first goal," he said. "We have to take advantage of the things that work well for us.

"I think, obviously, [Monday] night, Military Night was something that gave us some motivation. You always look for it anywhere you can find it.

Julien said he told the Bruins, "They’ve gone to war for us and I’m sure they would like to see us go to war for them. They’re...going to be cheering for us, and that’s the least we can do, is give them a good game."

It was a very good game, which got started off on the right skate when Michael Ryder scored a power play goal (off a five on three advantage) in the first.

"He’s scoring," said Julien of Ryder. "He’s got confidence right now.

"He had a tough start last year, a slow start, and didn’t seem to be able to gain his confidence like the rest of our team for that matter. We really had a tough year last year. This year’s been better for our team and it’s also been better for Michael.

"Confidence plays a big role in how you play and I think right now he’s got a lot of confidence," added Julien. "Confidence gives you the energy and he’s skating better and doing a lot of things better and I think that’s why he’s having a better season than last."

On Wednesday in New York, the Rangers come into the game at MSG with lots of confidence. They've won three in a row.

"Well they came off a pretty impressive victory," said Julien of the Rangers 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday. "Being down with a little over a minute left and scoring a shorthanded goal and winning it in overtime -- it certainly helps builds confidence.

"I think we’ll be playing a team with a lot of confidence and it’s usually hard to play against, as you know. We’ve had our fair share of battles with these guys and for the most part, they’ve been close games.

"We’ve got to find a way to solve their goaltending situation and at the same time we’ve got to know going into their building [that] they play you hard and they’re tough around our net.

"They certainly like to jam the net. We’ll have to be at our best and be patient, and take advantage of any chance we get and, like I said, solve their goaltender [Henrik Lundqvist, who is 14-4-2 versus Boston]."
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