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Bruins Found Their Game in the Third -- Again!

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA  -- Frankly, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien didn't think very much of his team's effort in the first and second period.

No, not one bit.

But he really liked the way the Black & Gold responded in the third period, when goals by Nathan Horton (his second of the game), Tyler Seguin and Benoit Pouliot pushed the B's past the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 victory.

"It’s the way we needed to respond," said Julien. "We probably needed to respond that way in the first two periods. What we did in the third was basically our game plan, and I didn’t feel we had it tonight.

"Emotionally, we weren’t as engaged as much as we normally are, and because of that, we seemed content to go back and forth with Winnipeg. They played hard, and they were on top of us, and they seemed to be winning those races to loose pucks, and so on and so forth.

"We were a good enough team, and a smart enough team, to at least come out in the third with some desperation and some intent in our game to do the right things and find a way to win, and I obviously liked our third period a lot," he said.

The B's have been very good in the third period and have outscored their opponents 60 to 23 in the final 20 minutes of regulation.

"It’s kind of developed a killer instinct," said Julien of his team's dominant play in the third stanza. "Our guys really want to finish strong, and they don’t want to give the other team an opportunity to get themselves back into it when we do have the lead.

"For the most part, I think our team’s been pretty committed to playing 60-minute games, and tonight was obviously one of those, I would say, rare games where two of the periods were not up to our standards, but overall, I think our guys have done a pretty good job trying to put in a full-game effort."

In terms of the club's intensity, Julien said the B's had to tweak their mood during Tuesday night's contest.

"All I can tell you is, I found our team to be very quiet tonight before the game. They weren’t loosey-goosey; they weren’t anything...and we talked about it just before we went out there," said Julien. "We seemed to kind of get into that nonchalant mode of trading chances and just kind of turning pucks over and giving them some quality chances as well.

"So we just needed to get a little better, and I think eventually we found our game."
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