Looking to cap their losing streak at two, and with injuries depleting the roster, the B's looked to their youngest players to provide some spark as the club faced off against the Maple Leafs Tuesday night in the Air Canada Center.
"We need a lot of guys to step up right now," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "You talk about (Nathan) Horton, you talk about (Rich) Peverley - right now (Daniel) Paille is out, and (Benoit) Pouliot didn’t finish the game tonight, (Andrew) Ference is back home.
"We’ve been traveling with some injuries -- Tuukka Rask
-- we’re a team that really has to grind it out and understand we may not have our full squad and from her eon in, it may be a challenge to win every game.
"But this is what’s going to build some character moving forward, and the more we take advantage of the situation to do just that," he said.
With two goals each, forwards Tyler Seguin
and Jordan Caron
pushed Boston over the top in a frenetic game between the two Northeast Division rivals, but it was the collective effort throughout the lineup, which carried the day for Boston.
"Last year, we won by committee because our team was a hard working team," said the B's bench boss. "It wasn’t about one player, we didn’t win the Stanley Cup because one player was great.
"It was (winning) by committee, you have to look back and everybody participated at one point to help us get through that."
Versus Toronto, contributions were consistent across the lineup.
Ten different players registered at least one point for the Bruins in the victory – four of which recorded at least two.
"This is what we need to rediscover again, if we’re going to win some hockey games and we want to find that identity we had last year," said Julien. "We just have to start by getting our work ethic back to that level and keep pushing for each other and keep working hard, and by the end of the night you’ll outwork the other team."