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Bruins Get Well-Rounded Effort

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA – Throughout the Bruins recent speed bump, Head Coach Claude Julien emphasized the lack of well-rounded production that powered the team through November and December – a microcosm of the Black & Gold’s inconsistencies over the last month.

Gone was the depth that produced six-goal wins, and the steady play of Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand wasn’t enough to account for the offensive absence.

But the Bruins used that depth Saturday to battle their way back from a one-goal deficit in the waning minutes of the third period, and escaped TD Garden with a 4-3 shootout win over the Nashville Predators.

“I think everyone showed up to play,” forward Shawn Thornton said. “There were a couple of mistakes and they capitalized on them, but I think the effort was there from everyone. I think everyone was trying to buy into the game plan, which was good.”

Nearly three minutes into the third period, forward Daniel Paille took a beauty of a backhand pass from Thornton and lifted the puck past Pekka Rinne to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

“It was just basically just battling the corner and [I] beat the guy to the puck with Thorty dumping it in,” Paille said, who tripped over Rinne. “Once I had control I went back to Thorty and made a tight turn and Thorty made a great no-look pass to me, saw that I beat him and I just put it over his pads.

“It was just more about hard work to finish that goal.”

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Bruins scored just five goals in four games (three losses). Julien said he wanted more production from just Bergeron’s line, so he pleased that the “Merlot” were able to contribute.

“I think that’s his ninth goal, so for a guy who plays on the fourth line, certainly happy with his production this year,” Julien said. “He did exactly what we had talked about. We saw that if we could beat their guy that was pursuing us, it was important that we take it to the net.

“That was a big goal for us.”

Although Nashville answered back with two goals in the third period to take a 3-2 lead, Bruins forward Milan Lucic sent the game to overtime when he hammered home a rebound with just over a minute left.

Then, after a nifty shootout goal by Tyler Seguin, Bergeron scored five-hole in the third round to seal the energizing victory.

“It was a big win,” Seguins said. “More importantly, it was nice to see us get back to the way we know how to play.  I thought we played a great game [last night].  I thought we competed really well and they almost snuck away with it, but it was nice to finish the job off.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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