“I think it’s definitely a relief after yesterday,” Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer said today after the team’s morning skate it Ottawa.
“You can sense some of the guys were on edge, but I think this road trip has kind of helped solidify a lot of guys on roster spots and we can keep moving forward.”
The Bruins picked up three new faces in the dressing room in Chris Kelly
, Rich Peverley
and Tomas Kaberle, before they headed out on their current six-game road swing.
Boston enforcer Shawn Thornton
explained why the Bruins were able to welcome the new faces so easily.
“They are good guys,” Thornton said of the acquisitions. “We have a good core of guys who have been here for a while and are pretty good at welcoming new people coming in.
“But they guys we brought in are really good characters so it was a seamless transition.”
Thornton is excited is happy with what the Bruins were able to do pre-deadline day.
“I’m excited, I like our team. I like the bunch of guys we have here, I like the guys we brought in,” he said. “I’m happy we brought them in before the road trip. Everyone makes a big deal about deadline day, but I’m a big believer in the quicker you can get it done the better.”
Overall, the enthusiasm for a deep playoff run is evident behind the black and gold doors of the Bruins locker room.
“We’re all excited to be here, everyone wants to win,” Kampfer said. “We’re a winning organization, we kind of pride ourselves on excellence. It’s one of those things where everyone wants to be here, every one is excited and we have great chemistry on this team.”
The reason for all the exhilaration, according to Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk
, is the prospect of making a strong run come playoff time.
”We’ve got a great team and great guys in this dressing room,” Boychuk said. “Each one of our teammates compliments each other, so we have an excellent-looking team to make a long run in the playoffs.”---Hannah Becker