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by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
After the first period, there were plenty of things to enjoy about the Bruins effort against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.


“Obviously, no one was happy after that first period,” said Marc Savard from the victorious locker room. “But we went out (and got the win).

“Although it wasn’t the prettiest win, we needed it before we head on the road.”

The most obvious highlight was the hat trick by Milan Lucic.

“He’s getting rewarded (for) going to the net,” added Savard. “It’s going in, so it’s nice to see Lucic get the hat trick tonight, it was well deserved.

Savard said that he thought there were some happy campers in the Bruins management suite in the pressbox, too.

“I think the proudest guy is Cam Neely,” said Marc. “We should call (Lucic) ‘Cam junior’ here.
 
“Lucic is working hard and he’s earned every minute that he gets out there, hopefully we can keep going.”

“O” from the “D”
Saturday morning Dennis Wideman spoke to the relative lack of offensive production from the Boston Bruins blueline.

“The blue line hasn’t scored a whole lot right now,” he said. “We haven’t been getting our shots through as well as we could be, we’ve been getting quite a bit blocked.  None of us are anything like Lindstrom or Nepalsky who’s gonna carry the puck all the way down the ice.

“But they’ll come.”

The points did come as Wideman had two assists and Ference added another as the B’s broke out for five goals.

“I think the only game we were disappointed with was last game  (against Toronto),” said Wideman prior to the matchup with Atlanta.  “Other than that, we played well.

“In Buffalo, we blew the lead, but every game before Toronto’s game, we thought we deserved to win, or had a chance to win at least.  That’s the positive we can take, we just have to bear down and close the deal.”

On Saturday night, the defense helped the Bruins do just that.

Back on the Ice
Chuck Kobasew took part in this morning’s optional practice, his first time on the ice since his leg injury in the season opener on October 9.

“I wouldn’t say it’s normal,” he said.  “I’m just doing the basics right now, and hopefully I’ll keep getting better.”

While the injury was to a “non-weight-bearing bone,” Kobasew still has to be careful in his workouts to ensure that everything heals properly.

“It’s a tender spot right now,” he said.  “It’s just a matter of how much pain I can handle, and just go from there.

“Hopefully the pain keeps settling down; it has over the past two weeks.”

In the mean time, Kobasew’s been doing lots of cardio and trying to stay positive.

“You never want to be out,” he said.  “I’m just trying to keep a positive mind and get ready to be ready when I’m healthy.”

He wasn’t sure if he’d be making the trip out west with the rest of the team, all of whom leave tomorrow, but Coach Julien was still optimistic about Kobasew’s recovery.

“I think right now he’s on pace to hopefully be back sooner than later,” Julien said.  “We’ll give him some time.”

Thornton Wins and Loses
Shawn Thornton and his linemates (center Stephane Yelle and winger Petteri Nokelainen) were major contributors to the Bruins effort last night.

Thornton assisted on Yelle’s goal, the first B’s marker, and the veteran center’s first score as a Bruin.

“I’ve always tried to shoot any chance I get,” said Thornton. “I mean I’m not going to be (stuffing) pucks back door, that’s for sure.

“But If I get a chance to get it on net, I’m going to try,” he said.

Coach Julien appreciated the hard work.

“The one thing we’ve tried to get this year, (when we talked) about improving our hockey club, was to get a line, an energy line…that could help contribute as well as give us energy,” he said.

“They scored a big goal to get us going.

“As much as Stephane (Yelle) tipped that, it was a great work from that whole line with Thornton being the third man high, just covered up and threw it at the net.  It gave us the spark that we needed.”

Thornton explained that he and his teammates wanted to make up for the first period – quickly.

“We weren’t very happy with our start,” he said. “It was addressed in between periods, so we sorted it out between the first and second and I think the guys did a good job of coming out and responding.

“I wish we would have done it in the first, but obviously we didn’t.”

One of the major first responders was Lucic.

“It’s no secret what he brings,” said Shawn. “He’s a big human for his age, he plays hard every night, and he’s fortunate enough to be able to pop three tonight too.

He’s got pretty decent mitts for a big kid too.”

One would surmise that it would take a lot of fuel to power the Boston’s power forward, who may, thanks to superstition put Thornton in the red during the coming days.

“Big Lucic, he’s going to make me buy him dinner every night,” said Thornton, with a laugh. “I took him for dinner last night, now I’m going to be broke by the end of the year.”

One can only hope.

David was Goliath
These days, Coach Julien can’t say enough about David Krejci.

“His hockey sense, his vision, and everything else, especially when he’s got his confidence, is unbelievable,” said Julien, postgame. “What I like about him, especially this year, is that he’s gotten over the intimidation factor as far as being in awe of this league.

“He’s going after guys.  He’s playing hard and he’s throwing his weight around.  He’s really been a good player for us and he just keeps impressing everybody.

I think as we move on, if he keeps going like that, he’s going to start pushing some guys out of their spots.  You’re probably going to see him more and more,” he said.

Krejci is just happy the B’s won.

“This win was big, and now we’ve got another big road trip in front of us and If we’re going to play the way we played in the second and third period, then we’ll be just fine,” said the sophomore, who also explained that the team knew that they had to make some hay in the middle session.

“We had to do everything better, all the little details,” he said. “Starting in our zone, to the neutral zone, the offensive zone, everything…and what we did in the second and third periods, is what we need to do.

“We needed to go out and play our game, and just play much better than we did (in the first)…as soon as the puck dropped in the second period, I think that we had the jump and we had the energy. We wanted to win.”

Angela Stefano contributed to this report.
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