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B's Found a Way to Win

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON — It wasn’t pretty, but with a 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets the Bruins earned a seventh straight victory thanks to a David Krejci wrist shot that beat Columbus goaltender Curtis Sanford in the game-deciding shootout.

“I think we’re a little lucky to come out of here with two points,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. “There were a lot of things that I didn’t really specifically like about our game, but the one thing I liked is that no matter what, we still found a way to win.”

The victory also extended the Bruins home win streak to six games, their longest since January of 2009.

“We’ve managed to get ourselves back to being a better team at home,” said Julien. “We wanted to make our place not such a comfortable place to play in for opposing teams.”

In terms of earning the victory, Julien pointed to the Bruins crease and the pads of goaltender Tuukka Rask, who made 30 saves and two shootout stops.

“Tuukka was the guy that kept us in,” said Julien. “I thought Tuukka made big saves when we needed him to and kept us in there and allowed us to win in the shootout.

“How he handled himself in the shootout, I thought, was very good. He’s a goaltender that I think has been working extremely hard in practice, doing extra and everything else.

“It’s nice to see him back to .500, and hopefully he keeps moving on the positive side.”

As for the offensive side of the shootout, Julien explained his strategy of sending out Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Krejci out to test Sanford during the penalty shot contest.

“We’ve been practicing shootouts quite a bit, and I’ve been watching a lot of it,” said Julien. “Tyler, had he lifted the puck up, it was a goal, and the other two, David’s been a lot better this year when it comes to shootouts.

“He can deke, but at the same time, I think his shot, his release is a lot quicker, so I noticed he was doing much better in the shootouts.

“[Rich] Peverley’s the same way: He’s got a real heavy shot,” continued Julien. “We had some other guys that we could have used.

“To me, we seem to be getting a little better in that area, just from watching how they do in practice. Hopefully it keeps serving us well.”

Julien explained that perseverance is also serving the B’s well.

“There’s going to be nights, when you have an 82-game schedule, where you play well and you come out with nothing, probably deserve better,” said Julien. “And there’s going to be nights where maybe don’t get as good a game out of your team, but you still find a way to win.

“That’s where you’ve got to give credit to your team.”
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