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B’s in Buffalo

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Heard in the room, last evening

"I don’t have any of the answers right now…it’s extremely tough, no matter what team you play now in the league, if you are down two goals it’s tough to come back. Especially with the players they have on their team, and the offensive firepower they have…if any of you guys have the answers, tell us, because that is what we are looking for right now. We know we’re a good team, we showed it (earlier) this year. And we’re just in one of those ruts right now, and we have to work ourselves out of it."
Defenseman, Paul Mara, on the Rangers game

"There were a couple of calls in the third, that were just -- even the Shanahan penalty shot -- I mean Bergy, I think he laid a stick on his shin pad, maybe. And (Shanahan) got a great shooting chance off, so we…don’t know what the refs are calling anymore. So we just have to try and play hockey…there were a couple of awful breaks in the first period. And that’s what happens when you are struggling, you get these terrible breaks and you have to find ways to get out of it."
Forward, Marc Savard, on last night’s game

"The second one the guy was dekeing to his backhand and he lost the puck…it happened so quick. The third one, I read that the guy was there, and I was able to get over to him…and by the way he was holding his stick…I thought he was shooting up towards the glove, that’s why my leg pulled up off the ice. And then he keeps it lower, it hits off my pad and it still goes in. So, I don’t know…I was looking at the replay to see, for sure, where it went, because it happened so quickly…and by the time I looked down and I saw Hannu on the bench, I was surprised, because (being pulled) hadn’t crossed my mind at all."
Goalie, Tim Thomas, on his last two goals against

"Obviously, we have to win some games. It’s really important for us. And we all know that. It’s just a matter of doing it. Being consistent for 60-minutes, a whole game…we are in that slump and we have to get out of it…all the bounces are going against us, that’s for sure. But we have to battle through that and find a way to win. (There) cannot be any excuses. We have to go out there, play hard…and we are not doing that right now."
Alternate Captain, Patrice Bergeron, on the Bruins losing streak

"It doesn’t matter how they go in. They are not supposed to go in…It was the right thing to do at that time. We were looking for saves and the saves, we didn’t get. And so I had to change…the only good thing from tonight was that we continued to grind it out. I don’t think we had any quit in us. We played hard. We kept going after them…(but) you can’t give up six goals and expect to win any hockey game."
Bruins Head Coach, Dave Lewis, on the game and pulling Thomas

Speak no evil
There’s not much to add about last night, my friends, other than to admit that the Bruins are in a slump and are playing the second best team in hockey this evening.

However, the changes have already begun.

David Krejci, a center by trade, has been called up from the Providence Bruins, and he will arrive in Buffalo this afternoon, the official release is expected shortly, but here’s a little on the forward.

Drafted by the Boston Bruins 63rd overall in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Krejci is having a breakout year in the American Hockey League. Recently named the CCM/Vector AHL Player of the Week and is currently second on the P-Bruins with 44 points off 15 goals and 29 assists. He is a +1, with 28 penalty minutes in 44 games.

The 5’11, 192 pound Krejci, a right shot, had a 72-132-204 line in three junior seasons, and had 32 points in last years QMJHL postseason. He earned a Bronze Medal with the Czech team in the 2005 World Junior Competition.
Krejci was named the AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 21, 2007, after he recorded four goals and four assists for eight points, along with a +5 rating, in four divisional games that week, helping the Bruins to a 3-0-0-1 record.

The 20-year-old Krejci posted four consecutive two-point efforts that week. He began by scoring a pair of first-period goals in Providence’s 3-2 win at Hartford, then garnered two assists a 3-2 shootout loss to Springfield. Krejci also added a goal and an assist in each half of the Bruins’ home-and-home sweep of Portland, leading Providence to 6-4 and 3-2 victories over the Pirates.

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