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B's Winning the Right Way

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- With seven straight wins, the Boston Bruins are working on their longest stretch of victories since a ten-game run from Dec. 12, 2008 - Jan. 1, 2009.


However, coming off a six-win road swing, B's Head Coach Claude Julien sounded more pleased about the Bruins lack of letdown at home than he was about any stellar statistics.

"I thought on that road trip we really did a great job of playing 60-minutes, so I thought we’ve been pretty good that way," said Julien, postgame. "I think what maybe is a little different is I don’t think we’ve been able to do that at home as well. And tonight was one of those nights where we got the 60-minute effort.

"Our guys were into it, were skating well, and we felt good about our game and we really want to obviously win this one for the right reasons."

The right reasons?

"All day long we talked to our team about the paths that we had to [take] in order to get the win," explained Julien. "Let’s not focus so much on the end result more than what we have to do in order to get it.

"And our guys are ready to do what they had to do."

What the B's "had to do" was maintain their effort over all three periods.

"I thought we really played the type of game we keep talking about," said Julien. "It was a tight game, but when you look back I thought we had some really good scoring chances in the first period where it could have been a different outcome.

"Great saves by the [Lightning goalie Mike Smith] and I think we hit about three pipes tonight.

"So overall this is where your team has to stick with it and noy get frustrated and I thought we did that throughout the game -- stuck with the game plan, stuck with the work ethic and I thought we had great speed, great legs tonight and preserved," he said.

And going forward, the B's coach doesn't see any reason why that attitude couldn't continue for the club.

"I like the attitude right now," said Julien. "We have a group of guys that seem to be very business-like people who want to accomplish things.

"They want to go through the grind of wanting to do it and they’re willing to do it on a nightly basis right now. You just have to make sure you hang on to that.

"And with 18 games left, this is a good time to build that kind of situation, so it becomes consistent and second nature," he said.
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