WASHINGTON, DC --
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
was proud of his team after the B's 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
As you might expect, saved particular praise for the Bruins work on the defensive side of the puck.
"Yeah, Timmy [Tim Thomas
] is making saves. D's are making plays, and are coming out of zone, and guys up front are putting good pressure on their D with the forecheck," he said.
But there is room for improvement.
"We have to work like we are right now, units of five, and basically twenty three guys on the same page."
There was a little bit of time where the Bruins lost focus in Buffalo.
"I mean, it's a little bit maybe natural when you have two, three, sometimes four goal lead," said Chara. "You start taking some chances and maybe being too cute and I think that's what we maybe got caught up in, in the second and the third.
"But again, they were a little bit better too. They had to take some chances. They were a little bit more aggressive," explained Chara. "They were pinching and sending always at least three [or] four guys on the attack, so that made it a little bit difficult, too.
"But I think we could have been better the second period and also third, but you know, we handled it pretty well.
"We killed all those penalties and those five-on-threes they had, and you know, it's nice to win," he said.
The Sabres played some desperate hockey.
"They are a good team," said Chara. "They played a solid game. They were really aggressive and they put a lot of pressure on us, but at the same time, we were good too."
Marchand turning some heads...
First year foward Brad Marchand
provided the initial impetus for the B's five goal attack and Chara liked what he has seen from the new B's agitator.
"He's a smaller guy, but he plays with a lot of heart," said Chara. "He brings a lot of energy on the ice.
"He's a gritty player at times. He goes into the scrums, and for sure, at first, you could see he was really pumped up [on Wednesday night]. He was really skating well. He got rewarded.
"He scored a goal...[and] he had a really solid game and it was nice to see," he said.