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Confidence Remains High...

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- Immediately after his club's 3-1 victory over the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien remained as even-keeled as he had during the Black & Gold's tough times in October.


Asked about his club’s 15-game points streak (14-0-1) and 9-0-1 record in their last ten contests, the B's bench boss simply said, "You hope it's a habit, more than a streak."

Julien’s players indicated the same when they spoke before leaving for Winnipeg and explained that the B's renewed confidence hasn't come at the cost of the team's desire for consistency.

"[Confidence is] definitely high because we’ve accomplished some things," explained Gregory Campbell. "Anytime you start fifteenth into the conference and you build yourself [up] —- you take yourself from last to almost first place — that’s a huge confidence-builder for your team.

"This team has been through a lot, whether it’s this year, last year; we’re a confident group.

"When we were in fifteenth we were better than we were and right now I think it’s about being confident, but also being humble and knowing that we have to stay consistent."

Beyond the B's Stanley Cup run, consistency has been an issue for the Bruins over the last two seasons, but captain Zdeno Chara said the B's had narrowed their focus.

"We try to go from game to game and focus on just the next game; not to look too ahead of us," said Chara. "Also, we don’t want to be too complacent or satisfied.

"We always want to push forward and not be too high or too low. You just have to find that place where you know that every game is important and you have to show up."

Chara said that his club's high confidence level is not a problem.

"We play with confidence, but I think that what’s very important is that we’re sticking with the game-plan and we are not trying to do something else just because we have a better record," said the defenseman. "We keep playing the same way as we should and using the strong elements of our game and not to get away with it just because we are up a few goals or we are playing other teams.

"We just play the same way every-team and that’s the key. I think that’s the more important thing.

"Confidence will come, goals will come, but if we play and stick with the way we should play, then everything else will fall into place."
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