However, a collective team effort and production from all four lines has aided the team, according to defenseman Andrew Ference
“Different guys have been coming up, whether its [Chris] Kelly or [Daniel] Paille and that’s helping us get through a lot of games,” Ference said. “I love the fact that Coach can still be critical and the guys don’t shut him out when he’s being critical, even when we’ve won so many games lately. We have a group of guys that push for excellence and can be honest enough with themselves when the work ethic and emotion isn’t there.”
Forward Brad Marchand
agreed with Ference and said that the depth of the team makes it tough for opponents to defend.
“We have four lines that can play against any other teams line and they can contribute,” Marchand said. “That’s what you need to win championships. On any given night, guys are stepping up and finding ways to get goals and to win games.”
One of those players Marchand was talking about was forward Patrice Bergeron
, who has 18 assists and six goals this season.
“With Bergy, you know what you’re going to get every single night,” Marchand said. “He’s going to be the hardest working guy on the ice and he’s going to be very sharp defensively. He’s going to play very smart with the puck, hold onto it and make great plays. You need guys that can play that way and are consistent every night.”
Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
noted the team’s recent success, but said they still have some room for improvement. He is anticipating a tough matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday, who lead the league 3.67 goals per game.
“They’re the highest scoring team in the NHL, so it’ll be a real challenge for us to shut them down and we just have to start playing better defensively,” Seidenberg said. “We need to be more focused in our defensive zone, and just battle hard and make sure we play a solid game in the grey areas.”---Anthony Gulizia