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The Bruins Lines...
It looks like Tuukka Rask
is in goal for Boston. Ray Emery is in the pipes for Philly.
Much of Julien's most recent praise has been centered on #37.
"He’s back with lots of confidence," said Julien of Patrice Bergeron
. "I thought that his season ending performance was more of the Patrice that we knew.
"He was obviously very happy with the way he played at the end of the season so he kind of built from there, came in this year determined to have a real good start and he’s been as I mentioned yesterday our most consistent forward game in, game out."
What's been the difference, Coach?
"I think that a lot of that is related to confidence and when you haven’t played for a year and you’ve been through what he’s been through there’s no doubt there’s some hesitation and obviously a feel through process," said Julien.
But with his injuries in the rear view mirror, Bergeron continues to be an example to his teammates.
"Bergy is not a real vocal leader as far as a rah-rah guy, when I say rah-rah guy, he does speak up when he has to speak up but he’s more of that type of player that will lead by example," said the Bruins head coach. "That’s why our young guys can look up to him and see the dedication and the hard work he puts in day in day out."
And Bergeron, Michael Ryder and now Brad Marchand
played very well last night.
"I liked that line," said Julien. "Obviously, Michael has been skating a lot better the last three or four games and he’s created some opportunities for him and also for his linemates.
"Marchand was the type of player we thought he was, he’s in the face, he’s got good 'jam.' He’s also got a pretty good release. I think with confidence he’s going to probably produce a little bit more.
"Bergy was Bergy. Bergy was extremely consistent on both ends of the ice, winning some big draws for us throughout the whole game," he said.
The Bruins will look for more of the same, tonight.
It's almost time to learn a bit more about the lineup.Shawn Thornton
, for one, is still questionable.
"He was on the ice this morning and he’s obviously getting better," said Julien. "He skated for a second day here and we’ll see how things develop this morning.
"We’ll talk to him later on and probably make a game time decision."
This morning, Coach Julien talked about facing a very talented Philadelphia Flyers team.
“Well they’re a pretty good team. They’re number one,” he said. “We’re obviously faced with a good challenge with the number of injuries we’ve got, the way our season’s gone so far, and our inconsistent play.
“So, this is an opportunity here to make a quick two decent games together back to back.”
But the Bruins need the club that played late in yesterday’s game to arrive at the Wachovia Center tonight.
“I felt as the game went on we got better as a team,” said Julien. “That was our first game together and I think a lot of new faces…almost all at once, so there was a big change in our hockey club and that first period was a little tentative.
“But I thought from that second period on we just seemed to play a little better.
“Tonight will tell more of the tale -- whether we keep building on that going in the right direction or whether we show some of the things we’ve shown since the beginning of the year and that’s inconsistency.”
The B's on the ice: 61, 33, 26, 20, 42, 22, 53, 6, 55, 40, 60, 63 and 92. No word yet on scratches or the goalie for tonight.
It's an optional skate.
There was a little different feel on the plane to Philadelphia. Wins do that, of course. But, the quiet calmness during the flight also told me that the Bruins understand nothing has really been accomplished.
"I think that the first period we were trying to get a feel for each other and we were kind of playing on our heels a little bit," said B's head coach Claude Julien before leaving for Pennsylvania. "It obviously wasn’t a good period for us.
"But at some point you have to start playing to win and start having confidence in your team. We seemed to get better. I felt like our lines got a lot better as the game went on. Hopefully that bodes well.
"We are standing here with another win, but we are also standing here knowing that we haven’t won two in a row yet. We haven’t been able to put two solid games together yet. I think we have to be a lot better tomorrow against a pretty good team. I think that is what we need to focus on right now," he said.
That pretty good team is the Philadelphia Flyers. Julien said that the Bruins can't be tentative if they want to be successful going forward.
The Bruins bench boss said that the B's have to play confident hockey.
"I felt that everybody, even players that have been here were playing tentative," he said. "Basically we were playing not to lose.
"That happens sometimes when you go through these kinds of stretches. The confidence level is certainly not where it should be. We have to start to rebuild and get that confidence.
"And confidence gives you more energy," continued Julien. "I thought that as the game went on we started feeling better about ourselves.
"I thought that we did a good job at keeping the puck in their end, protecting it, and creating some chances later in the game. I thought we had a couple great chances from the slot. Recchi [Mark] had one and so did Begin [Steve].
"Things are a little better but we have to realize there is a lot of room for improvement," he said.
The Bruins hit the ice for morning skate at 11:30 a.m.