Boston, MA -- The Black & Gold's 2-1 win on Friday afternoon did much to lighten spirits around the Hub of Hockey, many of whose members were understandably down after losing favorite son, former player, coach and front office fixture, Tom Johnson.
Johnson, a popular figure in the Garden, even in retirement, passed away at his home in Falmouth on Wednesday.
But Boston Bruins fans, especially the 17,565 at the sold out TD Banknorth Garden on Friday, enjoyed a measure of satisfaction as the Bruins started the weekend (and the Holiday Season) with a big win.
Again, B's goalie/folk hero, Tim Thomas
, was outstanding, but it was a pair of Glens, Glen Murray and Glen Metropolit, who both scored to give the B's the needed offense to keep the Islanders at bay.
Murray has completely broken free of a frustrating goalless streak and has started to resemble his sniper self.
"I want to help this team," said Murray to the throng of media in front of his locker. "It's part of my job to go out there and score some goals and win some games.
"Obviously I want to do that.
"Hopefully we can keep pouring it on, going into Christmas break," he said.
Speaking of Christmas, one of the biggest gifts Bruins fans have received this season is a guy nicknamed "Metro."
"I was just trying to get the puck to the net and hopefully beat him," said the plainspoken centerman. "I was supporting (Peter) Schaefer at center (in) kind of a two on one.
"He was driving to the net and I figured I would just shoot it at the net."
From one Glen to another, Metropolit appreciated the hard work that Murray has put in to his game all season -- even during the hardest times.
"Muzz is great," he said. "He has been working hard in practice...and it’s finally paying off for him.
"We know what we have in him
"He’s great and will be there (each) night for us," he said.
Murray admitted that the pressure to score and contribute was weighing heavily on him -- but his recent good luck has left him feeling much better.
"(I was) pressing a little bit," he explained. "And it’s a lot about having confidence too. You feel lighter out there...You can’t play hockey when you are tight."
As far as his teammates are concerned however, Murray is through the worst of things and will be better for it.
"Being a veteran, I know what it is like to struggle," said D-man Aaron Ward. "(Murray) has experienced success.
"But it’s like the Kanye West song; whatever (doesn't) kill you only makes you stronger.
"Glen is on a roll right now," he said.
The Bruins are actually on a roll, too, but Metro knows how important Saturday's game in Long Island could be.
"We just have to keep on playing the game we played tonight," said Metropolit. "We may have been a bit sluggish in the first period, but the second and third I thought we played our game. We got in deep and created some things off cycles. That is our game. That’s what we have established."
One more thing that the Bruins have established -- they will be a team to be reckoned with in the eastern conference as the playoffs loom on the horizon."