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Horton, Paille Pace B's in Win

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins - For the Bruins, last night’s 3-2 win in RBC Center over the Carolina Hurricanes indicated they had passed a big test as they entered the final 32 games of the season.

Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) celebrates his goal against the Carolina Hurricanes with Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Boston won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Boston had to play solid defense and make the most of their offensive opportunities in order to walk away with two points and start off the club's post-All-Star run with a victory.

"It was a hard fought game," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "That’s three wins against this team in two weeks and that’s not easy to do.”
"It’s a good young team and they’ve got some good talent and good balance in their line-up and you know I thought our guys did a good job."

“Timmy [Thomas], again, makes some great saves at the right time and gives us an opportunity to win,” he said.

Although Boston headed into the break with a few players on scoring runs, most of the night’s offense — with the exception of Patrice Bergeron’s game-winner at 5:06 in the third — came from the previously quiet forwards on the team.

Daniel Paille started things off for the B’s in the second period tipping a shot from defenseman Zdeno Chara past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward (30 saves).It was his first goal of the season.

Forward Nathan Horton also found his way onto the score sheet, netting his first goal in eleven games at 3:54 in the third.

"I think everybody’s been waiting for that to happen and you hope it’s certainly a confidence boost for him and more to come,” Julien said of Horton’s goal. “That was a goal scorers goal.

"He was in tight and he lifted it up, a great set up and it was nice to see.

“Paille same thing, first goal and those things you hope are going to be good for their confidence,” he said.

Horton was just happy to contribute to the team.

“We’re a team, you win and lose as a team,” he said.  “And you know we have such great guys and like I said, I want to work hard for them.

"You know, I wasn’t scoring, but I was trying to work hard and...eventually it came.”

Thomas (24 saves) was glad to see his team take advantage of their offensive opportunities, especially coming off the four-day All-Star break.

“We found a way to win," Thomas said post-game. "And you know we played pretty good defensively, for most of the night. We didn’t create a ton offensively, but we found a way to get it done and you know we took advantage of when we did do things right.

“Everybody is going to be sloppy after a break like this, that’s just the way it is.

"Under those circumstances we still found a way to win. So I think it’s a good stepping-stone.”

---Hannah Becker
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