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Internal Competition Key to B's Early Success

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The Bruins, now 4-1-0, are off to an outstanding start and on Friday Boston head coach Claude Julien was asked if it were difficult, as a coaching staff, to keep the Black & Gold grounded going into their Saturday game with the New York Rangers.

McGrattan is waiting for the call.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
"Not really," said Julien, now 179-79-0-35 in 251 games behind Boston's bench. "I think there are still a lot of things we can work on.

"You know, [Thursday] they had some good chances. Timmy [Tim Thomas] was very good for us and you know, there was some break downs where they had chances from turnovers from our own doing that was maybe a little uncharacteristic of our team.

"Not to say we played bad, but against teams like that, they'll make those things happen, so you try and find things that you ant to work on every day and that normally keeps you grounded."

She competition for game night roster spots -- Daniel Paille, Brian McGrattan, Adam McQuaid and Tuukka Rask are itching to play.

"Sure it does," said Julien. "You know, there's always a situation where if you get a little too comfortable, somebody else is just waiting for that opportunity to take your spot.

"And you know, we know what the competition from within can do and it's been much easier so far this year. We've got a healthy team.

"Last year, we didn't have that luxury all the time and it was tougher for a coach to sometimes get his players to get going when he knows there's nobody behind him pushing him."

McGrattan talked about getting the call.

"No. No word yet," said McGrattan of his roster status, today. "But it's the same as every game.

"Stay ready and do what I can do to be ready, and if I get the call to go, I'll be ready."
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