Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Adam McQuaid
to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and recalled forward Drew Larman from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Larman will join the team Thursday and be available for Thursday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the TD Garden at 7 p.m.
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton
feels like the Bruins have more to give and he feels that the veteran NHLers in the Boston locker room have the ability to make it happen.
"We all have to be better, there’s no doubt about it," said Thornton after practice. "We all have to be better.
"You can talk about it, but I think in this room there’s been enough talk. We need to just go out and everyone needs to bring their best every night because, no excuses, but we’re missing a lot of good players, so we need the best from everyone to make it happen."
Like many of his teammates, Thornton pointed to the club's game against the Sharks as proof that the B's have another gear.
"We played maybe the best team in the league with San Jose and we played a great game," he said. "And I thought we played pretty well against Anaheim except for a couple mistakes.
"I don’t mean to dwell on that road trip but it shows that we’re capable of doing it when we’re in the right mind frame. We need everybody to be in the right mind frame."
Asked what the Bruins could do, as a team and individually, to right the ship, Thornton said, "Everyone just being on the same page."
"My first year [in Boston], everyone worked. It was a lot of adversity with Bergy [Patrice Bergeron
's injury], with Savvy [Marc Savard
] breaking his back, I mean, basically everyone stuck to the game plan.
"Everyone came to work and guys stepped up to fill the voids."
"I think it’s happened on occasion this year, but not enough," he said.
Thornton believes the vets can be a part of the solution.
"We have to lead the way," he said. "Hopefully we can lead the way and guys will fall in behind."
|Sturm (#16) left practice early today and Begin (#27) did not skate. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) |
The B's injury news continues to be poor. Today, it was Marco Sturm who left practice early due to an undisclosed issue.
"That wasn’t planned," said Julien. "So is he questionable for tomorrow? Yes."
Forwards Steve Begin and Byron Bitz remained off the ice, as well.
Defenseman Matt Hunwick caught a puck high during Wednesday's session, but went to the trainers and returned before the end of practice.
Julien said that he hoped that the day off from practice on Tuesday upped the energy level of his club, but in the end, it will come down to the tenacity of the Bruins.
"Our situation isn’t getting better, as you can see, and we’re just going to have to keep plugging away," he said.
Julien was asked about coming up with some way to motivate or coach the players into a higher compete level.
"Everybody’s different," said Julien. "You take different approaches.
"Some players react to something different than others and that’s why you’ve got to get to know a little bit the personalities and what it takes to get those guys going.
"But the bottom line is you have to find a way," he said.
Clearly, the Bruins are frustrated with their performance against the Senators and had hoped to bring the same kind of intensity and effort that they did against the Sharks and Kings to the ice on Monday night against Ottawa.
"Well I think everybody was pleased with the compete level we had on the road," said Julien. "And that’s probably what they’re looking for is more of that compete level. And we certainly made it hard for the other team, no doubt about it.
"It’s one of those things where if you can at least bring your compete level up, you’re giving yourself a chance.
"I know we’ve got a lot of guys out of our lineup, but you’ve got to hope that the guys you have in your lineup, if their compete level is where it should be, we should make a game out of it. And I know we didn’t make a game out of it last game and we should look to rebound from that," he said.