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Post Game Notebook: Florida vs. Boston

by Helin Siris / Boston Bruins
Goaltender Battle

Tuesday’s game boiled down to goaltending with many crediting Alex Auld for the B’s extra point.  For the first three periods of regular play, it was a pretty even match-up between Bruins goalie Alex Auld and the Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson with each facing 30+ shots.  Alex Auld had a big save in the third stopping a two-on-one with 1:04 left in regulation. However, 22 seconds into overtime, the Panthers came out on top extending Anderson’s shutout streak to 147 minutes and 46 seconds during which time he has saved 105 shots.

Two nights before coming to Boston, Anderson set a modern-day NHL record for saves with a 53-save shutout of the New York Islanders.

Alex Auld on the game...
"I think that it is good when you have a game the next night.  You have to forget about it or else you will be buried again.  I think it is nice to get back in the saddle.  We obviously would have wanted a better result.  When you don’t get the win, it kind of just adds onto it.  But we have to keep the big picture in mind.  One point is important, but the biggest thing is getting back to playing the way that we can, playing our game.  When we are doing that we can win the majority of the games."

Craig Anderson on the game...
"Just a great overall effort.  We had a couple good opportunities there to finish the game in the third.  (Bruins Goaltender) Alex (Auld) came out with some big saves there.  During that power-play at the end, I was sweating a little bit.  I just tried to stay calm and relaxed, and I just knew the guys would pull through.  It just shows a great work ethic for our guys and it’s a great confidence booster knowing we can go into another building and find ways to win.  It’s not just one guy carrying the load.  It’s everyone doing their part and moving in the same direction."

On the Road…at Home?
Normally dressed in black and gold for their home-ice appearances, the Bruins sported their less colorful, primarily white, road jerseys in tonight’s game.

The reason for the switch-up was as a courtesy to the Panthers who requested to wear their home jerseys as tonight marks the end of their road trip. 

That news quieted speculation that it was part of a greater plan to bring the Bruins’ successful road record home (in addition to putting the team up in a downtown hotel the night before) . 

Candid Coach
Bruins Head Coach, Claude Julien, didn’t hold back when asked about his team’s performance. As far as what needs to be done to get the team back on track, Julien noted that “we need to be a little more dedicated and determined”.

“We’re a good team, but we aren’t so good that we can just rely on going out there and playing. We’re good because we are a dedicated group together.  We’re in sync, we work well together, and we commit to doing the things it takes to win. The minute we stop doing that we become a very ordinary hockey club.”

Coach is hopeful, however, that with some adjustments, the Bruins can get back into the groove.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to panic, but there’s reason to want to make those kinds of adjustments and get the guys focused. Get those good habits back as quick as possible.” 

View from above…
Along with fellow injured players Andrew Alberts and Patrice Bergeron, Aaron Ward took in tonight’s game from high above the ice in the Bruins’ 9th level Press Box.

Ward, who’s on crutches, suffered a deep contusion on his foot during Monday night’s game against the Washington Capitals.

The timetable for his return is unknown as it depends on the pain related to the deep bruise and even more significantly when he will be able to fit into his skates again.

This is the second foot-related injury of the season for Ward who missed eight games between December 22nd and January 8th with a broken left foot.

Shoot ‘Em Up
Even though they failed to score in tonight’s game, the B’s tallied 40 shots against the Panthers.

This marks the tenth time in their last 14 games they have recorded 30-or-more shots in a game and the fourth time this season that they have registered 40-or-more shots.  The B’s have outshot their opponents by a 480-404 margin over that span.

This is a significant improvement from earlier in the season when the Bruins had 30-or-more shots in just 15 of their first 52 games this season.
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