For much of 2012 the Bruins had been pressing and Head Coach Claude Julien said his charges were carrying too much "weight" on their shoulders.
"I think in Minnesota really our guys got together and really talked about stuff and realized we liked winning a lot more than losing," said right wing Tyler Seguin
after Thursday's practice in Buffalo. "Obviously, we knew that before, but we want to have a positive attitude the last few games.
"We really went into that game against St. Louis knowing it’s a challenge...[and] we just said we’re going to go out there, play our game and have fun and do our job and let the next guy do theirs."
Seguin and his teammates did their jobs and came out with what Coach Julien called a "really good team win."
"I can name a lot of guys I thought had great games," agreed Seguin. "One guy in particular being [David Krejci
"I thought he was really doing things maybe he wasn’t comfortable doing, and that was our big thing going into that game, doing things you’re not comfortable usually doing.
"Look at [Milan Lucic
's] goal, Krech went in and hit a guy pretty hard and Looch went it and scored on the play. Just little things I thought we wanted to take away from that game that we want to have every night," he said.
Julien liked what he saw out of Seguin, as well.
"I thought he competed well yesterday," said Julien. "Watching the game over...he went in got physically involved and there was really no shortcuts in his game.
"At one point, you look at what the line has done and he performed last night. Whether they say he hasn’t scored in x number of games, he certainly participated in our scoring and that should be just as good.
"I don’t look at it the same way everybody does, and I’m sure he’d like to score and I'd like to see him score, but at the same time, at the end of the night, it’s what did you bring to the game on that specific night and I thought he was good," he said.
And Seguin would like the Bruins to bring the same effort to the ice at First Niagara Center on Friday and build some momemtum for the spoked-B.
"Absolutely, it’d be nice to get hot here, put a couple of wins together in a row instead of back and forth flip flopping wins and losses," said Seguin. "Obviously, that’s what we want to do.
"Really the last few days we’ve been having fun with our jobs, lately it hasn’t been too much fun a lot of negative energy, myself included. And we all seem to have a positive attitude in here and having fun so hopefully we can bring it to the ice and string together some wins."