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Two Days Off Before Two Games in Two Nights

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Today the Bruins will enjoy a second day off the ice and continue to cultivate rest going into their two games in three games in four days set with the Sabres, Canadiens (Wednesday and Thursday) and Capitals (Saturday) this week.


Philadelphia Flyers' Danny Briere, (48) looks for the rebound as Boston Bruins Dennis Seidenberg moves to clear the puck from in front of Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, in Boston. The Flyers won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Last Saturday, following the club's 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien talked about his club's five points out of six possible 2-0-1 performance at home last week.

"I think we had an opportunity here tonight to get that extra point," said Julien. "It was there for us for the taking. It’s unfortunate that it ended the way it did, but again, the last couple weeks we’ve picked up 10 out of 12 points.

"I think any team around the League would be happy with that."

And perhaps that is why the club is still in bed this morning. But Julien was careful to point out that he wasn't forgetting about the pair of points that were left by the wayside.

"We still felt that those two points that we let go, we had an opportunity to get them, which can be positive, but at the same time, we didn’t," said Julien. "Again, we’re striving for excellence and sometimes you want a little bit more."

But the B's bench boss has been on record with questions about the NHL travel schedule this season, and Sunday and Monday's off days seem to be intended to fight some of the fatique that JUlien had previously referenced.

But there's also a chance that the coach may have deemed it a necessity to give his charges some time, not only to recharge, but to unwind. A hectic schedule, important division games and the trade of Marco Sturm could all be stress factors for a club with high expectations.

Speaking to the trade of the very popular Sturm, Julien said, "It’s another player that I think has given us a great service here over the years and it’s unfortunate that he’s run into so many serious injuries that’s just kind of knocked him out of the game for long periods of time.

"And again, I think we could have used a player like him had it not been for the salary cap. It is what it is and you’ve got to make those kinds of moves and you move on. He was a real good team player. I think he was well respected by his teammates. He was well respected by the coaching staff, and even at times when he had those injuries he was always around and finding ways to participate in the team camaraderie

"He was definitely a well-respected team player," he said.

But now, with Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli "comfortable" with whether the Bruins are roster and cap wise, the Bruins who will take the trip north to Buffalo on Tuesday figure to be the group wearing Black & Gold for the long haul.

"I think they’re smart enough to figure it out and see what’s going on," said Julien. "Moves have been made and right now we’ve got everybody off the LTIR and into the lineup.

"So what we have right now is basically our team unless the organization at one point feels they need to tweak it to make it better."
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