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Banged-up Bruins content enough with point in Philly

by Dan Rosen
PHILADELPHIA -- The greedy Claude Julien wasn't satisfied with the one point. The sensible Claude Julien was content after Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss at Wachovia Center.

For now, though, the Bruins coach is aware that greed may not be so good.

His team was put through the ringer this week thanks to a pair of trades (Chuck Kobasew out, Daniel Paille in) orchestrated to shake up the roster, coupled with a pair of injuries to star players Marc Savard and Milan Lucic that will keep them out for 4-6 weeks each.

Getting a point in Philadelphia one night after a 3-2 home win over Nashville was about as much as he could ask.

"It shows that we have character in this room," Bruins forward Steve Begin, who had a goal on two shots in 16:43 of ice time, told "We had a tough start, but we know within the room we can do it. The main thing is we have to show up every game and make sure everybody gives more. We need everybody every game. That's going to be important."

The Bruins survived a first period in which they were outshot 12-6 and came out even at 1-1 thanks to a power-play goal from defenseman Derek Morris with 2:34 left.

"They got a few (shots) on the power play and I don't know how many were quality shots, but they came at us hard," Morris told "We tried to play a simple game, chip it in, and as the period ran on we got a little momentum going."

Boston went ahead on Matt Hunwick's goal 7:36 into the second period, but fell behind, 3-2, less than six minutes later on goals by Darroll Powe and Arron Asham. However, Begin struck with 3:34 to play in the period to make it 3-3.

It stayed that way until the shootout. Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the competition, but Patrice Bergeron had Ray Emery beat before losing the puck and Michael Ryder rang his attempt off the left post.

"A little bit of bad luck, but that's part of the game sometimes," Julien said. "I thought we played hard enough and well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. It took some big saves from Tuukka (Rask), but they got the same thing at the other end. I thought our guys battled hard."

That's precisely what Julien wanted to see Thursday. It wasn't so much that the Bruins were playing on consecutive days, but he hadn't seen them put consecutive solid games together yet this season.

Until Thursday they hadn't registered points in back-to-back games this season.

"I thought (Wednesday), from the second period on, we played much better and (Thursday) I thought we were pretty good throughout the whole game," Julien said. "We stayed in there and played the typical tight road game that we were supposed to play."

Morris believes the Bruins' play over those 27 hours, from the start of Wednesday's game to the end of Thursday's game, should provide the team enough evidence of what it needs to do, especially without Lucic and Savard.

"We're figuring it out now, how hard we have to play to win games," Morris said. "Even if we get down a goal or up a goal we can't change our game. We were doing that at the beginning. We weren't getting a full 60-minute effort. At least (Thursday) when things didn't go well we found a way to bounce back and stay in it."

Added Begin: "We made a few mistakes, but we showed that we can be a good hockey team even with our top players missing."

Julien, though, can't help himself. He wishes they were good enough for two points Thursday. Now that would have given them some serious momentum heading into Saturday's road game in Ottawa.

"This was a good challenge for us, and again, three out of four points is never bad," the coach said, "but when you feel you could have won the game it's disappointing."


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