Boston Bruins: B’s Back Home At the Garden


The Boston Bruins are back home at the TD Garden after their Western Canadian road trip. The Black and Gold were able to salvage four out of six points, and played their best all around game of the season on Saturday, blanking the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.

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“If we could go home with four out of six points on this trip, it would be a pretty good trip, and we managed to do that,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. “Now that you’ve got four out of six, you kind of look back and say, jeez, we could have had six out of six had we played the other two games the same way.

“But again, these are tough road trips when you come out West, and for us to come out there on the back-to-back — a tough team yesterday [in Calgary] — and to play as well as we did tonight, the credit goes inside that dressing room.”

That dressing room had to play with some tight restrictions. The B’s lost Adam McQuaid to an injury just seven minutes into the Vancouver game as he blocked a shot with his arm. This left the Bruins to play with just five defensemen. Two of those five hadn’t played a NHL game in weeks. Still, the Bruins found their magic on the ice.

“Sometimes, when you play with five D, it doesn’t give you time to think; you just go out and play,” Krug said. “I think obviously we wanted certain matchups, and with five D, you can’t always worry about that; you just get out there and move the puck, keep it simple, and take your chances when you can. That leads to good hockey.”

Adam McQuaid was on the ice with the team this morning. While there is no word when he’ll be back, this is an encouraging sign.

The Boston Bruins are currently fourth in the Atlantic Division, two points behind the Ottawa Senators. Their 31 points is good enough for seventh overall in the Eastern Conference. After all the ups and downs the Bruins had in September and October, it’s good to see the Bruins in playoff contention before and after Thanksgiving.

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