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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Learning to Win

After an ugly performance friday night, the B's respond with a good 60 minute effort to win 3-2. The win was important, but the way they did it was the most important thing.

After all, who didn't have the bad feeling that some thing would happend when Bergy gave us the lead with 15:00 to play in the 3rd. Please, raise your hand (my hand is raised). Yes, we were all waiting to see the worst to happen but no, the worst didn't happen. This team is starting to learn an important lessons in order to be a playoff team. Win the close game. It could be a very silly statement but basically, that's what killed the B's last year. Those points lost due to a lack of finish or a ton of bad turnovers in their own end. They are 1-1 with 2 points in bank. Last year, it would have been 2 losses.

Last night, lead by Chara, the B's did the job right. They didn't panic, stuck with the plan and worked hard. Of course, this year is different. The team has a professionnal coaching staff who has answers. The addition of Chara stabilizes the defense and prevents any wind of panic throught the whole team and finally, those guys started to believe in themself. Looking back, that defeat in Florida was good. The team have no choice but to look in the mirror and there's some players who probably said, "not again". No, it will not be the same as last year since, now, there's some leadership in the lockeroom. You can feel it, Friday night, that the guys were pissed off. Last year, they were indifferent to the result and there was no one who can rattle the cage. Chara is the leader and right now, no one seems eager to mess with him. They are more eager to follow him which is a very good news.

This team have showed, last night, character and hard work; something that we didn't see last year. This only question now is whether or not they can repeat this effort game after game. The bets are open.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

a two game sample is not large enough for the blanket statements you are making.... you need to run off 2-3 tightly played wins in close succesion to say a team is "learning how to win".

take a step back...this team has proven nothing to us yet.


4:25 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

This only question now is whether or not they can repeat this effort game after game...

I think i was full aware that it was a small sample....

4:27 PM  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Yeah, while I want to beleive they learned somthing it's a bit early. I imagine they learned that they got rocked on Friday and they were very embarrased because of it.

They didn't play a shutdown game, they played and adequate game. Here's hoping it continues.

Damn I ate too much turkey. I may puke. Enjoy your turkey Latrappe!

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This team have showed, last night, character and hard work; something that we didn't see last year."

As others have said, that's rash, but I think more importantly it isn't fair to last year's team. There *were* games where the 2005-2006 Bruins showed character and hard work. They had some really great efforts! A poor overall record should not erase those memories entirely. How fickle.

But what they weren't able to do was to do these things consistently. That's what's important, and of course that can't be measured by a single game this season...


11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the coach of this team is saying its going to take him a quarter of a season to get a feel for what kind of team he has.... and you a tv spectator are making blanket statements about what kind of team they are after one win...this really ruffles my feathers, so i had to post again...

12:15 PM  

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