Slumping Bruins: ‘We have to win sooner or later’
|02.03.10 at 3:04 pm ET|
Three of the most prominent leaders on the Bruins are sounding the same theme — wins are right around the corner.
The problem is the Bruins have to turn the corner first. On Wednesday, they got back to practice in Belmont and the business of pounding the pavement — or ice — and looking for the positive street signs ahead.
But Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard and Tim Thomas all believe in their hearts that their current eight-game skid — the team’s longest in 54 seasons — will soon be a thing of the past.
“We always can get going and find a way to motivate ourselves,” said Chara, who has been playing with a dislocated left pinkie finger that will likely need surgery in the offseason, according to ESPN. “We have to put this one behind us and there’s a new day tomorrow. We just have to get ready for the next game and keep trying. We have to win sooner or later.”
That next game is against archrival Montreal on Thursday night at TD Garden, a place they haven’t won in since Dec. 30 — an unbelievable stretch of seven home games. Their last home win was on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park against the Flyers in overtime.
The Bruins certainly showed fight and determination on Tuesday, when they led the NHL-leading Washington Captials after one and were tied with them after 40 minutes. But then, the third period came, and the Bruins were washed away by a torrent of scoring — the kind of offense the Bruins have been unable to find recently.
“That’s the thing,” Savard said. “It’s just a matter of sticking with it. It’s tough, trust me, it’s tough. I’ve been in these situations before and I think a lot of guys have so hopefully that can pull us through. We keep getting efforts like that. It feels like our old Bruins are coming, we’re coming. The guys are coming one line after the other. And it’s just got to go in [the net]. When that floodgate opens, I hope it opens for awhile.”
Then, there’s the goaltending. Tim Thomas has had his fair share of bad luck, allowing only one goal on Tuesday night that could be considered his sole responsibility. To Thomas, this is a crisis of confidence, nothing more, nothing less.
“At this point, we’re playing so well that it’s just all about confidence and getting the confidence back,” Thomas said. “From me, up through the defenseman and to the guys that do the scoring. They’re right there. It’s all in our heads. We’re giving the physical effort.”