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Andy Brickley on D&C: ‘I expect moves to be made’ by Bruins

Bruins color analyst Andy Brickley joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance to discuss the Bruins’ 5-3 win over the Senators Tuesday night.

Boston broke a 3-3 deadlock in the third period with goals from Johnny Boychuk [1] and Daniel Paille [2] just 37 seconds apart. Brickley said that it is a big boost for a team when the fourth line is able to score.

“It’s huge. That fourth line isn’t necessarily a line you look for to score, even though they did last year,” Brickley said. “You look at the momentum changes, you already brought up the Thornton fight, that’s a significant contribution from those guys. Paille’s a really good penalty-killer, as is [Gregory] Campbell. Campbell wins faceoffs, Campbell gets in people’s faces. That’s the kind of thing you’re looking for. They may start a period, they may start a game, they may set a tempo, but when they’re actually putting pucks in the net, that’s huge for the entire locker room and the bench, everybody gets a really lift from that.”

Brickley was also impressed with the Bruins defensive play, despite the three goals allowed. Boston allowed just 26 shots on Tim Thomas [3], as opposed to the 41 shots the Bruins put on Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.

“I liked a lot of what they did, especially defensively getting back to the very foundation of what they are and trying to reestablish their identity,” Brickley said. “I thought they played pretty well against Toronto, but I thought from a defensive standpoint, that was probably their best effort last night.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. [4]

On the Bruins making moves to improve the team: “I think you always have to improve your team. I think you have to look because we’re in a salary cap era now beyond one year in time, ideally you like to be a Stanley Cup [5] contender each and every year, but with an eye to the future. Their next wave of talent like we talked about last week is still in junior, it’s not going to come from Providence, I believe. So with that in mind, I expect moves to be made.”

On Shawn Thornton’s role as an enforcer: “He’s been around long enough and he’s sharp enough and he understands what his role is to know when’s the right time and when to wait [to fight]. And because they got down on a bad-bounce goal and they had good pressure and once again they were down early, he wasn’t going to wait around. The only problem is, could he get somebody to engage, would somebody buy in and drop their gloves with him? And I was glad to see that [Zenon] Konopka would do that. It was the right time, and if you don’t lose in those situations then good things will happen on your bench, and that’s exactly what happened last night.”

On 18-year-old prospect Dougie Hamilton and when he’ll move up to the Bruins: “It takes a special athlete to be able to step in to the National Hockey League [6] at that age and be an impact player. They’re looking at what’s the optimum route for a guy to develop so that he has a 10-15-year NHL [7] career. I think in today’s game, you don’t see as many as those guys on teams that are established that are Stanley Cup contenders already. They opt to keep those guys on a slower pace as far as their development. I think you can also add to that list, just the opposite, the Patrik Stefans of the world that were 18, drafted first overall, come into bad teams and never materialize as a bona fide NHL player. You can look at both sides of the argument. Dougie Hamilton’s right where should be right now, but that’s not to say that his development can’t accelerate and he’d be here sooner than what you anticipate, that could certainly happen.”