NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan Wednesday to talk about the Bruins’ first game since the All-Star break, the fans’ reaction to Tim Thomas  and the Super Bowl .
Despite a sloppy start to Tuesday’s game, the Bruins’ first game in almost a week, the B’s impressed Brickley with their resolve by putting the pieces together in the third period for a 4-3 win.
“When the game was on the line and they had to take their intensity to a different level they did it in the third period,” Brickley said. “Third periods have been great for them all year. Now, if you look at the first 40, it looked like a team that had had five days off. That’s a lot of time.”
Added Brickley: “There’s still just too much inconsistency in the Bruins’ game right now.”
Tim Thomas received an ovation from the TD Garden crowd before the game, ending speculation that fans might turn on him following the White House controversy.
“If there were any boo-birds in the building, they were certainly going to get drowned out,” Brickley said, adding: “Nobody’s going to boo him. Even if his perception has changed with the Bruins fans, it’s not worthy of being booed. Absolutely not.”
As for Thomas’ play in the game, Brickley said: “He looked just like the rest of the team. He had his moments of real good play and then he had some inconsistent moments, some rebounds maybe he’d like to have back. But once again, that ultracompetitiveness takes over when the game’s on the line and he made the saves he had to make.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page .
On how much Tyler Seguin  has matured: “I think he’s still maturing and still growing. I think last year’s experience of being a champion accelerated the process. I think we were a little — I don’t know if the word is fooled — but I think our perception of the top 10 draft picks that come out of the combine and how well schooled they are, their ability to interview misleads to their level of maturity. When you really get down to it, how they handle themselves day in and day out in a professional lifestyle — and I think the perception was Tyler was ready to handle at 18, and a very young 18, the National Hockey League . And we found out that he wasn’t.
“But given the experience that he had, the locker room that he lived in the, the ups and downs, and not being the superstar anymore, that reality that hit him hard in the face was good for him. But the success he had in the playoffs accelerated, put his maturation process back where it needed to be. And he showed on the ice his maturity level is growing leaps and bounds. But I still think there’s plenty of areas of his life and his approach to the game and how he prepares that can continue to get better.”
On how Seguin can make the leap to superstar status: “I would say just commitment to the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet that really aren’t that fun about playing hockey. Sticking your nose in there and taking a well-earned penalty, and maybe dropping the gloves when you have to protect yourself, to let the league know that you’re not just going to take it when someone starts to bully you. That backchecking stuff, a commitment to fitness — all the things that all the great players learn at some point, some learn it sooner than others.”
On the Super Bowl: “I’m concerned about [Rob] Gronkowski as most New England Patriots  fans are. I think [Tom] Brady‘s is going to have an epic day. Will it be enough? Yeah, it will be. I like the Patriots in this one. But I think it could be one of the best Super Bowls that we’ve seen in some time. ‘¦ I’m going to go 31-28, Pats.”