WILMINGTON, MA – The Bruins seemed to be doing their best to get back to normalcy less than 48 hours after the Jarome Iginla soap opera played out in Boston, Calgary and, finally, in Pittsburgh. The B’s enjoyed their only stretch of two consecutive non-game days with a Friday afternoon practice at Ristuccia Arena, and then boarded a flight to Philadelphia for a Saturday afternoon matinee against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Claude Julien scoffed when it was suggested there might be any form of deflation or dejection among Bruins players after losing out on the Iginla sweepstakes.
“I can guarantee that there’s no deflation here. We’re a good team and the guys believe in themselves in [the dressing room],” said Julien. “Could [Iginla] have made our team better? Sure, but we’re still a good team.
“We’ve got good chemistry in that dressing room and we feel very comfortable with what we’re moving forward with. We’ll get the most out of everybody because everybody here is committed.”
More than fretting about a player, granted a future Hall of Fame player with over 500 career goals, the Bruins were looking ahead to back-to-back games this weekend and getting their own game back on track.
“It was the talk in the city, I guess, but it was his decision and there’s nothing we could control over it,” said Patrice Bergeron. “It’s about going back at it today for us. [The Penguins] are a great team so it’s always been good motivation to play Pittsburgh. I don’t think that will change anything.
“We’re confident in our team and it’s always been that way. To me [the Iginla situation] doesn’t matter. It still always comes down to the games being played on the ice.”
The Bruins have their own things to get in order within their own house, and it starts with winning only five of their last 10 games played. It continues with listless, poor starts to games and ends with the Bruins having blown five third period leads since March 3. That doesn’t even count the fact that they’re 1-3-1 against the Penguins and Canadiens this season, and have some things to prove still this season.
For now, though, they’ll be doing it with the same roster and cast of characters that have been grinding away on the Black and Gold all year.
“We’ve turned the page,” said Julien. “It’s about us right now. It’s not about [Iginla].”
The Bruins officially turn the page when they take the ice on Saturday and attempt to extend their sterling record during afternoon games this season against a Flyers team that just doesn’t have that much to play for anymore.