'Maturity' keeps Bruins focused

'Maturity' keeps Bruins focused
March 1, 2013, 1:30 pm

WILMINGTON -- Having won their fifth straight game on Thursday night, the Bruins now stand at 13-2-2. The only other teams to have as few as four losses or less are the Anaheim Ducks (14-3-1) and the Chicago Blackhawks (17-0-3).

And as the Bruins continue to win, they continue to stay focused, and not overlook a team like the Tampa Bay Lightning, who the B's host Saturday afternoon, a day before hosting the rival Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.

Saturday would normally be considered a "trap game" for most teams, meaning it would be an easy game to overlook and not get up for, with Sunday night's game against Montreal fresh in everyone's mind.

But that's not necessarily the case with Claude Julien's team. And he believes it's a matter of maturity.

"A lot of it has to do with the maturity of our hockey team over the years," said Julien. "And I think we all realize now that we're always a better team when we live in the moment. So, the approach has always been, 'Let's go game by game here.' I don't even come up to the team and say, 'Okay, this week we've got this team and that team.' I just go game by game. The next game is against Tampa, and that's all we've talked about. We haven't talked about Montreal on Sunday. We know it's there on the schedule, but we don't talk about them until it's time to talk about that team."