Jacobs: Bruins assemble 'dream team'


Jacobs: Bruins assemble 'dream team'

By DannyPicard

BOSTON -- Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs met with his team on Sundaymorning, as they prepare for the Stanley Cup Finals against the VancouverCanucks.

Jacobs addressed the media after and gave his take on theteams playoff run.

You can't have any more pride than I enjoyed this morning,said an emotional Jacobs. I feel just very lucky and very fortunate to bewhere I am. As a fan, as a custodian of a great franchise, this is a wonderful,wonderful experience.

I think I'm very lucky to have the leadership, both on the ice and in the backof the house, so to speak. I can't speak enough for the total organization andhow it's moved forward. I'm so proud of what they've achieved.

As a fan, you look at it, and you say, Look what happened Friday night inthis building, and it's what this city deserves, and what this franchise islong overdue.

Jacobs went on to praise everyone in the organization, andspecifically, had high praise for Peter Chiarelli, Cam Neely, and ClaudeJulien, and the way theyve handled the team this year.

I think that Peter Chiarelli has put together a dream team, his dream, as hesaw it, within the parameters that they have to work, said Jacobs. I thinkCam has shown great understanding of hockey. And this is a great city to playhockey in.

You've got a coach that is a player's coach, whose outstanding leadershipreally represents . . . You have to admire the way, when things don't go yourway, he doesn't say, Woe is me, which we saw throughout the playoffs withsome people. He says, Youve got to dig down. Youve got to work harder. AndI think thats just a wonderful attribute. I think it plays well to theplayers. They know that they have to work hard to be successful.

Jacobs believes that this Stanley Cup Finals run certainlyvalidates all the work that the front office has put in over the last fewyears. Even though the chances of getting to the Finals looked bleak afterlosing the first two games of the opening series to Montreal, he said that itsexperiences like that that have helped this team grow.

I was disappointed we were down 2-0, but I had a lot ofconfidence in our team, said Jacobs. But I have to tell you, when youre down2-0, youve got to be concerned about whether or not you can pull that off. Andto go into Montreal and win the next two, that was very refreshing.

This is not an overnight wonder. This is a team that hasevolved, and built in their experiences, both good and bad. And thats veryapparent to me, to watch them grow the way they have. I couldnt be happierthan I am right now.

Now, he said, everyone shares one common goal, and onecommon goal only.

It was a great experience to visit with them, and tounderstand the ambition that I share with them, said Jacobs. The ambition isto go and win the Stanley Cup.

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Nash stepping up when Bruins need him most


Nash stepping up when Bruins need him most

BROOKLYN -- It took most of his first season in Boston, but Riley Nash is hitting his groove with the Bruins at exactly the right time.

Nash came up huge in a must-win game Saturday night against the Islanders, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over the Isle. The unheralded Nash and equally unheralded backup goalie Anton Khudobin were the two most important performers in the tight, playoff-style win that snapped a four game losing streak while pushing the B's back into playoff position.

"That's part of [a big win], right? Big performances,” said interim coach Bruce Cassidy. "Generally you look to your best players, but [Nash] did a really good job. He's got a sneaky shot, so hopefully he uses it a little bit more. You can't say enough about those goals. We needed them tonight.

"Generally our top guns have been good offensively and have come through. But tonight it was the lesser lights for us in terms of offense, so good for us.”

Both Nash goals were titanic. The first came on the first shift following the Islanders goal in the first period. The fourth-line winger stripped Isles defenseman Scott Mayfield in the neutral zone and then flipped a shot past Thomas Greiss to the short side that tied the game at 1-1. Then in the third period, Dominic Moore hit Nash in stride as he sped into the offensive zone, and Nash weaved through defenders before sneaking one past Greiss for the game-winner.

The two goals give Nash four goals and six points in 21 games since the All-Star break, in line with his normal offensive output during his NHL career, and a step up from the three goals and nine points in his first 52 games this season.

The affable Nash was more than happy to contribute in a big win, and enthused at seeing the offense finally starting to flow on a semi-regular basis when the Bruins can really use it.

"It's quite the output as opposed to the season I've had so far, so I'll take it and be happy that we won the game,” said Nash. "I think everyone in here knew that was the biggest game of the year. It was going to be a really big uphill battle if we lost that one.

"Both teams came out desperate in a pretty tight, playoff-style game, but that's what it's going to be like for the rest of the season. So we've got to hunker down and take it one game at a time as the saying goes.”

With the Bruins third line fading a bit in these tight, physical games where players have to battle for their ice, it's been vital that Boston's fourth line step up and provide big minutes at both ends of the ice. Nash and Co. did more than that on Saturday night by potentially saving the season with his biggest, best game in a Bruins uniform.