By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Yes, the Bruins looked flat and there are plenty of Bs skaters who arent even close to their best right now.But people need to take into account a couple of things in the wake of Thursday nights loss to the Buffalo Sabres: The Bruins were coming off their seventh game in an 11-day stretch and the Bs have gone 14-6-5 since the beginning of December in a very challenging stretch.
No need to jump off a bridge given how far the team has come in the last few weeks.You have to brush off the loss, but what you have to do is show it, said Claude Julien. If we show that we can bounce back and play well then it is just one bad game. As long as we dont carry it into the next game and bring our focus, we know that its going to be tough games. Were going into some buildings where teams are battling for a playoff spot, and theyre never easy games.If Julien isnt panicking at this point, then perhaps Bruins fans shouldnt be either.On to the links: Matt Hunwick a healthy scratch for the Colorado Avalanche it was only a matter of time. A great, great story on Steve Kampfer by Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal that takes everyone behind the scenes of his acquisition. Could there be some shenanigans with the Evgeni Nabokov waiver claim by the Detroit Red Wings? Okay, Ill admit it: I just wanted to use the word shenanigans.
Dean Lombardi wont be getting a Christmas card from the NHL game operations people anytime soon, even though hes going to be making a sizable donation to their charity of choice. This may make Bruins fans happy at the discomfort of a former savior. A good satire of the NHLs Guardian project by the Pens Blog it would have been a lot cooler if this what the real thing looked like. A few facts and figures from the Puck Daddy. A good take from Andy Strickland on David Perron taking his time and not rushing back from a concussion suffered against the San Jose Sharks.