Monday, February 28, 2011
GM likes what he's seeing
By James Murphy
KANATA, Ontario -- The Bruins (36-19-7, 79 points) will play the Ottawa Senators (21-32-9, 51 points) at Scotia Bank Place on Tuesday night as they try to complete a sweep of their six-game road trip and move into a tie with Tampa Bay for second place in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins beat the Senators 4-2 at Ottawa on Feb. 18 after acquiring defenseman Tomas Kaberle and forward Rich Peverly in separate trades earlier that day and former Senator Chris Kelly earlier that week. Since then, the team has won three straight games, and in the eyes of general manager Peter Chiarelli, has jelled to play a consistent, complete game, beating elite teams like the Canucks and Flames.
“We’ve played a real solid two-way game,” Chiarelli said of the 5-0-0 road trip. “Maybe not generated all the chances that we normally would, but we’re making really good plays. I feel like we’re clean in our own end and I like our movement better on the power play. That speaks to the confidence and a little bit of synergy.
“Goaltending has been good, and Vancouver and Calgary are two really big tough teams and I liked our game. We competed, we were down in both and we came back and just played a solid game. The synergy I talked about and the four strong lines now … eventually you come out ahead if you’re playing your game.”
Boston will return home for games against Tampa Bay on Thursday and Pittsburgh on Saturday before hitting the road again to play at Montreal next week.