The Boston Bruins rebounded from a tough 4-3 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday with a 3-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday night. The win sends the Bruins into the NHL’s All-Star break with 70 points and the top spot in the Atlantic Division. The club will now have nine days off before they return to action in Winnipeg on January 31st.
“I was pretty brief,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked what his message was to the team heading into the break. “We did some good things this first — I don’t want to call it half anymore, but first stretch.
“Enjoy yourself and get away wherever you’re going, mentally cleanse. But understand that we get back, we get at it pretty quick. Be a professional. By that, you do have to look after yourself in some degree in terms of your conditioning. But again, it’s more about, enjoy it, but be ready to get ramped up in a hurry.”
Cassidy was also pleased with how his team stayed focused and battled even with a vacation ahead of them.
“Good pros. Doesn’t surprise me. Our guys are good that way,” Cassidy said. “I think the way we finished in Pittsburgh probably gave us a bit more focus. I think it was two things: A, those guys are professional in there. Thought yesterday’s practice was hard and good and good compete, so they understood that we’re not going to ride it into the streak.
“Every game is important, and again, the Pittsburgh result probably didn’t sit that well with some guys. Typically when that happens, the next game, you’re ready to go, and I thought we were in the first, ready to play.”