Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy now has 200 wins as an NHL head coach after the Bruins finally beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 Saturday at TD Garden. Cassidy has 153 wins with the Bruins and 47 with the Washington Capitals from his first head coaching stint in the NHL when he coached the Caps for two seasons from 2002-2004.
“Not the number itself but I guess it means now you’re starting to accumulate some and starting to establish some consistency in the league and your craft,” Cassidy said. “That’s the positive part of it; the first time go around it didn’t happen that way so I kind of learned a few things and it’s working out OK.”
While that milestone was a feel-good moment for the Bruins bench boss, he was more thrilled that his team was finally able to solve the Red Wings and goalie Jonathan Bernier who was 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .956 save percentage coming into this game. The Bruins can now embark on their four-game road trip that starts tomorrow in New York against the Rangers on a high note.
“We wanted to make sure we got a win today,” Cassidy said. “We had a couple of losses to them this year and wanted to make sure we took care of business in the right manner. I think everyone was involved today so it was a good hockey game in that regard. We didn’t steal anything. That’s a good way to hit the road, feeling good about your game. I think it’s just an extension of what we’ve been doing the last two or three weeks, ten games let’s say. So again, different guys contributing; our top guys, they do their thing but I thought everyone sort of pulled on the rope today. I thought [Charlie] Coyle’s line did a good job establishing O-zone possession time and had a big influence in the momentum shifts for us.”
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