With a team as talented as the Bruins, he said, it's bound to happen, but it's not as easy as flipping a switch for the final 11 games. Parity is too tight in the NHL for the effort on the best teams to come and go as the players decide. Instead, he said, it takes a spark -- things aligning in one day that can begin to change the course of a franchise.
"It's harder than ever to just turn it on; you need to find that lightning in a bottle," he said. "Whether it's a great game or great saves or one guy who carries the load and transcends confidence throughout the lineup. That's highly possible here."
That moment may have happened this weekend for Boston on St. Patrick's Day, a day that could be the start of the Bruins' revival. There were big saves from Tim Thomas, like his save on Danny Briere in the shootout to preserve the 3-2 shootout win. There were big goals from stars like Tyler Seguin and a shootout winner from Patrice Bergeron. But this game was won the way games have to be in Boston, with contributions up and down the lineup. Gregory Campbell was fighting and blocking shots. Chris Kelly got Boston on the board first, a rarity during their second-half struggles.
That same day, news emerged that heart-and-soul forward Shawn Thornton was getting a two-year extension to stay in Boston.
It was a day to build off for the Bruins, who need to be at the top of their game with the playoffs approaching and still just enough time to pull it off.
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