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Panic subsides on B's blue line

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07:46 AM ET 01.23 | Soon after they lost defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, the Bruins began giving up goals at an alarming rate. The team is still giving up more goals than it would like, but the structural play has looked more stable, as a young and inexperienced group of blueliners tries to find consistent cohesiveness. General manager Peter Chiarelli made it clear he was going to be patient and give the group a chance to jell before exploring the trade market for a veteran defenseman. He still might opt to make a move before the March 5 trade deadline, but after the past week, Chiarelli ought to feel more comfortable with his rearguard. "These three games in five days, or whatever it was, we were able to physically be there in every game and dominate parts of the game," Matt Bartkowski, one of the young defensemen, said.

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January 23, 2014  08:51 AM ET

gotta love the no panic approach of the team... its why they have been good for so long. Chiarelli is a huge part of that.

January 23, 2014  09:14 AM ET

With all of the injuries this team has faced, it's pretty insane how well they've played. They've had a few ugly ugly losses, but overall they've been pretty dam n good.

January 23, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

With all of the injuries this team has faced, it's pretty insane how well they've played. They've had a few ugly ugly losses, but overall they've been pretty dam n good.

Even with Rask battling through a slump the past few weeks they're still second in the league GAG avg.

January 23, 2014  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

With all of the injuries this team has faced, it's pretty insane how well they've played. They've had a few ugly ugly losses, but overall they've been pretty dam n good.

agreed

January 23, 2014  09:58 AM ET

Chiarelli ought to feel more comfortable with his rearguard.

That sounds like a piece of equipment invented for PM interviews.

January 23, 2014  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

With all of the injuries this team has faced, it's pretty insane how well they've played. They've had a few ugly ugly losses, but overall they've been pretty dam n good.

Pens had some serious blue line injuries too. At one point, of their 6 defensemen who started the year they only had two, Niskanen and Maatta (a 19 year old rookie) left. The kids they brought up from Wilkes-Barre did a great job and they were able to stay on top of the Eastern Conference.

That's why they minor league teams.

January 23, 2014  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Chiarelli ought to feel more comfortable with his rearguard.That sounds like a piece of equipment invented for PM interviews.

Sounds a little Godfather-ish, eh.

January 23, 2014  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That's why they minor league teams.

Thank God for that, as I bring up the Wings/Hawks game last night. The kids were alright.

January 23, 2014  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thank God for that, as I bring up the Wings/Hawks game last night. The kids were alright.

I didn't watch the whole thing, but from what I saw it was a pretty well played game.

January 23, 2014  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I didn't watch the whole thing, but from what I saw it was a pretty well played game.

From what I watch of the Pens, I don't know who will beat them this spring.

January 23, 2014  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

. The kids were alright.

so you didn't mind other guys dancin' with your girl?

January 23, 2014  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

so you didn't mind other guys dancin' with your girl?

Wouldn't happen in My Generation.

January 23, 2014  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Even with Rask battling through a slump the past few weeks they're still second in the league GAG avg.

That's cause they've given up and are just laying the Lummox across the crease.....

January 23, 2014  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thank God for that, as I bring up the Wings/Hawks game last night. The kids were alright.

Canuck missed some of it......

January 23, 2014  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

From what I watch of the Pens, I don't know who will beat them this spring.

Not Montreal.

January 23, 2014  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wouldn't happen in My Generation.

oh? were you born with a plastic spoon in your mouth?

January 23, 2014  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wouldn't happen in My Generation.

But who are you.......to say

January 23, 2014  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

With all of the injuries this team has faced, it's pretty insane how well they've played. They've had a few ugly ugly losses, but overall they've been pretty dam n good.

and still sitting pretty in second place behind Pitt. I still say the Big Bad Bruins are the team to beat in the East. No disrespect intended to Pitt.

January 23, 2014  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The kids were alright.

Making Who references now?

 
January 23, 2014  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Making Who references now?

......Heal Me.....

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