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Bruins GM Chiarelli has gotten used to finishing strong

Apr 9, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

Peter Chiarelli AP

Heading into the playoffs with confidence is important for some teams. For Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, he’s got plenty of confidence in his team and why shouldn’t he? Chiarelli saw the Bruins rise up and storm through the playoffs winning three Game 7s on their way to the Stanley Cup last season.

This time around, he tells’s Joe Haggerty that success has helped him get used to ending the season on a strong note.

“The season itself felt really like three different seasons, the start, the great stretch and the mediocrity in the middle,” Chiarelli says.

“The good finish is what I’ve grown accustomed to so I don’t put that as an additional part. Those kinds of lines were drawn into segments. It seems whenever I describe a season I always talk about ups-and-downs, so that’s part of what happens in the season.”

Chiarelli says he liked how the Bruins closed out the year in their final eight or nine games (Boston went 7-1-1 in their last nine) and that he likes how the team is set heading into the playoffs.

Even though the Bruins likely won’t see much, if anything, from Nathan Horton and defensemen Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk are banged up as well, the defending champs are set to be strong contenders to win it all again this year.

If Chiarelli can get one more good finish from his team this postseason, he might actually start to like all parts of the season next year.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    The Bruins’ biggest weakness is overconfidence. We saw it all season long as they failed to put forth the effort against teams they should have beaten easily. It’s been that way for a long time. If the front office and the coaching staff can successfully impress on the players their need for urgency then the Bruins will go deep. If not then their playoff history from the lockout on serves to remind us of how quickly they can get tossed.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Could be, but I think they’ve been humbled recently by the spate of injuries and the fact that they needed to turn it on at the end to stave off Ottawa.

      Can’t take any playoff opponent for granted. Hopefully they’ve learned that from the Habs series last year.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Id go with injuries over what you mentioned. They can be as confident as they want, but Id be happier with Horton, McQuaid, Boychuk, and Rask on the active roster.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        At least two of those should be there.

      • homelanddefense - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        looks like Boychuk is the only sure bet. I know they are saying its only an eye with McQuaid…but that has concussion written all over it. I dont think Horton makes it back. Of the 4 Rask is he least important IMO

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