New Jersey Devils forward Jamie Langenbrunner, who beat the Boston Bruins with an overtime goal at TD Banknorth Garden last Thursday, was named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Feb. 1 and for the month of January.
Last week he scored six goals (two against Boston), including three game-winners.
Today in a media conference call, Langenbrunner was asked about the Bruins and what makes Boston the class of the conference right now.
“Well, first you have to start with their defense. We had (Boston head coach) Claude Julien here, and we know what he stresses as a coach, and that’s playing team defense. He’s got those guys doing that. They are extremely hard to play against and you have (Zdeno) Chara and those guys back there.
“And their depth and stuff, they have gone through a lot of injuries and they have had guys doing the same thing we had to do – they are putting guys in the lineup and they are performing. They are a four-line team that’s big and strong and they are just a good team.”
The Bruins and Devils are 1-2 in the East right now. The clubs, who have split a pair of games so far this season, are slated to meet twice more before the end of the regular season.