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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 16, 2012 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. I Respectfully Thank the North End, South Boston, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Roslindale and All Who Have Subscribed and Read My Articles "1 Am Honored!" Having Done the Best I Could Nick Morganelli Jimmy Connors and Willie Pep Norman "Stony" Stone I thank all newspapers that I have written for over the years. Proudly, I have done the best I could with this endeavor. I never real- ized or thought that I'd be writing. Thank you Wareham Schools, Bristol Community College, Western New En- gland College, U-Mass Dartmouth, Upper Cape Community College, and all other places where I have received my education from. I did the best I could. Writ- ing is something that I never thought that I'd be doing. Oh well. Looks like Mickey Finn and Bobby Franklin are do- ing another fine job on pre- paring the Ring 4 Banquet on April 22, 2012 at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. Awards distributed to Fight Family members this day will be in; Special Memorial to Tom McNeeley, Memo- rial Award to Goody Petronelli, Ernie Minelli, Mary Jo Brown, Hall of Fame Inductees Charley Dwyer, Joey DeGrandis, Jimmy Harrison, Brother in Boxing Award to Joe Feeney; Hu- manitarian Award. RIP Boxer Dave Chamley of England. Called the Dartford Destroyer, this Lightweight Champion of England fought for the World title, versus Joe "Old Bones" Brown in front of a record setting 18,000 fight fans. These two fighters fought twice. Dave Chamley is another highly respected fight family mem- ber. He also fought Emil Griffith in his career. "Pictures of The Fight Family Members?" All are as important as the other. When Local Fighters Fight. Go and support them as you were supported by others when you fought too. Also encourage others to support the Fight World too. Barbara Roach Brothers Phil Gomes and Carlie Gomes John Vena Kippy Diggs Vito Antuofermo and Chris Sarno Charlie Tartaglia Joe DeNucci and Francis X. Bellotti Vinny Vecchione and Danny A couch of World Champions: Missy Fiorentino, Vito Long Antuofermo, Riddick Bowe and Tony DeMarco. Bruins "Cubs" put on their game faces. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Things aren't exactly going well for the defending Stanley Cup champions these days with injuries leading to losses and per- haps even the ousting of the Bruins from their months- long standing as the leader of the Northeast Division. That positioning is impor- tant because the winner of a division gets an automatic berth into the playoffs. Should the B's lose the divi- sional lead; they would really take a tumble and be ban- ished to the lower ranks of the Eastern Conference playoff qualifiers. They'd most likely still make the playoffs, but would have to face a much stronger oppo- nent in the first round. And with the way the Bruins have been playing of late, that would not be a good situation to face. But it is a realistic one if the losses continue. Head coach Claude Julien was asked how long he and his staff reflect upon a loss. "Well, you review your game, you look at the video and you pull out the things you need to get better at and the mis- takes that need to be cor- rected," said the coach. "You also pull out the things that we did well that we have to bring to the next game. And then you turn the page and prepare for the next game. That's why we have a lot of coaches and everybody has a job description. They do their job and we analyze a game and then prepare for the next one." And no doubt about it, the current stretch hasn't been much fun for the B's. Even when they've won, they've sometimes had to come from behind to do it. "It's frustrating because you keep digging yourself a hole and having to dig your- self out," said Julien. "We need to bear down and make the most of those opportuni- ties that we have early in the game." And attempting to battle back from behind is a very hard challenge in the NHL. "It's tough to play catch-up hockey in this league and that's what we've been doing a lot of the time -- way too much," explained Julien. "We're struggling with play- ing with the lead and creat- ing it. We have to pick up our pace and pick up our game." Goalie Tim Thomas, of course, now faces a much heavier workload now that Tuukka Rask is out with an injury. Going forward, newly acquired NHL veteran net- minder Marty Turco won't be eligible for the Stanley Cup playoffs, leaving the B's with the possibility of having to use their AHL goalies as backups in the first round of the second season. Thomas says the team go- ing through this tough stretch has its upside. When the team does well, like battling back after falling behind "shows our charac- ter. The great majority of the times that we do get down we do come back and make a game of it." But not always. When a loss occurs "you've just got to get over it," says Thomas. "You've got to move on. You don't dwell on the game, you try to learn from it. I try to look at my game and learn something and everybody else on the team should do the same. Approaching it that way, I think, is the best way." Defenseman Johnny Boy- chuk sees a problem -- not playing with the same intensity for the entire game. "You've just got to be ready," said Boychuk of the slow starts that have led to the B's falling behind. "It's just not acceptable given that we talk before the game about wanting a good start. We have to play the whole 60 minutes and if we do that there shouldn't be any problems." Boychuk added that "there's definitely fine tun- ing that can be done. The team is positive, even when we're behind. It's a confident group. We've been through a lot this season. Last season they showed they could face a lot of adversity and over- come it. It's just the dog days of the season now. We need to fine tune the game and find some consistency to continue putting points up on the board." He also feels that the best way to put a loss behind you (Continued on Page 13)