Bruce Cassidy's “No BS” team meeting sparked Bruins' rout of Canadiens


Rather than make excuses, Bruce Cassidy decided to make a statement.

Following back-to-back losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Bruins head coach called his team in for a 10-minute meeting Monday morning in Montreal before its game against the Canadiens, according to The Athletic's Joe McDonald.

"It was no bulls---," one Bruins player told McDonald about the meeting, which another teammate described as "bold" and "(having) a purpose."

Cassidy's message apparently was simple. From McDonald:

Cassidy didn’t call out any individuals. It was simply a matter of “this is what we need to do in order to win.” The message was to start with a better checking game. Play with a purpose. Be accountable. To a man, the Bruins responded.

The Bruins responded and then some, thrashing the Canadiens 4-0 in the club's largest shutout win in Montreal since 1974.

Team meetings are rare and sometimes can fall on deaf ears if the timing is wrong, but Cassidy is 2-for-2 this month: He also held a meeting on Dec. 8 that resulted in a 6-3 stomping of the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden, per McDonald.

Monday's win certainly was a morale booster for the undermanned B's, who still are without team leaders Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara in addition to forward Jake DeBrusk and defenseman Kevan Miller.

Perhaps Cassidy felt the need to instill his own leadership in the absence of Bergeron and Chara. He seemed to accomplish that goal, as Boston moved past the Habs into fourth place in the Atlantic Division despite its injuries.

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