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John Beecher's reaction following his benching


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Christopher Faucher
December 5, 2023  (8:46 PM)
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John Beecher, the mainstay of the center position, didn't take up his usual role in Boston's fourth line during Saturday's overtime triumph against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead, Beecher had to witness the Bruins' thrilling 4-3 away win from upstairs, as head coach Jim Montgomery opted to bench the young center for the first time this season.

Despite having shown improved offensive output with three goals in six recent games, Beecher accepted the temporary removal calmly, seeing it as an opportunity to reset and concentrate on meeting the Bruins' expectations for his performance on the ice.
"I had a meeting with Monty," Beecher said to the Boston's Herald Steve Conroy. "He just kind of called me in and asked me how I thought I'd been playing. And I just said there really hasn't been anything too fantastic going on, not playing the game fast enough. And he just said that I needed to be harder to play against, more detailed, more physical, just playing a more well-rounded game. I wasn't too shocked at the end of the day. I hadn't been playing up to the standards they have for me and the standards I have for myself. Obviously, I want to be better and these guys deserve my best."

"At the end of the day, they just wanted me to watch a game, see it from above, see what it takes to be a hard player to play against, watching (Charlie) Coyle, (Danton) Heinen, (Brad Marchand), guys that very rarely lose puck battles. They're always in the right spots. And just had to take it as a learning curve and move forward."

Beecher aims to bounce back, beginning with the Bruins' home game against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Thursday night.
Source: NESN
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