Whenever a team struggles, the head coach and general manager are usually the recipient of some criticism. Bruins head coach Claude Julien and GM Peter Chiarelli know that firsthand. But when a team succeeds, credit must be given.

While Chiarelli won't take the credit himself, he has been the architect behind the Bruins' Stanley Cup run. His bold decision-making has led to a number of transactions that have put the B's four wins away from their first Stanley Cup victory since 1972.

Chiarelli was the one who signed perennial Norris Trophy candidate Zdeno Chara to a long-term contract after arriving in Boston. He has since acquired the likes of Nathan Horton, Tomas Kaberle and many other impact players.

Teams are also defined by the trades that they don't make, and Chiarelli's decision to keep goaltender Tim Thomas in the offseason may have been his best decision yet.

Chiarelli spoke with NESN's Randy Scott, and praised his team for its recent success. He discussed Nathan Horton's development with the Bruins since his arrival, as well as Tim Thomas' historic playoff run.

To hear what Chiarelli had to say, check out the video above from NESN Daily.