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Slovakian Sidekicks Aim for Ducks

Chara helped Satan settle in.

Wednesday, 01.13.2010 / 1:08 AM ET / Features
By Samantha Wood  - BostonBruins.com
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Slovakian Sidekicks Aim for Ducks
BostonBruins.com -- Longtime friends, Slovakia natives and now Bruins teammates, Zdeno Chara and forward Miroslav Satan, practiced today on the West Coast with the rest of the B’s, in preparation for tomorrow’s battle against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks have been a hot streak lately, winning their last four games, including an big victory over the intimidating Chicago Blackhawks.

Despite the Ducks momentum, however, the Slovakian Olympic teammates are confident that the Bruins can snap their two game  own losing streak.

“It’s a team which is hard right now and for us I think we just have to not look at the whole game and just look at each shift and try to do something positive out there,” Satan said. “If we do that, overall I think the game will take care of itself.”

Defenseman Zdeno Chara echoed his friend’s expectations, boiling down the B's strategy to the simplest principles.

“We’ve got to make sure that we have to focus for 60 minutes and be really taking each game by single periods,” he said. “We have to get ready for tomorrow for the first 20 and then take it from there.”

This will be only Satan’s fourth game in a Bruins jersey, but he insists he already feels at home.

“I didn’t know how everything would feel, but I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised that my legs feel fine and I think every game is getting better for me and I would say I’m adjusting pretty quickly,” he said.

Satan was added to the roster only a little over a week ago and has settled comfortably into the lineup. Previously, he had spent the first half of the season on the free agent market, and had last played for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their Stanley Cup victory in 2009.

Originally thought to have up to 10 days to adjust before his first game, injuries pushed his Bruins debut up -- way up -- to the Jan. 5 game against Ottawa, which the B’s won 4-1; just two days after his signing with Boston.

The veteran right wing cited a welcoming Bruins locker room and his close friend in Chara as the major reasons why he’s made such a graceful transition.

As the friends enjoy their second road trip, they remained focused on the Ducks game ahead and what they can do to help the B’s get their stretch in California off to a sunny start.

“We don’t expect anything less than [the Ducks] best, so we know what they are capable of,” Chara said. “They have extremely talented personnel on their team and we just have to worry about what’s going to be happening on our side.”

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