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B's Look for a Better Start in Sunrise

First period deficits continue to create problems for Boston

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 8:26 AM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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B\'s Look for a Better Start in Sunrise
SUNRISE, FL -- There's no secret about the issue that's dogging the Bruins right now and when Milan Lucic was asked about the B's first period in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, he immediately hung a hat on the problem.

"Obviously, our starts aren’t really the best right now," said Lucic. "You look at our past couple of games...we get down 2-0 against the Capitals, 3-0 in Pittsburgh, and 3-0 last night, even 4-0 after the first.

"We have to do a better job getting ourselves ready prior to the game – and having that killer instinct to get the first goal.

"I think it has to start somewhere and it starts there," said Lucic.

Lucic agreed with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who on Tuesday told reporters that the B's needed to get angry when the other team scores.

"Yeah, I think so," said Lucic. "I mean, I think you look at our last few games, I thought our second periods were pretty good.

"But I think what Zee said is that it’s getting mad after that first one, and not letting the second or third one go in.

"I definitely think it’s up to us to respond and get ourselves back in it sooner than later - before a hole is too big to dig ourselves out of," he said.

The B's now need to watch the standings, too. And although the Bruins maintain two games in hand, Ottawa continues to pick away at the Bruins lead in the Northeast Divsion and now stand just one point behind Boston for home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

So now, while it's important for the B's top players to help put the B's back on track, it's more imporatant for Boston to step up as a team.

"I think we’re at our best when we step up as a unit and all 20 guys are going and it’s up to everyone to do their job and get the team going," said Lucic. "It’s not like we’re not trying, it’s not from a lack of effort.

"I think our sharpness has to go up a bit, and so does our sense of urgency.

"It’s that time of the season where we have only 13 games left, and the season can wear at you at this point, but we have to do whatever we can to get that rest and find that second win where we can finish off where we want to," he said.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
5 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 62 18 27 5 45
L. Eriksson 62 15 21 3 36
B. Marchand 58 19 16 9 35
M. Lucic 62 14 21 12 35
R. Smith 63 12 23 12 35
D. Hamilton 63 10 25 1 35
C. Soderberg 63 10 25 7 35
T. Krug 59 11 20 8 31
C. Kelly 61 7 20 9 27
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 10 .920 2.35
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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