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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 ET / 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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
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3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
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T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
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