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Rolston: We'll get out of this together...

Friday, 03.16.2012 / 11:14 PM / Features
By John Bishop  -
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WILMINGTON, MA -- I the midst of a four-game losing streak, and after a three-hour flight from Florida, which was followed by an hour of practice in Wilmington, the Boston Bruins sounded like a club that was ready to get back to the ice for Saturday's matinee with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"That’s what we needed," said alternate captain Patrice Bergeron of the high tempo, battle-filled practice prescribed by Head Coach Claude Julien on Friday. "Obviously, we’re in a position right now where we need to be better, and to work on things and to regroup.

"Practice is very important in those big situations, and today was a good effort."

Veteran NHLer, and two-time Bruins forward, Brian Rolston, talked about the adjustments the Bruins made during the session, but didn't dwell on the details.

"Well, we know that we got a good team in here," said Rolston. "It’s a couple things we needed to adjust and just basically get back to it.

"A little better effort obviously, and we can turn things around quick. We have the talent in here, and we play a great system. I mean, we have all the key pieces, it’s just a matter of turning it around.

"It takes that one game, and it’s not going to be easy to get out of, but we plan on getting out of it," he said.

But how the B's "get out of it" might come down to how well the club returns to it's defensive roots during the last few games of the 2011-12 season.

"I think we’re a good, sound hockey team, especially in our own end and that hasn’t showed in the last couple of games," said alternate captain Chris Kelly. "Collectively, as a group, we all can be better in all aspects of the game, especially the D zone.

"Just little things, winning your one-on-one battles, and paying more attention to detail in your positioning. Minor things, but that go a long way to become major things."

Even before the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in OT and knocked the Bruins out of the Northeast Division lead and into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, Kelly said that he would be scoreboard watching.

"Yeah, I think if you ask anyone that 'doesn’t know' what the standings are, they’re lying to you," he said. "We know where we stand, and where other teams stand and all we can do is focus on ourselves and the games we have coming up."

Bergeron acknowledged that a B's turnaround has taken too long to occur.

"Obviously, we’d like to do it after one game," said Bergeron. "But right now it’s not happening.

"It’s about finding answers and not worrying about the four game losing streak. It’s about finding desperation, finding answers and working hard and giving everything we got every shift and coming out on top on every shift."

But Bergeron also acknowledged that turning things around against the the high-flying Flyers won't exactly be easy.

"Yeah, we’re playing a great team, but right now it’s about us," said Bergeron. "About what we do and what we bring to the table and the way we respond.

"It is a quick turnaround, and I think right now we need to I guess learn from what happened and not think about it, look forward, and take [Saturday's] game as the only thing in our minds right now."

And Rolston reminded the press that even though it starts with each Bruin playing their best shift to shift, it won't be just one player who will stop the B's slide.

"There’s plenty of guys in here that have experience and leadership in this dressing room, so it starts with individuals and the individual effort you’re going to put forward," said Rolston. "That’s what’s important -- you know everybody pulling on the rope, because it is a team thing.

"This organization’s always been about team, that’s how they won it last year and that’s how we’ll get out of this together." 




1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43


P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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