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Rejuvenated B's Head for the West Coast

Wednesday, 03.21.2012 / 9:05 AM ET / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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Rejuvenated B\'s Head for the West Coast
BostonBruins.com – After the Bruins lost four out of five games last February, they got away. First they visited the New York Islanders, then toured Canada (Ottawa Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and back to Ottawa) and returned home on a six-game winning streak – a trip that is often recognized as the turning point towards the team’s Stanley Cup run.

Looking at the team’s struggles in February and earlier this month – it appears as if the Bruins are poised for another momentum swinging trip, this time to the West Coast.

When the Bruins leave for San Jose on Wednesday, they’ll be riding the momentum of two home victories over the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I think it was important to get back on the right track before we went out there,” Bruins forward Gregory Campbell said. “It’s not going to get any easier for us. San Jose and LA are fighting for that eighth spot and the top spot in the division, and Anaheim always plays hard – I think they’re one of the hottest teams in NHL after Christmas or All-Star break.

“I think we gained a lot of confidence with two 60 minute efforts, 60-plus on Saturday, and hopefully that serves us well on the road trip.”

On the last road trip, there wasn’t much that served the Bruins well as they surrendered early leads and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins (5-2), the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-1) and the Florida Panthers (6-2).

But this trip, things will be different, according to Campbell.

“First and foremost our work ethic has been better,” the Bruins forward said. “We’ve been completing a lot harder, and we’ve been competing no matter the circumstances.

“We saw Philly tie it up late in the game Saturday, and I think we were a fragile group last week against Florida and Tampa and weren’t mentally strong enough to overcome those early goals. We could’ve folded and let that late goal effect us, but we kept working hard and picked up the extra point in shootout.”

The Bruins have also tightened up their defense around the net – most evident in Monday’s 8-0 victory over the Maple Leafs in which the Black & Gold allowed just 13 shots on net.

“We’ve been limiting the teams offensive chances and just being better defensively as a team, Campbell said. “That’s something that’s always benefitted us, to be stingy defensively. [Scoring] eight goals is few and far in between – we know the most important thing is to be a responsible, reliable team defensively heading into the last 10 games and the playoffs.”

That said, Campbell made it clear what the team wanted to accomplish on this trip.

“It’s fun to win,” he said. “And hopefully that continues.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
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