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The Bruins haven't been getting nearly as much attention as Boston's other teams, but they're doing their best to change that.
The Bruins will try to remain undefeated at home Saturday when they face the Philadelphia Flyers.
Boston (6-3-0) played its last game, Thursday's 3-1 win over Chicago, in front of a home crowd that didn't even fill up half of the TD Banknorth Garden. The game occurred on the same night as the Red Sox's win over Colorado at Fenway Park in Game 2 of the World Series and undefeated Boston College's victory over Virginia Tech.
"Once the Red Sox win the World Series, hopefully we will have enough wins behind us that those fans will want to come watch us," first-year Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
With the Red Sox going for a championship, Boston College ranked No. 2 in the country and the NFL's New England Patriots undefeated, not to mention the hype surrounding Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joining the Celtics, the Bruins have gotten lost in the shuffle in Boston. However, the Bruins might not be forgotten for much longer, having won five of their last six games and going 3-0 at home.
"It was tough for the guys to get into it," forward Marc Savard said Thursday. "We know everybody is watching the Sox and we are going to do the same, but we had to create our own energy."
The Bruins even moved back the start time of Saturday's game three hours to 4:00 p.m. EDT, so it wouldn't conflict with Game 3 of the World Series.
"Being able to watch the Bruins on Saturday afternoon without missing a pitch of Game 3 is a win-win situation for everyone involved," Bruins executive vice president Charlie Jacobs said.
Phil Kessel gave Boston fans a reason to watch the Bruins on Thursday. The 20-year-old right wing stole the show from young Chicago phenoms Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, scoring twice in the second period. Kessel has five goals this season after scoring just 11 in 70 games as a rookie in 2006-07.
Another Bruins youngster, goalie Tim Thomas, made 26 saves to improve to 4-1 with a 1.20 goals-against average.
"It looks like he is under control more," defenseman Andrew Alberts said of the 23-year-old Thomas. "He is more composed than last year and with our defensive system, he knows where the shots are coming from."
The Bruins now go up against a Flyers squad that is 0-2 on an eight-game road trip. Philadelphia (6-3-0) started the season 6-1 and entered the trip on a five-game winning streak, but has been outscored 9-5 over the last two contests.
"We've got to regroup," coach John Stevens said. "There's no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We knew it was going to be tough going on the road, playing teams that are fighting and scratching to get off to a good start."
Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble scored in Thursday's 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay.
Simon Gagne, who has four goals and four assists, did not play after getting hit in the head by a shot in Wednesday's 4-3 loss at Florida. Though he could have a concussion, Gagne said he hopes to return against the Bruins.
"It's the type of injury that you don't know what you're dealing with," he said. "It might take one day, two days or a week, but hopefully it's going to be quicker. But personally I think I will be all right for the weekend."