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Bruins Look to Bounce Back

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- With 38 points, the eighth place Boston Bruins enter today's contest looking up at Atlanta (43 points) who are tied for 5th with Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

Atlanta Thrashers left wing Evander Kane, center, collides with Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) of Finland, after being checked by Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, right, during a shot in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, in Atlanta. The Thrashers won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
However, with a win and a Montreal Canadiens loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins would tie the Habs for first place in the Northeast Division and a share of the 3rd spot in the East.

Needless to say, this Christmas Eve-Eve's Bruins vs. Thrashers game is rife with facinating facets, with none being more important than both clubs entering the night having lost their previous game.

"Every game is important," said Boston Bruins Captain Zeno Chara. "We know we didn’t play out best last game.

"We had a few days to work on things, and obviously we want to come back and have a strong performance."

Coach Julien said that he'd like to have a win going into the NHL's Holiday Break (December 24-25).

"Well, it’d be nice just before Christmas and before heading on a road trip and feeling good about ourselves again," said Julien. "I think that’s the main thing and winning always seems to cure those kinds of situations.

"Again...a good effort would be nice to see [in order to] get rewarded against a pretty good team that’s been pretty good hockey lately."

The Thrashers have thrived under the tutalidge of former Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay, but Coach Julien didn't sound shocked.

"I haven’t seen him change much from what we did, and obviously he’s got [Tobias] Enstrom and [Dustin] Byfuglien and he’s got some guys in the back like [Zach] Bogosian and stuff like that that they’re D is carrying the puck a lot up the ice.

"[The Thrashers are] maybe built a little differently, but I think the concept is a lot the same as what we’ve tried to do here for the last few years."

Chara isn't shocked, either.

"Just tells you a guy like [Ramsay] just makes such a big difference for that hockey club," said the blueliner. "He brought such an energy and the vision into that organization that he’s such a respected guy and coach, that everybody is following his lead."

Julien hopes that the Bruins follow their own, traditional, lead.

"Well, that’s the two things we really feel we needed to get better at is our battle and putting more emotion into our game," he said. "At the same time, today was about our transition game and getting some speed and getting a better attack, and hopefully those two combined together, if we can do it well, will give us the results we want."
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