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Bruins Return to Form in Colorado

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins - The Boston Bruins defeated the Colorado Avalanche this afternoon 6-2 in the first game of a two-game western road swing.

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) makes a save against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Denver. The Bruins won 6-2. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Boston overcame an early one-goal deficit to control the pace of the game for the remainder of the night and pick up its 15th road win of the season.

Bruins rookie forward Brad Marchand had four points (2-2-4), including his fourth short handed goal of the season with an empty netter at 18:25 in the third.

“He keeps getting better all the time," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama after the game.

"He’s been a real good solider for us since day one.  You know our guys really like him and he brings a lot of energy to our hockey club and he competes hard every night,”

Marchand's fellow forwards Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, Milan Lucic and David Krejci all also had multiple point games in the Bruins bounce-back win.

Tonight was the 119th three-point game of Recchi’s career, while his line, which includes Marchand and Bergeron, recorded a total of 10 points, including three goals.

“Our forecheck was great and we’re very effective when we do that and we know that," said Recchi to NESN's cameras. "We create a lot of energy, and we create a lot of opportunities because of it.

“It's three guys on the same page and we work hard and we stay close together," added Recchi. "Marshy [Brad Marchand] made a heck of a play on my goal, and it was a great goal by Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] at the end to take the lead.

"So we just have to keep playing that way."

Boston was looking to return to winning form tonight after their 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in TD Garden on Thursday.

“We wanted to go out and play well, and we knew if we played well we were going to go out and get the win out of it," said Julien. "I thought our guys did a great job…you know it’s not easy to play in this area here with the thin air and our guys kept their shifts short and they kept there energy up."

The Bruins traveled to Los Angeles tonight where they will take on the LA Kings on Monday night for their final road game before the All-Star break.

---Hannah Becker
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