“Not the way we wanted to start the game [Thursday], I thought they dictated the pace for most of the game and we were just holding on,” Bruins forward Chris Kelly
said. “The score might’ve been close, but I think the play spoke differently.
"I know we have to come out and have a better effort [tonight]."
The Kings (37-25-12, 86 points) have won eight of their last 10 games, and have won six straight – the most recent being a 1-0 shootout victory over the league-leading St. Louis Blues.
“They’re on a winning streak, so for us it’s just going to be key – they don’t get too many goals against, so it’s going to be similar to San Jose,” Bruins forward Daniel Paille
said. “They’re going to tighten up, so we have to be ready for them.”
Forward Tyler Seguin
said that the Bruins (42-28-3) 17-shot effort against the Sharks on Thursday was tough to move on from, but with two more games on the road trip, there isn’t any time to dwell on it.
“It’s still kind of stinging so hopefully we can move on and we can get ready for L.A.,” Seguin said. “Obviously it was a tough one, but these are big points here, this is a big road trip for us. [There’s] three games out here, so hopefully we get the next two.”
Much like the Bruins, the Kings are battling to secure their spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.
In the jam-packed Pacific division, the Kings and Phoenix Coyotes both have 86 points, but L.A. has the advantage with the tiebreaker. The Dallas Stars and the Sharks are third and fourth, with 85 and 84 points, respectively, leaving San Jose just one point out of the top eight in the Western conference.
Meanwhile, the Bruins are fending off the Ottawa Senators, who are just three points behind the Black & Gold.
“It’s tough – they’re fighting for a spot right now and it’s just a matter of playing better than we did in San Jose because we didn’t really show up,” Bruins forward Benoit Pouliot
said. “They’re a team trying to find a spot in the playoffs and we just have to bring our own game and we’ll be fine.”