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B's Can’t Dwell on the Dense Schedule

by John Griffin / Boston Bruins — Saturday night's tilt with the Blue Jackets in Columbus will mark the Bruins fifth game in eight days.

But the Black & Gold aren’t using a crowded schedule as an excuse to let down.

“This is just something in the schedule that every team has to overcome,” explained Head Coach Claude Julien. "We’re in that situation right now."

Although Tyler Seguin has only been in the league less than two full seasons, the sophomore forward understands that the B’s game-heavy stretch of games is just part of being a professional.

“We know we’re playing four games in however many nights,” he said. ”We knew that coming into these last few games before Christmas.”

In the beginning of the season the Bruins played multiple opponents who were in the midst of a similar stretch — now the roles are reversed.

“You don’t use excuses in this league,” said Julien. "Sometimes you’ll be playing a team that’s played five in eight."

Having been in the NHL for eight seasons, Chris Kelly has found he actually likes these stretches more than when games are spread out.

“We’re fortunate to have a few days off in between games in the first part of the season, but personally I prefer this, “he explained. “You get more of a roll.

“You get a game, day off, game - it’s kind of like the playoffs.”

According to Seguin, the playoff-like schedule hasn’t thrown the B’s off track.

“Everyone’s staying sharp and focused,” said the wing. “We’ve got to get ready for them and I think we’ve done a good job.”

Seguin looks for the B’s to continue keeping their focus on Saturday night, only this time come away with two points.

“We’ve just got to get some wins now.”
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