“We wanted to have a good practice,” Bruins captain Zeno Chara said. “It was one of those days we had good battles, good drills, a lot of jump.
"And, obviously, everybody took the practice very seriously.”
The B’s went 1-2-1 on the trip that included stops in Western Conference cities Nashville and Columbus as well as the Island and Toronto.
“We’re in this together now,” Bruins forward Mark Recchi said. “We’ve had a tough stretch and we had a tough stretch of travel the last month and a half.”
Despite the recent slump, the Bruins have no qualms about the team’s ability to turn their performance around and get back on track with the last 11 games of the season.
“I think this last 11 games will be very good for our hockey club, and I think we’ll be fine,” Recchi continued.
“I’m looking at the big picture and I know that the guys care in here and the guys want to win.
"We’ll get our focus and regain it.”
I'm looking at the big picture and I know that the guys care in here and the guys want to win. We'll get our focus and regain it. - Mark Recchi
Recently, the team has fallen victim to mental errors that are uncharacteristic of the squad, but Chara believes the B’s will quickly get their heads back into the game and be able to eliminate such mistakes.
“There are some mental breakdowns, some mistakes we’re making that are uncharacteristic for this team,” Chara said.
“We need to correct them and, for sure, we need to be more sharp and more aware of where the puck is, where the opposition is.
"We are working hard, but now maybe as smart so we just need to be a little more focused.”
The B’s will have to turn things around at home, where they are 16-12-5 and will play eight of their remaining games.
The Bruins want to improve their home performance as they head into the playoffs, where home ice can be a key advantage.
“We know we have to be better at home. We have a great crowd here and we just have to stay with it,” Recchi said.
“Sometimes for whatever reason, we haven’t been as sharp at home, but we’ve also played some great games at home.
“We know we can do it.”