|Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, center, and Jamie McBain (4) defend as Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (22) looks to shoot during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. Hurricanes' Joni Pitkanen, of Finland, defends at left. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) |
Now that the season is over halfway through, the team is preparing for the final grind and the race for the playoffs.
Coming in to tonight’s match-up with the Sabres the Bruins sit on top of the Northeast Division and are tied with the Tampa Bay Lightning for second in the Eastern Conference. Boston has accumulated 59 points (26-13-7) through 47 games and is only six points behind the conference leading Philadelphia Flyers.
Despite their recent successes and climb up the rankings, the Bruins are keeping their heads down and focusing on the upcoming grind.
“We’ve been playing well of late,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton
. “I don’t look at the standings all that much, if ever… I think everyone here tries to focus on what we have here and approaching each game the same way.”
Although the B’s won’t be looking, Bruins fans may want to take a sneak at the out of town scoreboard throughout the night as seven of the top eight teams in the conference all have games.
“We look at it a little bit I guess, but first and fore most we gotta look at our performance, the way we perform on the ice,” said Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
. “As long as we keep winning I mean everything takes care of itself and hopefully we do that the next four games.”
In TD Garden tonight though, the focus will all be on the Black & Gold.
“I think if we take care of what we have in this room I think more times than not we’re going to be successful, so I think that’s where our focus is,” Thornton said.---Hannah Becker