|Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, left, reaches for the puck next to Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic, as Kings goalie Jonathan Quick looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) |
Although the team may be excited for the four days off to visit family and prepare for the final grind of the season, the B's are also staying focused on tonight’s match-up.
“You want to go into every break feeling good about yourselves and you know we definitely can’t look past this one,” said forward Milan Lucic
The Panthers (22-21-5) will be a tough opponent for Boston, as the Black & Gold look to pick up another two points before the break.
“They had a big one last night in New York and…definitely it’s gonna be a good hard-fought battle tonight,” Lucic said.
Despite their 2-0 setback in Los Angeles on Monday night, the Bruins have been playing well as of late and have a 6-3-1 record in their last ten contests.
“As a group we’ve been playing to our game plan, we’ve been executing the game plan a lot better…and it seems like all the guys have committed to getting in there and doing their part to help the team win,” Lucic said.
“So when we’re doing that we’re getting points and we’re winning hockey games so we need to keep doing that.”
Coming into tonight’s game the B’s sit first in the Northeast Division with 61 points, good for third in the Eastern Conference, and are two points ahead of the Montreal Canadians.
Montreal doesn’t play tonight, giving the Bruins the possibility of heading into the break with a four-point lead over their division opponents with a win.
“Philadelphia beat Montreal last night, so this is an opportunity for us to keep moving up and keep building that gap between us and them,” Lucic said. ---Hannah Becker