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B's Look to Carry Over Momentum

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – When the Bruins visit the Sabres at the First Niagara Center tonight, it’d be safe to assume that the Black & Gold’s 6-0 loss suffered earlier this month to Buffalo would be brought back to mind.

But according to Head Coach Claude Julien, the B's attention is focused on a more recent memory and towards replicating the dominant effort that was displayed in their 4-2 in over the St. Louis Blues.

“If we want to get ourselves going in the right direction, it’s to be able to follow up with another type of effort like we had [Wednesday] and will hopefully give us a little bit of momentum and confidence and moving forward,” Julien said. “[Wednesday] was a great win – a great effort.

“And now we have to follow up with another one and hopefully that feeling will be back there again [tonight] in the dressing room and we’ll want to duplicate that effort.”

The last time the two teams faced off, the Bruins out-shot the Sabres 36-29, but it was Buffalo who got more quality opportunities, while goaltender Ryan Miller made every save.

But the Bruins (36-20-2) have found a rejuvenated line in the form of Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly and David Krejci, which will be looking to contribute some offensive production tonight as they did in St. Louis.

Against the Blues, Lucic and Kelly registered a goal and an assist each, while Krejci actively disrupted plays on the back check and created opportunities.

“[Kelly and Lucic] were reading off each other extremely well and that’s what smart players do,” Julien said. “There were times he was the low guy in our end or he was in the middle, and Kells would take the wing.

"I thought those guys did a great job reading off each other and Luch played his side of the ice and played it well. That’s why our line had success.”

The Sabres always play the Bruins tough, and the goals will come at a premium against Miller.

Although the Bruins have won two of the first three games of the season series, the Sabres (26-27-7) are the only team the B’s have never won a season series against and Julien doesn’t expect it to be any easier tonight.

“I think we’re certainly battling to get some consistency back in our game and they’re playing a lot better as of late,” he said. “No doubt it’s going to be a good game.”

--- Anthony Gulizia
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