|Nashville Predators left wing Blake Geoffrion (5) is caught between Boston Bruins' Michael Ryder (73) and Chris Kelly (23) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) |
"Well that’s what were trying to do right now -- just refocus a little bit," said Julien. "I think there’s a lot of good things still going on, but as of late we’re taking some penalties at the wrong time of the game. We’ve also kind of done some good things, but shot ourselves in the foot with some of the decision-making.
"To me, a lot of it has been mental -- I think a little bit o mental fatigue as we move forward here -- so we’re going to try to rectify that and get ourselves better in that area.
"I think we’ve seen them and are talking about them," added Julien. "Those are things that are obviously easy to correct, so hopefully we start doing that tonight."
Tonight, local boy Tyler Seguin
is just one of the Bruins players who is excited to be back in Canada with the Bruins.
"Yeah, I got the opportunity to go home for a day and visit my aunts and go see my mom and my dad and my sisters, so it was fun," said Seguin, who has recently seen time on Chris Kelly
"I feel great. Kelly and [Rich Peverley
] are fast players and they move the puck really well and they have a lot of skill.
"It makes it pretty easy for me to slide in there."
As the B's get closer to the playoffs, Seguin said his task is simple.
"Right now it’s just pitching in [to] contribute as much as I can, whatever way it may be, to help the team; whether it’s shootouts or playing good defensively or just going to the goal and getting points or whatever it may be just to contribute."
Fellow forward Michael Ryder has returned to the fold and felt like he contributed on Thursday night.
"Yeah, I think I had seven shots on net," said Ryder. "I couldn’t find the back of the net, but if I keep doing that they’ll eventually go in for me.
"If I keep playing that way and try to help the team I think everything else will be good."
Ryder said his approach to the Maple Leafs game wouldn't change.
"I think pretty much the same thing I did last game," he said. "I got back in the lineup and skate well and when I do that things seem to happen for me so I just need to play my game and try and do the same thing.
"Well they’re playing for a playoff spot right now," added Ryder of the Leafs. "It’s pretty much do or die and I think every night for them, they come out hard.
"And they’ve played us tough all year, I think we need to set the tone early and…not give them time and space."
The Bruins have faced similar circumstances versus the Sabres, Islanders, Columbus and Nashville -- young teams trying to prove themselves against the Black & Gold. As a reslut, a kind playoff atmosphere has followed the B's around the four-game road swing.
"I think it’s good, every night it seems the team plays hard and…I think it’s good to get in that mind set now," said Ryder. "I think it’s better earlier than later.
"For us, I think that’s the thing we have to do is stay positive and continue with the good things we’re going right now."