RALEIGH, NC -- Rich Peverley
said the same competitive nature that has elevated his game since he's donned Black & Gold will be the salvation for the Boston Bruins as they go into Wednesday's action versus the Carolina Hurricanes looking to even their season record.
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"I think the competition level in the dressing room is pretty high," said Peverley, who signed a three year contract extension on Tuesday before the Bruins left for a brief two-game road trip to Carolina and Chicago.
"We have so many guys competing for minutes, competing for spots. It pushes you as an individual but at the same time collectively pushes everybody to become a better team.
"You can see it today, I don't think we were very happy with our game yesterday and it was pretty competitive out there [at Tuesday's practice] so we really want to get better."
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli is hoping to see that competitive attitude against Carolina as he wasn't very happy about his club's performance on Monday against Colorado.
"Well, it's been up and down," said Chiarelli in assessment of his team's play to start the year. "I liked our second game obviously.
"I thought we were aggressive, we were pushing the puck, we were creating chances. I didn't like our battle level in the third game and the first game - you know, I really don't know how to digest the first game so I'm not going to try. I mean, that was a tough one with the ceremony and all the stuff going on and just the emotions.
"But the last game I didn't like the battle level so we're seeing more battle drills out there [at practice] and the guys have to step that up."
Chiarelli said that the B's will have to get used to the fact that the spoked-B on their chests is a very big target.
"Yeah, I mean, that's going to be there," said Chiarelli. "That's the main challenge for them all year...[because] every team's going to be up for us. Every team.
"And that's a hard working team [in Colorado]. They're a young team but they didn't stop skating.
"And whenever in the past we've played Stanley Cup champions it's been like that," added the GM. "You want to knock them out."
Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said he sees a similar hunger in the Hurricanes.
"They've got some good young players," he said. "They're a team with a lot of energy, good speed.
"But for me, we can talk about other teams all we want, it really is about understanding that we're probably going to see their best.
"They're looking for their first win, so they're probably a very desperate team and hopefully we're a very desperate team...that wants to play a little bit better than we did the last game."