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B’s Lose Streak, but Keep Mindset

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Although the B’s 10-game win-streak was snapped in a heartbreaker against the Detroit Red Wings yesterday afternoon, they are still able to take plenty away from the spectacular run. 

The Black & Gold’s recent success has moved them into fifth place in the Eastern Conference, but more importantly has helped them re-learn how to mentally approach the game.

“I think we’ve taken it one game at a time,” said right wing Shawn Thornton. "Just take the task at hand and try and make the most of it.”

Boston has been focusing on making the most of each game, not their recent climb in the standings. 

“It’s just let’s focus on tonight,” explained Thornton.

Thornton’s linemates agreed on putting the past behind them, even if it is a 10 consecutive wins.

“Once we get into the games I think we completely forget about it,” added left wing Daniel Paille.

Paille feels that this collective attitude has helped the B’s focus on what’s happening on the ice, which leads to them being more in-sync.

“It seems like the chemistry is coming a lot better,” he said when comparing now to their early-season struggles. “It started a little bit slow, but it's nice to come around.”

Center Patrice Bergeron attested to this as he has found chemistry with his wingers Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin.

“We’re more in-sync as a line,” said the alternate captain. “We’re always kind of reading each other a lot more, a lot better.

"That’s what’s been giving us the success that we’ve been having right now.”

The success they’ve been having right now has also sprung from playing with urgency while still sticking to their game.

“I think every game for the last little bit we’ve been playing with a lot of intensity and a lot of confidence,” added Thornton, who has also seen that when the B’s can’t find their confidence and intensity at the opening face-off, they have been able to regain their composure despite falling behind a goal or two.

“Down by one you don’t see a sense of panic at all. It’s let’s keep working to get through and try and get the next one," explained the forward.

The Bruins look to carry this mindset forward as the Winnipeg Jets come to town for Boston 22nd game of the season.

---John Griffin
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