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B's Prepare for Thrashers

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Bruins look to continue their winning ways on the road against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight. 

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) celebrates with teammates, including Gregory Campbell (11) and Shawn Thornton (22), after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
The game will be the third in a five game road trip for Boston and mark the second time the two teams have squared off in the past week. 

“I think this road trip is huge for us to start off after Christmas and we have five games and we got two behind us now, two big wins, and we gotta make sure we keep pushing forward,” said Bruins forward Michael Ryder.

The B’s defeated Atlanta 4-1 in TD Garden last Thursday on the back of two goals from Bruins winger Shawn Thornton.  

“It’s going to be a battle, you know we gave them a good game last game and I know they’re gonna want some revenge for that and so it’s going to be very hard fought game,” said Bruins forward Brad Marchand

The previous match-up between the two teams featured a line brawl towards the end of the third period that saw 15 penalties handed out between the two teams.  

Despite the attention last week’s brawl has drawn to tonight’s game, Julien’s attention is on what the game tonight means for Boston in the midst of their road swing. 

“We’re off to a good start on this road trip and we want to keep it going so it’s not so much about what happened last game,” he said. “That five-on-five brawl at the end has nothing to do with it, it has to do with us playing the way he have been lately and playing hard and winning a hockey game.”

Since the last time the two teams faced each other the Black & Gold have taken over first place in the Northeast Division, riding a three game win streak that started against the Thrashers last Thursday.

---Hannah Becker
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