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B's Remember First Two Tilts With Carolina

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The last time the Boston Bruins were in the RBC Center, it wasn’t pretty. The Black & Gold lost to the Hurricanes, 3-2, to drop three of their four first games of the season. 

Just three days later at the TD Garden Carolina dealt the Bruins a 4-1 loss.

For Dennis Seidenberg, that’s all the incentive he’ll need for tonight.

“When you walk in [to the RBC Center], you always remember the last game,” Seidenberg said. “Losing against a team helps – it definitely helps us get motivated and get ready

"We expect a hard working team. They come off a 5-2 win [in their] last game [against Tampa Bay] and we all know how we played the two games we played against them.”

Carolina is 4-1-1 in its last six home games, and Jiri Tlusty and Eric Staal combined for six points in Thursday’s win over the Lightning.

“The coaching staff knows which players are hot, which are not,” defenseman Joe Corvo said. “That’s basically the line our top two D men get paired against.

"It’s the same approach every game, and who ever is playing well on their team will get the shutdown line.”

Corvo played three seasons for Carolina from 2007-10 before being traded to the Capitals for the end of the 2009 season. The B’s blue-liner returned to Carolina and played in all 82 games last season before joining the Bruins, and he expects his former team to play strong.

“They work extremely hard,”  Corvo said. “It’s never an easy game against them and we’re not expecting that. We’ll get hit a lot, and have to move our feet.”

It’s safe to say the last time the two teams met, the circumstances were slightly different.

The Bruins were amidst a 3-7 October start, and have since cruised to the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.

The difference between then and now, according to Seidenberg, is confidence.

“We knew at the beginning that we had it,” Seidenberg said. “But we just didn’t put it on the ice.”
 ---Anthony Gulizia
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