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B's Say Everyone Can Be Better

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston's three alternate captains spoke to the press after the B's video session on Sunday. The subject was not pleasant, but the Bruins leadership group made sure that New England's hockey press understood how seriously their October swoon is being taken in the Black & Gold locker room.

"I think everybody is just determined to get back to playing up to our standard that we’ve set for ourselves," said Andrew Ference. "Whether it’s individually or as a team, we know we have a lot more to offer, so I think it’s just a matter of knowing where that bar is and how to get back to it.

"[There's] lots of cleaning up to do."

Looking at the B's place in the standings is certainly painful for the 2011 Stanley Cup champs.

"Obviously we can’t be happy with the record," said Patrice Bergeron. "We don’t want to feel sorry for ourselves and we know that we put ourselves in this situation and we have to get out of it.

"It’s about being desperate to find some urgency to do it. We’re not happy with it, but that being said we’ve got to find a way to get out of it and to work through it and it’s not going to happen overnight

"It’s a process where you have to work at it and realize that we can all be better."

So, that process includes a healthy gander in the mirror and a big dose of hard work in Wilmington.

"Well I think you just have to work your way through things like this," said Chris Kelly. "It always seems that at one point in the year you do struggle, unfortunately it’s at the start at the season for us.

"I think we just have to get back to what’s made us successful and make sure we’re working every day."

Personal accountability is an important part of that work.

"I think everyone knows what they’re capable of and knows their role on the team," said Kelly. "We are pretty fortunate to have most of the guys back from last year and...I think everyone can be better and everyone knows that and everybody can bring a little bit more each and every night.

"If that happens, then hopefully the success will come."

Consistency is what Kelly is working on, personally.

"I think as a player, you want to be at your best each and every night," said Kelly. "I think like a lot of other guys, I can be much better each and every night in all aspects of the game.

"I think if each guy takes that approach, things can be a lot better for us."

Ference is looking for a hearty dose of determination.

"It’s not like people are all scattered about thinking one thing or another, everybody just wants to get it back to what we expect about ourselves and that’s not unreasonable," said the defenseman. "We have an expectation but it’s a realistic one because we’ve been there before.

"More than anything, it’s just pretty strong determination. It’s like being on the ice -- you get too emotional about it -- and I think you have to approach it in a very mature way to get a good understanding of where you need to be.

"You have to have a good head on you."

A bunch of "good heads" -- approximately 20 -- will be needed against a streaking and hungry Ottawa Senators club on Tuesday night.

"It’s going to be a tough challenge for us. It’s a good challenge; we need a challenge," said Bergeron. "We’ve got to find a way to get out of it and Tuesday’s game should be our only focus right now.

"It’s about making sure we come out on top."
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