Boston, MA --
|Lucic returned on Thursday.
The loss to Chicago on Thursday left a bad aftertaste. Now the Bruins look to take a bite out of the Big Apple when they face the New York Rangers this afternoon at the TD Garden.
Veteran goaltender Tim Thomas
, for one, is ready for the B’s to get back out on the ice to prove that the Bruins aren’t backing down despite injuries for several key players.
“If you have an excellent game, you want to keep the momentum going and if you come up off a loss, you want to get back in there and get a win and get a good taste back in your mouth,” he said.
After practice yesterday at the Ristuccia Memorial Arena, head coach Claude Julien explained that the B’s will focus on stepping up their game and working around obstacles instead of letting them dictate the outcome.
“You make some adjustments and obviously you have to be a little bit more cautious in what you give the other team in order to stay in the game,” he said. “We know it’s going to be tight games, we know it’s going to be a dog fight and at the same time, we’re going out West next week where it’s not an easy place to play so we’ve got our hands full.”
The Bruins last faced the Rangers Monday at Madison Square Garden, in a game that ended with two losses: the 3-2 final score, and forward Patrice Bergeron
for the next two weeks. Out with a broken thumb, he will spend the afternoon cheering on his teammates, who won’t accept anything less than the “W.” Milan Lucic
, who returned for the first time in 18 games on Thursday to battle the Blackhawks, knows injuries throughout the roster can be overcome by a team effort and a united front.
“It’s just another bump in road that we’re going to have to face as a team and we’re going to have to stick together through this,” Lucic said. “Everyone’s got to be on the same page and bring that work ethic that we need to take us over the top.”
Though it is still unclear who will be in net today for the B’s, Thomas got straight to the point when asked about the team’s plan for the afternoon.
“We’re going to have to keep it simple,” he said. “We need to win games [and] play every game like a road game, and stifle the other team’s offense and be opportunistic to get whatever goals we can.”