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B's Up for Original Six Foe

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Bruins face Toronto tonight for an "Original Six" match-up in the final game of their current five game road swing.

Boston Bruins left wing Mark Recchi, right, celebrates with teammate Michael Ryder after scoring 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)
With a win, Boston could finish the trip receiving 8 out of a possible 10 points.

“It’ll be a really successful road trip with the win tomorrow,” B’s Forward Shawn Thornton said after yesterdays practice.  

“So our focus is going to be coming in tomorrow and coming out hard at the start and try and get the two points. “ 

The Maple Leafs are a division foe, currently sitting fifth in the Northeast Division standings. Despite Toronto’s struggles the B’s are prepared for a tough divisional battle. 

“They had a big one [Saturday] and we expect they’ll be confident, they skate well and we’re gonna have to be ready to play,” said Bruins Assistant Captain Mark Recchi. 

“Obviously they’re gonna be playing with a lot of confidence, it’s always a tough game so in Toronto they have such a young and speedy team so we have to be at our best, that’s for sure,” Defenseman Zdeno Chara said. 

The Black & Gold are looking to rebound from their 7-6 shootout loss to Buffalo, another divisional opponent, on Saturday.

“I think you know especially in your division you want to win those kind of games and [Saturday] night was a game where we picked up one when we felt we should have picked up two but you know you gotta start winning those games,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said yesterday. 

Boston’s focus is on the positives and the momentum and divisional lead they’ve been able to gain from the extended road trip. 

“I think obviously it’s important, but you know they’re four points games and when you have teams like Buffalo that are below you, you know you want to keep them down,” Recchi said after practice yesterday. 

“At the same time we extended our lead on Montreal and our division lead with the point, so it got us two points up with two games in hand still.

“We knows what’s going on and we know the importance but right now we’re just focusing on us playing well and us getting through you know continuing the process of getting to be a real good team.”

---Hannah Becker
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