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B's Want to Bring Success on the Road

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Bruins have tallied a league-best 10-3 road record through the 2011 season, and they will be tested again when they play the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at the Arena in Arizona.

Sure, the B’s have played slightly less games away from home than most teams have, but the schedule will get tougher when January rolls around.

But for defenseman Andrew Ference, it doesn’t make much difference to him where his team is playing, as long as the Bruins keep it simple.

“When we’re playing well, we just don’t complicate it and don’t really worry about putting on much of a show,” Ference said during the B's pregame press availability. “I don’t see a huge difference between home and away with preparation and all that.

"I think consistency helps us – we do the same thing at home as we do on the road, and we play the same style, at least when we’re doing what were supposed to do, and that helps us out.”

There is no question the Bruins are playing well, as they’ve won 20 of their last 23 games (at a 20-2-1 clip). But they’ll be tested tonight when they play Phoenix, a team they generally see no more than once a year.

Although the teams don’t square off often, Ference stressed the importance of not over-analyzing the game film.

“It’s another team that works hard – the teams aren’t that completely different from each other,” Ference said. “Everybody’s working hard, everybody’s got good systems in place.

"The focus from game-to-game isn’t so much about what a team does differently from another, it’s expecting their best, and expecting a hard game and that’s what we’ve been getting all season.

"We obviously look at them, but we don’t dissect them to the point where we’re changing our game plan.”

Seguin smiles as he shuns sophomore slump
It’s been an uneven year for sophomore forward Tyler Seguin, and although he has eclipsed his rookie scoring totals and leads the Bruins with 31 points, his name hasn't always made its way on the score sheet.

Three times this year, Seguin went consecutive games without a point, but the highly skilled forward has found ways to work his way through it, and used the three-day holiday break to regain his focus.

“I’ve heard many times, and said many times a lot of young players, sophomores I hear, have a difficult time finding consistency in their game,” Seguin said. “I think for me, I started getting frustrated for myself and not really getting back to where the basics of my strengths to my game were. I think if I focus on that and I focus on my defensive zone, that’s all people can really ask of me and all I can ask of myself.”

But no matter how the 19-year old is performing, he always makes sure he has a smile on his face and keep spirit up around the locker room.

“I’m the young guy so I’m not allowed to come to the rink tired. Today, even Thorty [Shawn Thornton] made me mix in a coffee so I was really smiley today,” Seguin said. “Even if I’m having a bad few games, I feel like I’m good at keeping it away from the dressing room or the rink.

"I usually keep that selfish stuff for when I’m in my car after the game, getting mad at myself at how I played – but I always keep a smile.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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