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B's Work Through Ups-and-Downs

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
En Route -- After this morning's practice at Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien talked about his club's four-game winless streak and how he hopes the B's handle the ups-and-downs of the season as they enter the final stretch of the 2010-11 campaign.

"You know it’s ever easy, but at the same time you understand it’s part of the game," said Julien. "I think that’s where you have to not panic and keep your composure and try and get your team back on track.

"We’ve seen it go [on] throughout the whole league and it’s something that, every year, every team goes through.

"So right now we’re on a four game winless streak and we have to turn this around -- hopefully on this road trip," added Julien. "It’s going to be a good challenge for us but maybe that’s what we need this time of year."

Julien was asked to pinpoint any particular issues that his Bruins had faced over in the past few games.

"I think I just find that the other teams are playing with the puck more than they should," said the B's bench boss. "You’re not going to win too many games if the other team plays with it more.

"And from our point of view, our scoring chances, a lot of them we’re getting on the rush, but we haven’t had the same pressure in the offensive zone as we have in the past."

That seems simple and so does the solution.

"You get a scoring chance and then the other team takes the puck back in your own end," explained Julien. "I think in our own end we need to compete a little harder to get that puck back.

"There’s been way to much time in our own end and that’s pretty basic, but that’s what it is. You want to spend more time with the puck and you want to spend it in the offensive end, not in your defensive zone, defending all the time."

The B's reputation as road warriors is well known and Julien talked about that aspect of the club's personality, as well.

"We’ve been keeping our game maybe a little more simple and based ourselves more on our work ethic than at home," said Julien, who also said that in TD Garden the B's were "trying to be a little too fancy at times.

"I guess [those are things] you have to rectify before the end of the season, heading into the playoffs," he said. "You want to make sure your game is as consistent at home as it is on the road."

Hnidy, Ference & Kampfer On the Mend
Defensemen Zdeno Chara, Shane Hnidy, Andrew Ference and Steve Kampfer all skated today. Chara returned from flu-like symptoms, while Hnidy, Ference and Kampfer continue to work toward a return to the lineup from injury.

"They’re, all three of they are coming on the trip," said Julien. "As you know, Hnidy is not available yet.

"Kampfer and Ference will probably be decisions as we move forward here.

"If Kampfer feels good then he’s going to be cleared and same thing with Ference. But right now I don’t think there’s any definite decision that has been made on either of those two players," he said.

But the B's will not make a call-up.

"No," said Julien. "We feel that one of them at least [one] will be ready and hopefully two."
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