- The midseason struggles that the Boston Bruins have encountered are tough to take in, according to captain Zdeno Chara
But it's also not the first time the Bruins have been hit with such adversity (i.e when the team dropped four of five from Feb. 5-15 last season), and Chara is confident his team is mature enough to pull through and stay calm.
However, like the old adage says, it's easier said then done.
"Well, I don't think there's a reason for [panic] - we've been in this situation before," Chara said. "We realized we have to be better, so we just have to do it. We just cant be saying all the right stuff and going on the ice and not do it.
"It's a long season and you're going to have stretches where you're not playing your best so we have to make sure we address a few things and get back on track."
After losing to Buffalo 6-0 Wednesday, the Bruins (33-17-2, 68 pts) fell to 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.
But despite the team's latest dip, the Bruins have managed their emotions - even if the losses are taken personally at times.
"I think that's a good thing, it shows that people really care," Chara said. "We don't take it lightly - nobody likes to lose on this team. But at the same time, we can't be sitting on what happened in the past.
"We just have to look what's in front of us and be excited for the opportunities we've had to win those games."
Now, what lies in front of the team is a true test against the Nashville Predators (32-18-5), who are fifth in the Western Conference with 69 points.
Over the past two days, the Bruins cranked the intensity at practice to prepare for Saturday's 1 p.m. matinee at TD Garden - which is exactly what the team needed according to forward Milan Lucic
"[The] hard practices [helped], and what we're trying to do more than anything is push the pace of our game," Lucic said. "We feel like we're not moving our feet as much as we should be and playing at that high speed where we were playing at. I think that was the purpose and the message of the practices and hopefully it will all come together tomorrow afternoon."
Lucic said that on a personal level, he felt he needed to up the tempo in his game. But the Bruins power forward acknowledged that it has to be a team-wide feeling in order to see better results.
"Obviously we're not happy or satisfied we're playing .500 hockey," Lucic said. "We got to find a way to dig ourselves out and it's going to take everyone.
"And once we start feeling better as a group, that's the best way to get out of this funk."--- Anthony Gulizia