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Consistent Effort from B's Buries Avs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins - Yesterday afternoon, in the Bruins 6-2 win over the Colorado, one thing stood out above the rest — consistency.

From left, Boston Bruin's Johnny Boychuk (55), Mark Recchi (28), Patrice Bergeron (37) and Brad Marchand (63) come together to celebrate Recchi's goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
“We’ve been getting better at it and it showed tonight,” Bruins veteran forward Mark Recchi, who scored the B's game-winning goal versus the Avalanche, said after the game.

Last week, following Thursday night’s 4-2 Boston loss to Buffalo, the B’s veteran spoke about the team’s lack of consistency versus the Sabres and said they didn’t have a full team effort over 60 minutes.

“[When] we don’t have everybody going [on] all cylinders and competing at the level we should, it just makes it hard for us. And I think we know that and we’ve been a lot better at it lately and more consistent and we just have to keep learning from these ones,” Recchi said after Thursday’s loss.

It turns out the Black & Gold did learn from their loss in TD Garden just three days ago, as yesterday they put in a full game's effort and saw contributions from nearly the entire team.

“Guys get that if everybody’s in we’re a really tough team to play against,” Recchi said after yesterday’s win. “We know that and it is frustrating when we just don’t play on certain nights but it hasn’t been very often lately.

"I think the guys are understanding consistency and how to be pros and it’s been good.” 

Boston came back from an early one-goal deficit to score four unanswered tallies. Colorado netted another one early in the third, but Boston quickly regained the momentum, killing off an Avalanche power play and adding Patrice Bergeron’s 16th goal of the season halfway through the period. 

“It’s important that you basically understand that you weren’t very good and you want to bounce back and you know tonight was one of those nights where we felt if we played well and responsibly defensively," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien before the club left for California.

"So we had to make sure that part of our game was there and if it was there the rest of that game would take care of itself," he added. "We capitalized on our chances and we got pucks in deep. Our guys are very disciplined with their line changes...and we were able to keep our energy up."

And Recchi and his linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand provided the momentum.

"Well were getting a lot out of those guys’s defensively they were playing against top lines and they’re doing a great job there," said Julien. "But they’re also producing at the other end and they’re very reliable and I like that line and that’s why we’ve kind of kept them together."

Recchi and the rest of the Bruins will look to keep the consistency going when they take on the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night in the Staples Center. The puck drops at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

---Hannah Becker
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