|Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (22) battles for the puck against Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) |
“We’ve had a couple of losses in a row so we got three games at home, hopefully we can get back in the 'W' column and carry that into Christmas,” said B's winger Shawn Thornton
The Bruins will have to make some adjustments to get back to their winning ways, particularly in the first 20 minutes of the game.
“I think we’ve got to start off with just the first period,” said Boston forward Tyler Seguin
, “We’ve gotta come out with a solid twenty and skate into the full sixty. We’ve done it before against the Caps and we know what it takes so we’re gonna try and do that.”
“The other night in Montreal again you know they popped two quick ones right away,” he said. “I think we’re back on our heels a little bit. It just comes [down to] a better first twenty, a better first couple of shifts by everyone.”
The Capitals are in a similar situation as Boston with a seven game losing streak currently clouding their record. But Despite Washington’s recent struggles, the B’s are prepared for a hard fight.
“It makes them even hungrier I think. They’ve lost seven in a row so it’ll be a tough game tonight,” Boston blueliner Dennis Seidenberg
said. “Obviously they want to win but looking at ourselves I mean we lost three in a row so we’re just in the same boat. I think it’ll be a good game tonight and it’ll be hard fought.”
The Bruins are looking at this game as a chance to end to their skid and begin the climb back up the Eastern Conference rankings.
“You know right now we’re sitting in eighth and we don’t want to be in eighth,” said B's left wing Milan Lucic
. “We want to get out of that position and it’ll be a big win tonight if we’re able to do the right things.”---Hannah Becker