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Kings Represent Tough Task for B's

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
LOS ANGELES -- The Bruins did not hold a morning skate on Monday, but even before gameday the club was talking about the very skilled Los Angeles Kings.


Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, center, watches as Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton, left, tries to set up a shot next to Gregory Campbell, right, in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, in Boston. The Kings won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer)
"You know we had a great game with them last time in our building," said Gregory Campbell of the B's 4-3 shootout loss on Nov. 20. "And, you know, Claude [Julien, B's head coach] mentioned to us after practice that they're number one in least shots given up, so we'll have to work for our chances."

"They're a young team that's got a lot of talent," said Julien, post-practice on Sunday.

"Were going to have to work to get a lot of shots on net and that's what we kind of worked on [Sunday], you know puck possession and then you know being able to be strong on [the puck] and finding ways to take it to the net.

"Those are things you have to do against the LA Kings," continued the B's bench boss. "They're young and they're very talented and they're an up-and-coming team and I think they're a team that's got good speed, good size and they're well balanced," he said.

Forward Brad Marchand, who, like the rest of his teammates enjoyed a post-practice snack from LA's famous In-and-Out Burger chain on Sunday, said, "The Kings are a good team, they're very strong defensively in their own end...and you know they've got a lot of skilled forwards over there and we have to make sure we bring it."

From a defensive perspective, Dennis Seidenberg expects to be busy.

"They're a tough cycling team, they're really good offensively," he said. "They're really highly skilled and on defense they're also...a very well balanced, communicating defense corp.

"I think it's going to be a good, tough battle."

As for the game plan, Campbell described a simple strategy.

"We'll have to compete hard," he said. "Play our game and try to limit their space.

"And for the road team it's more about capitalizing on the other teams mistakes and taking their shot out of it and just playing solid."

And despite the fact that the Kings play in the Western Conference, Campbell was clearly thinking of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

"I mean we need these two points," he said. "With two more games to go before the break they're important points to pick up.

"It's going to be important to go into that break feeling good about ourselves and in a good spot on the standings."
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