“We all know what was missing the other day,” Krejci said, referring to Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. “Like I said it was frustrating – I don’t know what the reason [was]. But, we’ve been home a few days from the road trip and there’s no more excuses. We had a good practice [Wednesday], and there’s no reason for us not to come up hard in the first period.”Tyler Seguin
shared his teammate’s frustration and notion to perform better.
“[It’s] a little bit exhausting talking about it all the time,” Seguin said after this morning’s skate. “But we all know we have to do it. I think we just got to keep plugging away and keep trying to be as consistent as we can and keep the positive attitude we seemed to have the last couple of weeks.”
The home-and-home series against the Senators prior to tonight was significant in the sense that it tightened up the race for the top spot in the Northeast division.
Now that the dust has settled, the Bruins (37-21-3) still sit in first with 77 points, but Ottawa is right on their tails with 76.
Even though tonight’s tilt with the Devils is an out of conference matchup, Krejci said it’s still important for the Bruins as they try to keep their distance from Ottawa.
“We played two Ottawa games and [we play] tonight, so it’s going to be tough,” he said. “But it’s a big night tonight, and we have to bounce back and it’s really important to win.”
In the last two games at home, the Bruins have been shutout. The first came on Feb. 14 as the Bruins lost to the Rangers 3-0 before departing for a six-game road trip.
Upon return, the B’s were shutout by Ottawa, and on the trip, they were blanked by the Minnesota Wild.
If the Black & Gold fail to put a goal on the board tonight, it would mark the first time in franchise history the team is shutout in three consecutive home games.
Seguin, who is third on the team with 20 goals, said that after Tuesday’s game, the team is eager to get back and get the offense going.
“I don’t think this game could have come quick enough,” he said. “I think everybody is ready to move on, and it would be nice to get a quick [goal] right away – move on forward from that. We’re all looking forward to tonight’s game.”--- Anthony Gulizia