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Lesson Learned

by John Griffin / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- As they prepared for their second game this season against the Blue Jackets, the Bruins couldn't forget November 17th, when they barely pulled out two points in their 2-1 shootout win over Columbus in Boston's TD Garden.


“The team that we’re playing tomorrow gave us a pretty good run when they were in our building,” said B’s Head Coach Claude Julien.

When the Blue Jackets came into the TD Garden they were struggling. Against a hot B’s team that was on a six game win-streak at the time, many didn’t expect for the contest to be close.

However, Chris Kelly remembers the B’s needing 65+ minutes to continue their streak and take two points.

“They came in here and played well,” explained the forward prior to the B's departure for Columbus. “It was a good game and we expect the same tomorrow.”

Fans might expect Saturday night to be a low-scoring battle since the B's only broke through the Blue Jackets defense once on an Adam McQuaid slap-shot through traffic.

However, the B’s want to put a higher number up on the scoreboard as they have only registered one goal in their last two games.

“Scoring just a goal in the last couple of games is an issue that we should be able to overcome and it’s up to us to take care of that,” explained Julien.

To overcome this, Julien knows his team needs to find ways to exploit a solid Columbus defense.

“We have to understand that it’s going to be hard getting to the net," he said. “We’re going to have to get some pucks through and we’re going to have to work our way into jumping on those rebounds.”

The Black & Gold need to bring all the fight they have inside of them in order to beat a strong Blue Jackets to those rebounds and loose pucks.

“They’re big, they’re physical and we’ve got to match they’re physicality,” said forward Tyler Seguin.

“They skate well, they’re a big, strong team, they’re heavy on their sticks,” added Kelly.

The Bruins know what they could be up against when they travel to Nationwide Arena and take on a Western Conference opponent looking to avenge their nail-biting shooout loss.

The question just lies in the execution.

“We’ve got to come out hard,” said Seguin.
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