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Looking for a Spark

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins — The Bruins fell to rival Montreal Canadiens Thursday night 2-1 at the TD Garden. With the loss, the B’s fell to last place in the Eastern Conference at 3-6-0.

While the players in Black & Gold locker room feel they have the right pieces to the puzzle, they are just still in search of a way to put them all together.

Forward Brad Marchand remains confident that he and his teammates will get themselves back on track. The B’s have chemistry in their tight locker room, but are simply looking to finally carry it onto the ice.

“We’re a family in here,” said Marchand. “We have a lot of leaders in this room and lots of guys have stepped up here and we have to follow those guys.” 

Leading by example, experience and with the “C” on his shoulder, defenseman Zdeno Chara is telling his team to keep pushing and not let frustration get the best of them.

“We can’t allow that to creep into our game,” said Chara. “We need to keep working hard, keep things positive.” 

“We just have to keep going and never get frustrated or 'de-motivate' ourselves.”

Forward Tyler Seguin believes the team hasn’t executed, but is trying to hold onto the mindset that his captain has set.

When asked about how the team felt, Seguin said, “I think just motivated.”

But the B’s motivation is being fueled even further by their recognition that the season is well underway now. The Black & Gold know they need to set a new tone going forward.

“It’s been nine games now so everyone definitely wants to start moving up,” explained Seguin.

Seguin’s new linemate agreed.

“We can’t look at anymore like it’s just the start of the year. It’s starting to get to that point where we have to be better and we know that,” said Marchand.

The sophomore wing has seen his team’s results go the opposite way he had hoped, however, he knows they can’t fall back any further.

“We all want to bear own and step up and hopefully we’ll dig ourselves out of this,” added Marchand.

Defenseman Adam McQuaid knows that when in a hole, it is often difficult for a team to attain the right mental balance.

“We want to find the fine line of going out and playing hard and playing relaxed and not worrying too much about the outcome,” he explained.

The blueliner knows that regardless of where this happy medium lies, finding a spark requires simplicity.

“Just get back to the basics and work hard and try and be a little more physical,” said McQuaid.

The Bruins aimed to get back to the basics with a hard skate Friday morning.

“We’re at the bottom, so definitely a good practice was needed,” said Seguin.

After their session, the Bruins left the Garden for Montreal. Although the B’s want to take advantage of an abundance of home games early in the season, Seguin thinks another quick change could help them.

“It’s definitely going to be nice to get on the road for the next couple of days,” added the forward.

With the combination of a break from the home-stretch, new lines, a rivalry game and the current standings, the B’s look for a spark when they play the Habs again on Saturday Night.

“If we put together a few good games and we get a streak a bit here, we’re going to be right back in the mix,” said Marchand. “We can definitely do it.”

---John Griffin
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