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Looking for Consistency

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins have come through the first half of the season with a 26-14-7 record and are leading the Northeast Division with 59 points. 

Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins checks against Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden on January 20, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
But despite their success, the Bruins have been confronted with some setbacks. 

Last night, in a Bruins 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in front of a sold out TD Garden crowd of 17,565, B's fans saw a different team on the ice than the one that easily handled the Carolina Hurricanes 7-0 on Monday night.

“We didn’t have everybody going and that’s what happens when you don’t have everybody going," Bruins veteran forward Mark Recchi said of the team’s performance. "And when we've got twenty people going, we’re just really tough to play against. 

“It wasn’t our game -- no it wasn’t what we’re capable of doing," continued Recchi. "I think we know that, and we’ve been a lot better at it lately and more consistent and we just have to keep learning from these ones; that when we do have [losses] there’s reasons why.”

The Bruins threw 40 shots on net against the Sabres, but only two made their way past Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. 

“I mean he made some lucky ones, and he made some great saves," Recchi said postgame. "We had a lot of traffic and you know he’s a good goalie.

“He made the saves he had to make and a couple snuck behind him and he got some help.

"But that’s what happens when you’re a goalie, you make those saves.” 

Their momentum slowed by Miller and the Sabres, Boston will look to get back on the right track as they travel to the West Coast for a quick two-game road trip, which begins Saturday afternoon against the Colorado Avalanche.

“We’ve got a tough trip ahead of us and we’re a pretty good road team, so we have to learn that consistency is going to be a big part of us being…a great team instead of just a real good team,” said Recchi.

“We’re getting there and we gotta keep pushing along here”

---Hannah Becker
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