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Lucic, B's Ready for Ottawa

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- After Monday's practice, players and coaches alike talked about the work that had been put in  -- on and off the ice -- as the B's prepared for today's game versus the Ottawa Senators in the TD Garden.


"There has been spurts in our game where we’ve been really good. I think we just need to find that consistency and be able to put it into a sixty-minute effort," said left wing Milan Lucic. "You look at the games that we’ve lost [and] you take away the empty nets, they’re one-goal games. So we’ve been in them all."

But being in them all isn't good enough for the Stanley Cup champions.

"Saying it’s going to come and it’s going to come — it’s not good enough," said Lucic. "We have to go out there and make it happen.

"That’s the only way we’re going to get out of this is by us as a team and as a group."

Julien said he had seen some good things on the ice in Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena.

"It was a good hard-working practice," he said. "I think we touched on some of the things that we wanted to get better at. That’s practice and now it’s important to put it into playing.

"[Tuesday night] is our opportunity to get better and give ourselves a chance to win some games by doing the right things."

Those "right things" became clearer to the Bruins after Sunday's video session and the club reinforced those lessons during Monday's session.

"Tt’s what you do during the [repetitions] that really matter," said Julien of the B's drills. "If you’re doing it properly and you’re doing it hard, that’s what counts.

"If the guys are cheating through drills then you’re going to cheat through games. I’ve always told our players that you create habits in practice and that’s where it’s got to start so that it becomes second nature in a game.

"If we’re not going to work hard in practice and work the way we should in a game, then we shouldn’t expect the results to happen when game-time comes around."

That is particularly so against a solid Senators team that has won six straight games.

"They’ve been beating some pretty good teams as of late and they’re definitely a team we can’t take lightly," said Lucic. "Everyone stepped up on that team, especially [Milan] Michalek and [Jason] Spezza.

"It’s going to be another challenge for us and it’s going to be a good test, so we’ve got to do whatever we can to get ourselves ready and step up and play a big game."

Julien simply wants to see results.

"I would have to say that every team we’ve played so far has given us a challenge," said Julien, flatly. "Again, it’s really about our team finding its way.

"We’re struggling right now as a team and that’s the biggest issue that we’re trying to fix."
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