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Next Stop, New Jersey

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, MA – After two hard days of practice, the Boston Bruins are ready to create and exploit more scoring chances since being outshot 27-20 in Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Dallas.

According to defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, that will be the key to picking up against the New Jersey Devils.

“They have strong bodies and we just have to play them strong and create more chances offensively,” Seidenberg said. “It seems like every time we play strong teams, we had the puck but we kept it to the outside.

"Now, we have to take shots and establish pressure towards the net.”

While riding the high of a seven-game winning streak, the B’s squeaked away from Phoenix with a 2-1 overtime win over an injured Coyotes club before falling to Dallas.

Seidenberg said it’s time for the team to get back to what helped them win 21 out of their last 25 games.

“The last couple of games we slipped a little bit, we got a bit sloppy with our puck management and our passing and created chances against [us],” he said. “We just have to focus on those little things again and get pucks deep and do the things that make us strong.”

The Bruins will be challenged Wednesday night by a tough New Jersey team, who has put together a 10-6-1 record at the Newark Prudential Center.

“They’ve been playing well, especially at home,” defenseman Adam McQuaid said. “They have a real nice mix of guys that are big and strong that can protect the puck, but also a nice mix of skill. It keeps you on your toes and it’s challenging, and you have to be ready to compete.”

The Bruins dominance throughout the month of November and December certainly raised the expectations for the Stanley Cup Champions, but McQuaid said the team is sharpening its focus after Saturday’s loss.

Even with the contest against the Vancouver Canucks looming in the crosshairs, the team is focused on getting back on track against first New Jersey, and then Calgary Thursday.

“You’re probably going to lose in an 82 game schedule,” McQuaid said. “But we’re all reminded how much we hate losing [after] last game.

"I think we’ve been fairly good at being focused from game to game, and next game will be no different - put the last one behind us and prepare for New Jersey.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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