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On the Road, B's Look to Rebound

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – After losing four consecutive games for the first time this season, three of which came on the TD Garden ice, the Boston Bruins are looking to rebound as they head out on a three game road trip.

The B’s start the trip with two Western Conference match-ups, against Columbus Tuesday night and Nashville on Thursday, before traveling to Toronto for a Saturday night tilt.

Despite not recording a ‘W’ in the last four, the B’s are 0-2-2 and picked up two precious points in the midst of the string of losses.

“You can call them loses, but the silver lining is that we did pick up points, so I don’t think anybody is worried in here,” Bruins forward Gregory Campbell said after the team’s practice in Wilmington on Monday.

Another silver lining for the B’s may be the fact that, once again, they are heading on the road where they have a 22-9-4 record and have picked up 48 of their 85 points.

“We’ve obviously been really good on the road throughout the season. But it’s an opportunity for us to get away, just focus on playing and start picking up these points against some tough teams coming up here,” Campbell said. 

“The focus is on taking it game by game, I think we’ve been good on the road because we’ve kept it smart, played simple, played hard and haven’t tried to do anything spectacular -- just play a smart, simple road game and just pick up those points.”

However, the B’s don't necessarily put as much stock in their road record as fans might think.

“I don’t want to blow it out of proportion,” forward Shawn Thornton said. “We’ve been good on the road but I’m not afraid of home either

"Whatever the situation is, we’ll focus on playing the game.

"It shouldn’t matter what building we’re in,” he said.

Goaltender Tim Thomas agreed, citing the rink dimensions as proof that there is no difference between home and road games.

“Theoretically, it doesn’t matter if you’re home or on the road, it’s the same game,” Thomas said. “The ice surface is pretty close to the same size, the net is certainly the same size no matter where we go.”

No matter the size of the rink, the teams' records or the fan turnout, the B’s simply hope to turn things around in the coming week.

“For some reason we’ve been able to put it together really well on the road this year, so maybe this will be a good trip to put things back on track and then when we get back home really focus on carrying it over and continuing that,” Thomas added.

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