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Rolston: We'll get out of this together...

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, MA -- I the midst of a four-game losing streak, and after a three-hour flight from Florida, which was followed by an hour of practice in Wilmington, the Boston Bruins sounded like a club that was ready to get back to the ice for Saturday's matinee with the Philadelphia Flyers.

"That’s what we needed," said alternate captain Patrice Bergeron of the high tempo, battle-filled practice prescribed by Head Coach Claude Julien on Friday. "Obviously, we’re in a position right now where we need to be better, and to work on things and to regroup.

"Practice is very important in those big situations, and today was a good effort."

Veteran NHLer, and two-time Bruins forward, Brian Rolston, talked about the adjustments the Bruins made during the session, but didn't dwell on the details.

"Well, we know that we got a good team in here," said Rolston. "It’s a couple things we needed to adjust and just basically get back to it.

"A little better effort obviously, and we can turn things around quick. We have the talent in here, and we play a great system. I mean, we have all the key pieces, it’s just a matter of turning it around.

"It takes that one game, and it’s not going to be easy to get out of, but we plan on getting out of it," he said.

But how the B's "get out of it" might come down to how well the club returns to it's defensive roots during the last few games of the 2011-12 season.

"I think we’re a good, sound hockey team, especially in our own end and that hasn’t showed in the last couple of games," said alternate captain Chris Kelly. "Collectively, as a group, we all can be better in all aspects of the game, especially the D zone.

"Just little things, winning your one-on-one battles, and paying more attention to detail in your positioning. Minor things, but that go a long way to become major things."

Even before the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in OT and knocked the Bruins out of the Northeast Division lead and into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, Kelly said that he would be scoreboard watching.

"Yeah, I think if you ask anyone that 'doesn’t know' what the standings are, they’re lying to you," he said. "We know where we stand, and where other teams stand and all we can do is focus on ourselves and the games we have coming up."

Bergeron acknowledged that a B's turnaround has taken too long to occur.

"Obviously, we’d like to do it after one game," said Bergeron. "But right now it’s not happening.

"It’s about finding answers and not worrying about the four game losing streak. It’s about finding desperation, finding answers and working hard and giving everything we got every shift and coming out on top on every shift."

But Bergeron also acknowledged that turning things around against the the high-flying Flyers won't exactly be easy.

"Yeah, we’re playing a great team, but right now it’s about us," said Bergeron. "About what we do and what we bring to the table and the way we respond.

"It is a quick turnaround, and I think right now we need to I guess learn from what happened and not think about it, look forward, and take [Saturday's] game as the only thing in our minds right now."

And Rolston reminded the press that even though it starts with each Bruin playing their best shift to shift, it won't be just one player who will stop the B's slide.

"There’s plenty of guys in here that have experience and leadership in this dressing room, so it starts with individuals and the individual effort you’re going to put forward," said Rolston. "That’s what’s important -- you know everybody pulling on the rope, because it is a team thing.

"This organization’s always been about team, that’s how they won it last year and that’s how we’ll get out of this together." 
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