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Simply Looking for Two Points

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- On October 30th, just a day after the Montreal Canadiens completed a home-and-home sweep of the Boston Bruins, the Black & Gold met for a video session in the TD Garden.

"Obviously we can’t be happy," said Patrice Bergeron at the time. "We know that we put ourselves in this situation and we have to get out of it.

"It’s about being desperate to find some urgency to do it. We’re not happy with it, but that being said we’ve got to find a way to get out of it and to work through it and it’s not going to happen overnight.

"It’s a process where you have to work at it and realize that we can all be better," he said.

Through that process and a renewed sense of urgency, the B's regrouped -- and then some.

Boston is undefeated in November and after eight victories in a row since falling to Montreal twice to end October the B's enter Monday night's game with the Habs in a mind to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings.

"Yeah we’re pretty confident," said Bergeron. "Obviously we’re playing some good hockey."

But Bergeron and his teammates were not saying that after last Thursday's game versus Columbus -- a 2-1 shootout win that left the Bruins angry for what was could be judiciously called an uneven effort.

Saturday, the B's bounced back with a vengeance and quickly outdistanced the New York Islanders 6-0.

"Last night was a perfect example -- when we play our system, play our game and have a good transition, good things are going to happen," said Bergeron on Sunday. "We’ve got to keep that going.

"The next two games [Monday against the Canadiens and Wednesday versus the Buffalo Sabres] are huge games and we’ve got to worry about Montreal first."

Montreal comes into Monday's game with a 9-8-3 record and a 6-3-1 docket in their last 10 games. Boston is 11-7-0 with an 8-2-0 record in their last 10.

Of course, those two losses came at the hands of Montreal.

"We dug ourselves a hole at the start of the season and we had to get out of it and we found a way," said Bergeron. "We’re just starting to get out of it, so we can’t just stop now.

"Montreal is a team in our division and...we played two games against them already and we didn’t get the [right] result."

Asked what was missing from the B's the first two times they faced Montreal, Bergeron said, "A lot of things.

"I don’t think we had good transition. We weren’t consistent for 60 minutes," added Bergeron. "We had some good chunks in games, but weren’t good enough.

"They were first on pucks more than we were. We just weren’t playing to our capability and to our strength and it was hurting us."

And the video session that Bergeron and the Black & Gold attended on October 30 helped push the B's back from the brink.

"It helped a lot," said Bergeron. "When you look at the video, that’s the best —- easiest — way to realize that you’re not playing your game, you’re not playing your system and you can be a lot better and that’s how you improve.

"I think we’ve done that."

However, the B's remain unsatisfied and a win against their archrivals from Bergeron's home province of Quebec would be a feather in Boston's cap.

As the Bruins left for Montreal, Bergeron said, simply, "We have to make sure we’re playing well [Monday] and have a huge game and get the two points." 
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