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Spoked-B Looks to Continue Roll

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
ATLANTA — The Bruins (20-11-4) enter tonight’s game with the Thrashers (19-14-6) looking to continue their three-game winning streak against the team that started Boston’s run when the Black & Gold dropped Atlanta, 4-1 on December 23. That win avenged a B's 4-1 loss to Thrashers on November 28 here in Georgia.

Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (22) celebrates his goal with teammates, including Adam McQuaid (54,) in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Atlanta Thrashers, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, in Boston. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
On Wednesday, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien talked about his decision to rest the club rather than practice after the club's successful two-game stay in Florida.

“We’ve played two really hard games,” said Julien. “Guys were a little banged up and worn down, and (Tuesday’s) game, I thought, had so much pace to it and it was a physical game.

“The night before was the same thing. We played both Florida teams (who) seem to be playing really well these days, so it was important for us to get our rest because we’ve got another big game…against Atlanta

"I just felt that our guys needed to be as fresh as they could be,” he said.

Given the line brawl that marked the most memorable moment of last Thursday’s Boston versus Atlanta match-up at TD Garden, Julien was asked if he expected a reprisal of the fisticuffs tonight in Philips Arena.

“Well, I think at the end of the day, it’s about winning the hockey game and we’re gonna do whatever it takes to win that hockey game,” said Julien. “Guys know when to stand up for each other and…sometimes people anticipate so much because of what happened at the end of the last game, but we’ll see.

“We’re here to win a hockey game and that’s our first concern.”

And with a modest three-game run and victories in the first two games of a five game road swing, Julien is looking to continue that success.

“It’s nice to win games period,” said Julien. “But you know these were two teams that we’ve played that have been tough to play in their buildings in the past and presented a pretty big challenge for us.

“So to come out with two wins… certainly it gives us a nice set up for this road trip. You start off with a couple wins and you hope that momentum carries into the next game and hopefully we come back home with a real good record after this.”
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