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The Fight for First

by John Griffin / Boston Bruins
BOSTON — Including Wednesday night’s contest, the Bruins have taken down the Toronto Maple Leafs in all three meetings of the Northeast Division foes.

However, B’s forward Patrice Bergeron knows that Toronto has plans to change that trend and steal the Bruins place atop the division on Saturday night.

“They’re a team that’s improving each and every game,” said Bergeron.

The B’s know if they don’t improve upon last game themselves, tonight could end their winning-streak against the Leafs.

“I thought we’ve got to be better in our zone,” added the center. “They thrive on those turnovers and going on the attack, so for us it’s to make sure we play our game and not give them too many chances.”

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg knows despite a 6-3 victory, the B’s gave the Leafs too many of those chances.

“In our zone we started to be a little bit loose in our coverage and we just gave up too many shots and opportunities,” explained the blueliner. “We have to be better defensively.”

To prevent defensive lapses in back-to-back games, the B’s want to stay composed as a team.

“It’s always a five-guy unit that has to go up and down the ice,” said Seidenberg. 

“We took care of this in practice the last couple days and hopefully it carries over tonight into the game.”

Although the B’s do want to learn from last game’s weak points, they don’t want to dwell on last game’s result.

With Toronto still right on the B’s tail -- just one game back in the Northeast Division -- the Black & Gold expect nothing but the best from their "Original Six" foe in the conclusion of the home-and-home series.

“It’s always tough games against them,” added Bergeron. “They battle hard, they work hard, but also have a lot of skills.”

“It will be another great challenge,” said Seidenberg.
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