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Bartkowski back on ice for undaunted Bruins

by Matt Kalman

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins aren't discouraged that they're down 1-0 in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings.

In fact, discouraged isn't even a word in their vocabulary.

"I don't know what that means, but I don't think so," said Bruins center Carl Soderberg, a native of Sweden.

The point is that even though the Bruins lost Game 1 of the series 1-0 Friday, they'll be at home for Game 2 on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC) with no need to panic. In several series, their core had to come back from as many as 2-0 down to win or at least extend it.

Forward Jarome Iginla is in his first playoffs with the Bruins, but he said he sees the resolve that's made the Bruins a resilient team for several seasons.

"I think this group in here, we're prepared to work hard and we take a lot of pride in that and competing," Iginla said after practice at TD Garden. "Things don't always go perfectly and they haven't even during the year. It's part of it. And we also, you know, we believe in ourselves and each other. One game isn't going to change that."

The Bruins might be a little healthier for Game 2. Defensemen Matt Bartkowski and Kevan Miller, who have had the flu, according to the Bruins, practiced Saturday. It was Bartkowski's first time on the ice in a week; Miller practiced once during the week. Coach Claude Julien said he didn't know if either will be able to play Sunday.

Julien said he believes the Bruins are in the right frame of mind to even this series, which moves to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday.

"We're fine. I mean it's a seven-game series and you certainly don't get down on yourself because of a 1-0 loss that could've gone either way," Julien said. "It just shows you how close and tight it is. I think we just have to be better in certain areas that we talked this morning and that we hopefully will be able to bring to the game tomorrow. And if we do that, then hopefully the outcome will change."

Forward Daniel Paille (head) skated on his own before practice for the second straight day. Forward Chris Kelly (back) was not seen.

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