Friday, January 31, 2014
W2W4: B's host Oilers, 1 p.m. ET
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- A day after suffering one of the team's worst losses of the season, the Boston Bruins were ready to move on from a 4-1 shellacking at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston's focus is now on the Edmonton Oilers.
The Bruins spent the majority of Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena working on their transition game, and finished with some battle drills. The Oilers are in town for a matinee game at 1 p.m. Saturday at TD Garden, and the Bruins desperately need to rebound from Thursday's ugly loss.
"I think we just need to turn the page," said Bruins forward Gregory Campbell. "We've been playing very good hockey of late. [Thursday] wasn't our best game on all fronts, and I don't think there's anybody in here who's satisfied with their individual games. On nights like that, it's important to recognize where we went wrong or things we could've done better and move on. It's going to happen. We're not happy about it, but it's important to be mentally strong and just move on."
It doesn't happen too often, but fans showed their displeasure by booing the Bruins in the closing seconds of Thursday's game.
"Fans are fans and it's the same everywhere; it's not just here," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "When you play the way you played [Thursday] night, you're certainly not going to get cheered. They were disappointed and so were we. They expressed their disappointment in our game, and I don't take it personally, I take it as we deserved it. We didn't play well and let's move on. Those same people are going to cheer us on when we play well and rightfully so."
After losing six consecutive games, the Oilers are in the midst of a three-game winning streak with wins over the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
"Right now, the biggest thing is if we can play well [Saturday] then it's a lot easier to turn the page. If you don't, then you're prolonging the pain," Julien said. "Our guys have enough experience to know that and we're coming in against a team that has won three games in a row and we have to respect that. We understand we have to play much better than we did [Thursday]."