Julien: B's need consistency vs. Sharks

October, 22, 2011
10/22/11
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BOSTON -- The Bruins held an optional skate Saturday morning at TD Garden as they prepare to host the San Jose Sharks at TD Garden at 7 p.m.

Approximately 14 Bruins players skated, with Tuukka Rask as the only goalie on the ice.

Boston is coming off an emotional 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at the Garden, and Bruins coach Claude Julien is hoping for a similar result and performance tonight.

“Consistency is what we’re looking for right now,” Julien said. “We talked about that (Friday) during practice and how much we got to come in everyday and try and focus on the right things and tonight is a good test for us.”

The Sharks are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the Devils on Friday night in New Jersey and San Jose coach Todd McLellan knows Saturday’s game against the Bruins will be another challenge.

“A win makes you feel better than a loss and it doesn’t matter how you get it or where you get it,” McLellan said. “Guys feel a little bit better (with) themselves. ... The fact that we were able to stick with it and come back was rewarding, but the task ahead of us just gets tougher tonight. We know how obviously strong this team is and how well they play at home. We’ll have our hands full.”

Since the Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions, they believe that every opponent will give an extra effort to beat them and the Sharks are no different.

“They set the bar,” McLellan said. “When you’re hoisting that mug at the end of the year, and you’ve played that long, the other teams use you as a measuring tool. I can guarantee all the other 28 coaches in the league looked at what Vancouver and Boston did to get to the finals last year. We copy a lot of successful teams and there are not a lot of secrets to the Bruins’ game because everyone knows them so well.

“They are the measuring tool that all the teams in the league will use,” added McLellan. “It doesn’t make their life any easier but they’ve earned that right by calling themselves champions.”

The Bruins hold a 7-3-3-0 record against the Sharks on home ice, but San Jose has won the last three meetings in Boston.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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