B's aim for 'good week' with win over Columbus

B's aim for 'good week' with win over Columbus
November 30, 2013, 12:30 pm
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The Bruins had their worst loss of the season Wednesday night in Detroit when they allowed a season-high six goals, and watched helplessly as things spiraled out of control.

But the Bruins sandwiched that piddling performance between a pair of good efforts against the Penguins and New York Rangers, and actually have a chance of taking six out of eight points in a highly productive week.

It all comes down to a Saturday night game against a Columbus Blue Jackets club that the Bruins have already handled twice this season, and will still be without old friend Nathan Horton. The schedule is making the Black and Gold work for it with another week ending with the third game in four nights, but Claude Julien knows the Wings debacle can be summarily erased with one more winning effort.  

“This is our third game in four nights. It’s always a challenge for any team that plays heavy, long games in a little bit of time. But it’s an opportunity for us,” said Julien. “Like we told the guys, if we can get three wins out of four this week, no matter what happened in Detroit it’s still a good week. We have to aim for that and try to win this game tonight. It’s as simple as that.

“I think our guys felt good about yesterday. I like the way we played: the emotion, the competitiveness, the 60-minutes for the most part was there I’d say and everything else. I think as a coach you felt good about your team’s game yesterday, and the players felt good about themselves. It’s about trying to repeat that. Say, ‘Listen, this is what we have to do here to feel good about ourselves. We don’t play until [Thursday] again so let’s leave it all out on the ice.”

That Thursday game will be their first meeting with the hated Montreal Canadiens up on the road at the Bell Centre, so there will be no issue getting “up” for that divisional hate-fest. The challenge comes in the form of a lowly Blue Jackets team that ends a week full of heavy Eastern Conference competition with a whimper more than a flourish, and the B’s have to be ready to handle that.