Bruins have turned things around

MONTREAL -- The last time the Bruins walked out of the Bell Centre (Oct. 29), they were a frustrated bunch and knew they were not playing to their potential after falling 4-2 to the Canadiens. They had just been swept by the Habs in a home-and-home, were off to a horrid 3-7-0 start, and weren't playing like defending champions. But following the team's game day skate Monday morning at the Bell Centre, there was a much different feeling among the players and lighter atmosphere. Boston carries an eight-game winning streak into tonight's tilt with their arch-rivals. While no one would credit the two losses to the Habs on October 27 and 29 as what woke them up, some pl,ayers did admit that their frustrations reached a boiling point that night.

"I didn't necessarily think it was those games specifically but more we were just tired of losing," defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. "We knew we weren't ourselves. We took dumb penalties that game and the frustration just really boiled over. We were sick of losing so we did something about it."

Head coach Claude Julien wasn't about to thank the Habs for a wake up call either, but rather credited his players for their determination since those games.

"I don't know if I want to give them that much credit," Julien said. "We lost seven games and won three at that point so I think it was more than those two losses. It was more about understanding where we were. We're just mentally more prepared. We're willing to do the things that you have to do to win hockey games and I didn't feel that we were ready to do that in the first month of the season."

Seidenberg sees a team that is also more committed to detail.

"Just attention to detail," Seidenberg said. "We're doing the little things right and playing our game. We're doing our jobs collectively and individually and everyone is doing it well. That helps us break out of our zone quicker and get in the other zone quicker generating more offense. Everything all works together in sync and that's what's happening now.


-- Tim Thomas was first off the ice at the game day skate and should be between the pipes tonight for the Bruins. Carey Price will start for the Habs.

-- Expect Benoit Pouliot to get the nod again over Jordan Caron. Steven Kampfer should also join Caron in the press box as a healthy scratch.