WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night as they try to snap their first two-game skid since Oct. 27 and 29. The Bruins have struggled scoring over their past two games -- a 2-1 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday and a 2-0 home loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday -- and they realize things won't get any easier Saturday against the Blue Jackets, a team that took them to a shootout Nov. 17 before David Krejci scored the winner for a 2-1 Bruins victory. The Blue Jackets have gone 5-3-2 since behind some solid goaltending from Curtis Sanford, who made 26 saves in that loss at Boston.
"There's lots of reasons to want to play better and redeem ourselves," Julien said of the challenge that lies ahead for the Bruins. "[Thursday] even though we hit four or five posts, the game before we didn't score much either. We haven't been burying our chances and you can't just assess that to bad luck. So we have to be better that way. I thought last night we didn't give a ton of scoring chances but more than half of them came from turnovers on our end of it. So there's lots of room to improve and whether that's winning or losing, we got to keep looking at it that way.
"The team that we're playing tomorrow gave us a pretty good run when they were in our building the last time. They're a big, heavy team and we have to understand that it's going to be hard getting to the net. So we're going to have to get some pucks through and work our way into jumping on those rebounds. It's a team that's playing better and we don't anticipate it being an easy game."
Defenseman Adam McQuaid -- who scored the lone regulation goal for the Bruins in that 2-1 shootout win -- agreed and realizes the Bruins must get back to basics.
"I don't think we were overly happy and it wasn't our best game the last time we played them," McQuaid said after practice Friday. "We need to get back on the winning track here and as the season progresses here, everyone tightens up and there's definitely no easy games. So we gotta be prepared and get back to some of the things we were doing earlier winning games."
After being stonewalled by Panthers goalie Jose Theodore (40 saves) Thursday and Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (39 saves) Tuesday, the Bruins will now face another hot goalie in Sanford. But the Bruins realize they can't let that faze them.
"You can't worry about it too much," McQuaid said. "Every goalie in this league is a good goalie and some nights it seems like things go your way and other nights you gotta really work to get your opportunities and goals. I think always for us, it's not so much worrying about who we're playing against but worrying about ourselves and we'll have to make sure like any other goalie, we'll have to make sure we're getting a lot of shots, a lot of traffic and going to the net hard."