Fresh off destroying the Atlanta Thrashers, 7-3, last night, the Boston Bruins will try to do it again when they welcome the struggling franchise from the Southeast Division to the TD Banknorth Garden tonight.
The Bruins have four days off after this one before they play again — Thursday at home against Toronto — so you can expect the club to tighten up any of the bad habits they might’ve fallen into last night and put on an all-out effort in the second half of this home-and-home. The offense was obviously clicking, as Boston scored seven goals in a game for the third time this season. But defensively, the club had some lapses in its own end and fell into the trap too many times of not making a play out of its own zone and rather just banging the puck out to center.
Atlanta Player to Watch: He threw down twice during the Bruins’ rout last night, so winger Eric Boulton will undoubtedly be out for blood again tonight. Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton prevailed in his bout with Boulton early in the game but Boulton came back to earn a draw (thebruinsblog.net scoring) against Milan Lucic in the second period. Look for Boulton to try to set the tone tonight, as the Thrashers are not only facing a potential home-and-home sweep but also a continued slide into oblivion.
What they’re writing: Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Atlanta might’ve finally hit rock bottom in the loss to the Bruins.
Quotable: Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn’t want to harp on many of the bad things the Bruins did during their rout of Atlanta in his postgame comments.
“Maybe we didn’t make the strong plays all the time. We’re trying to work ourselves out of a little bit of a funk. You’re going to say it’s 7-3 and we’re still doing some good things. The way we played the month of November, I guess the expectations are high for everybody. I think that’s why we have a tendency to look for all those sloppy plays at times. There’s still a lot of good things going on, but we have to kind of settle ourselves down a little bit to make some stronger plays at times.”