BOSTON — The Bruins studied video Sunday and worked hard on the ice Monday.
Now it’s time to put what they learned to use tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators are TD Garden.
“We’ve got to come and play with some energy here,” said head coach Claude Julien after his team’s optional morning skate. “The team that we’re playing right now has lots of it. They’re not perfect, they make mistakes, but because of the energy that they play with, they’re able to back each other up and certainly make it a game and that’s why they’ve won I think, six in a row now.
“But we just have to come and play with a little bit more energy that we have in both directions and you know, the only way to get out of these kind of things is based on a work ethic. We’re not as good as we think we are and we’re not as bad as we seem. So what has to happen is pick up our work ethic here, be ready to work hard and grind it out and hopefully work harder than the other team and along the way you hope that you get a couple of breaks, get that lead that you’re looking for all the time and hold on to it.”
The Sens are, in fact, on a six-game winning streak. Despite their 7-5-0 record and Boston’s 3-7-0 record, they don’t plan on taking the Bruins lightly. They’re still without Danie Alfredsson due to a concussion, but Jason Spezza (6-9-15 in 12 games) and Milan Michalek (8-5-13 in 12) are off to hot starts.
The Bruins have been changing lines and defense pairs in an attempt to find a winning combination. The D pairs were changed twice Saturday night in Montreal, and might continue to shuffle until the Bruins earn two points. It wouldn’t hurt if the Bruins received a little offensive support from their defensemen, who have produced just one goal on the season.