October 31, 2011

Bruins best be prepared for red-hot Sens

By Jesse Connolly

WILMINGTON — While the funk the Bruins currently find themselves mired in has them taking an introspective approach, focusing solely on all the bugs within their own game in need of fixing, it’d still behoove the Black and Gold to pay attention to the roll tomorrow night’s opponent has been on of late.

The Senators will invade TD Garden on Tuesday in search of their seventh-straight victory — bad news for a B’s squad looking to avoid their fourth consecutive setback.

Ottawa has beaten their opponents by a combined score of 23-15 over their six-game winning streak with major contributions from key cogs Jason Spezza (10 points during streak) and Milan Michaelek (six points in last six games).

“Obviously they’ve been beating some pretty good teams as of late,” Bruins winger Milan Lucic said. “They’re definitely a team we can’t take lightly. Everyone has stepped up on their team, especially Michalek and Spezza. It’s going to be another challenge for us and it’s going to be a good test. We have to do whatever we can to step up and play a big game.”

Pegged by many to finish the year near or at the bottom of the standings, Ottawa stumbled out of the gate, going just 1-5-0 for first-year coach Paul MacLean. But the surprising Sens have earned quality wins of late, including an epic comeback against the Rangers and a victory over the Northeast Division-leading Maple Leafs.

“They’re on a hot streak right now,” Patrice Bergeron said. “They have some good, young forwards and obviously they’re overall a young team and bring a lot of energy. It’s going to be a big challenge.”

Fail to conquer it and Bergeron and the Bruins will continue to remain exactly where the Sens were supposed to be – dwelling in the cellar of the Eastern Conference.