November 26, 2011

Bruins turning the page on streak, focused on Jets

By Jesse Connolly

BOSTON – Turn the page. That was the catchphrase inside the Bruins’ locker room on Friday afternoon, fresh off of their ten-game winning streak coming to a halt with a 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Red Wings.

The opportunity to move on and start a new run comes a little more than 24 hours after their first setback in the month of November, as the Jets will come to TD Garden for the first time this season.

“We’re playing a good team,” Patrice Bergeron said in assessing the Jets after Boston’s loss to Detroit. “Winnipeg is a team that we’re aware of some of their players. They’re young and they’re starting to build their good core of players. So it’s going to be a tough game.

“And back to back games obviously when you need your energy you need to make sure you rest tonight and get back tomorrow.”

Coach Claude Julien hopes there’s no lingering sense of dejecting when his squad gets back to work on Saturday.

For us, we got a point out of this game and you move on and tomorrow is an important tilt again against a team in our conference,” the Bruins bench boss said. “You really have to turn the page. Hopefully our guys didn’t get too high on that, that it deflates them. I liked our game and think it’s important that we carry that into (Saturday).”

After starting the season with just three wins in their first ten games, this Bruins squad has come a long way from the team that sat at the bottom of the conference standings less than a month ago.

“Just a lot more confident,” said winger Dan Paille, who buried his third goal of the season on Friday. “It feels like we’re a lot stronger on most plays and it seems like the chemistry is coming a lot better, and I think that’s something that we wanted to expect throughout the whole season and it started a little bit slow. It’s nice to come around.”