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Bruins begin weeklong effort to improve

01.25.10 at 2:25 pm ET
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Claude Julien (AP)

Claude Julien (AP)

WILMINGTON — The Bruins knew they needed to get to work early on Monday.

After a week in which they lost four games and dropped out of the eight playoff positions in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins hit the ice at Ristuccia Arena looking to get the most out of four practice days before Friday’s contest in Buffalo.

“We came in here knowing we needed to skate, everyone came in with a positive attitude looking forward to Friday,” forward Daniel Paille said. “We have four days to practice and to improve.”

There is little doubt the Bruins could use plenty of improvement. The team has lost five in a row and has just two wins in its last 10 games (2-7-1).

“We’re obviously making a lot of individual mistakes right now from pressing, at the same time we’ve got to find ways to score goals if we plan on winning hockey games,” coach Claude Julien said after practice. “All that stuff we have an opportunity to work on this week and to stabilize our team a little bit. Hopefully, we’ll get the results.”

It looked like the Bruins couldn’t wait to put Sunday’s 5-1 debacle in Carolina behind them. Before the Zamboni had finished resurfacing the ice Monday morning, the team was already waiting by the rink door to get on the ice.

“I think it’s really good to get out there and work,” forward Mark Recchi said. “Having the opportunity to have some practices, get some good work days in, get some good habits is a great thing.”

Julien agreed that getting in a positive practice was probably better for the team than a head-clearing day away from the rink for players.

“It’s not necessarily punishment, its more about we need to work our way out of this. Today was an important day to start that,” Julien said.

“Our fans are disappointed in us and rightfully so, we haven’t delivered. That’s part of accepting what’s going on here. And if you accept that, then hopefully you want to do something about it. Our fans and everybody deserves better than what we have been getting. Somehow we have to find that game of ours that will give everybody what they want to see. We have to work our way out of it and that’s hopefully what we started to do today.”

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