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Bruins go old school

02.03.10 at 1:24 pm ET
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BELMONT ‘€” Looking for some positive energy and a change of fortune, the Bruins got on the bus and went to school Wednesday.

Still mired in an extended losing streak following a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals Tuesday, the B’€™s opted to practice at the Belmont Hill School instead of their normal practice rink in Wilmington.

‘€œIt’€™s just a change of scenery, something a little different,’€ coach Claude Julien said. ‘€œIt’€™s something [GM] Peter [Chiarelli] thought would be good for the team.’€

Any kind of change for the B’€™s will probably be a good thing as they prepare to end an eight-game losing streak hosting Montreal Thursday.

‘€œIt’€™s fun, it’€™s nice facility,’€ said veteran forward Mark Recchi who has seen struggling teams try every trick in the book to end losing streaks.

‘€œWe’€™re just trying to work our way out of this, trying stay positive and to stick together,’€ said Recchi. ‘€œWherever we practice it doesn’€™t really matter. We still have to stay positive.’€

Skating on the Olympic-size rink at the school, the Bruins worked on finding ways to improve the team’€™s offense. The B’€™s have scored the fewest goals in the NHL, but are showing signs of starting break out of their scoring drought. They launched 42 shots at Capitals goalie Jose Theodore Tuesday.

‘€œWe had nine really good scoring chances in the second period and nothing to show for it,’€ Julien said. ‘€œWhen you have nine scoring chances you should at least have a goal or two or three. That’€™s where we are really getting hurt right now. Those scoring chances we’€™re not able to bury them.’€

Defenseman Matt Hunwick, who made a blind clearing pass that was intercepted and converted into the game-winning goal in Tuesday’€™s loss did not practice Wednesday. Julien said Hunwick and forward Steve Begin had been given a ‘€œmaintenance’€ day off.

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