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Bruins hope they can get and hold leads this time vs. Capitals, Penguins

03.15.13 at 2:10 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins haven’t been thrilled with their level of play of late, so what two better opponents to face this weekend than two of the clubs against whom the B’s have had their most embarrassing moments?

The Bruins will host the Capitals on Saturday before traveling to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Sunday. The B’s have blown third-period leads to both teams recently in what both resulted in unflattering losses.

Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against Washington on March 5 before the Capitals stormed back to tie it with a pair of goals in the second and the equalizer in the third. They won on an Eric Fehr goal in overtime.

While that was a leading candidate for the Bruins’ ugliest loss of the season at the time, at least they got a point out of it. The B’s squandered a 2-0 lead late against the Penguins Tuesday when Pittsburgh scored three goals in the final 6:18 to beat Boston in regulation.

So as the B’s look to improve their level of play after a mediocre showing against the Penguins Thursday night, this weekend should at least provide them plenty of motivation to keep their intensity up.

“Obviously we all know what happened in Washington, which is basically the same thing that happened in Pittsburgh on Tuesday,” David Krejci said Friday. “We all know what happened, so we definitely want to have a good start and have a great 60-minute effort. We need points just like they do. We need them as bad as they do. Obviously we didn’t forget what happened in those games, but it’s a new game starting 0-0.”

The Bruins were 32-0-0 last season when leading entering the third period. This season, they’ve gone 7-3-1 in such games.

“We’ve addressed [wanting] to put together a complete game, a full 60 minutes,” Milan Lucic said. “Last year we didn’t blow a lead in the third period, and this year we’ve managed to blow three. There’s definitely some cracks in our game that we’re trying to fix. There’s a big learning process going through the season and trying to solidify your game and get it to where you want to be to achieve your goal.”

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