The Boston Bruins have gotten off to a slow start so far this season. Eight games in they are 3-5, and just 2-4 at home.
Next up for the B’s, a home-and-home with the Montreal Canadiens starting Thursday in Boston.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron called into 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak, and after all that happened between the two teams last season, doesn’t think the next two games will be a distraction.
“I don’t think it should be an issue,” he said, pointing out the Bruins have moved on from the Zdeno Chara-Max Paciortty incident from last season.
The Bruins probably won’t see Pacioretty anyways. The Montreal forward injured his wrist on Monday and is expected to miss the next three games, including the two against Boston.
The Bruins are just worried about themselves, and putting their early season slump in the past.
“It’s about finding a way to be consistent, finding a way to play for 60 minutes,” said Bergeron, noting teams are giving them their best efforts, wanting to knock off the defending champs.
“We have to work through it, and I think it’s a good challenge. Now we know how it’s going to be the rest of the year.”
Claude Julien has been mixing things up in practice and changing the lines. On Wednesday, Nathan Horton and David Krejci were together on the third line, with Rich Peverley skating alongside Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
With all the changes, one thing has remained constant: Bergeron and Marchand.
“I think it’s the way we see each other on the ice and the way we battle for pucks,” Bergeron said of the reason he and Marchand are never paired without the other. “We read each other so well. We’re used to each other too so that helps. We have that chemistry so it’s tough to break us up.”
The Bruins last game action was Saturday’s 4-2 loss to San Jose. The team had Tuesday off, and with five days between games, the extra time has given them a chance to make a few corrections.
“Obviously the time off has been good this week. We got to find a way to turn this around, we have the chances and we have to score some goals. It’s one thing to go out there and to work hard and to get some chances. It’s a good thing to say we’re right there, but at the end of the day we want the results,” Bergeron said.