October 31, 2011

Lucic: Time for talk is over for Bruins

by Jesse Connolly

Milan Lucic has six points in his last four games for Boston. (Getty)

WILMINGTON – As a team that’s stumbled out of the gate to the tune of a 3-7-0 record, the Bruins have no trouble about admitting they’re a team in search of some much-needed answers.

With losses in four of their last five tilts, Boston is desperate to turn things around in November after a miserable opening month to the campaign, but what they’re not looking for is a pity party as concern and visible anger have begun to mount for the Black and Gold.

“I think frustration’s not the answer,” center Greg Campbell said after Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. “Executing better and working harder to make better playas and ultimately winning is the answer. Being frustrated is not going to help. Feeling sorry for ourselves isn’t going to help. It’s up to us.”

And perhaps the Bruins have been letting their frustrations get the best of them of late. Having scored just six goals in their last four setbacks, the B’s have repeatedly been hindered by allowing their emotions to get the best of them and trying to overcomplicate their approach to stopping their skid.

“There’s always going to be frustration when things don’t go your way. It’s almost like being in quicksand,” winger Milan Lucic said. “When you’re trying too hard, it tends to go the other way on you. As a team right now, we just have to focus on what we do best and simplify our game more than anything.

“I think that’s going to help us get out of being frustrated and get ourselves feeling good about our team game. Then we can get on a roll, build some momentum and put some wins together.”

Forward Patrice Bergeron knows Boston’s start to the season isn’t how he and his teammates drew it up, but the Bruins’ alternate captain believes his squad much channel their frustrations and use them to climb out of their predicament.

“When things are not going well, obviously there’s going to be frustration but you have to use that to your advantage,” he said. “If you get caught up with all that frustration and anger, it’s just going to get worse. You just have to realize that we have to come out of this together and find a way to do so.

"It’s not about getting angry and getting down on ourselves. We’ve put ourselves in this situation and we have to get ourselves out of it.”

And no matter how often they say the right things, the Bruins recognize that all it really comes down to is executiing on the ice and nipping their early-season slump in the bud.

I think we need to just find that consistency and be able to put it into a 60-minute effort,” said Lucic. “You look at the games that we’ve lost, I think with empty nets, they’re all one-goal games. Saying it’s going to come and it’s going to come isn’t good enough.

“We have to go out there and make it happen. That’s the only way we’re going to get out of it – as a team and as a group.”

The Bruins’ next chance to right the ship will come on Tuesday night, as they’ll welcome the red-hot Ottawa Senators to TD Garden.