Boston (19-5-4) at Atlanta (9-14-4), 7:30 pm EST
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Boston Bruins haven't had to rebound
from a loss too often. When they do, they have done so with
The Bruins will attempt to avoid their first back-to-back losses
in over seven weeks when they open a home-and-home series
against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday.
Boston had its five-game winning streak snapped and lost for
second time in 11 games Wednesday, suffering a 3-1 setback to
the Washington Capitals. Milan Lucic scored the lone goal for
the Bruins, who have an Eastern Conference-best 95 goals.
Phil Kessel has recorded 17 goals and Marc Savard has 24 assists
and 32 points to lead Boston, which has lost consecutive
contests since dropping three straight October 20-23.
Since that losing streak, the Bruins have posted a 17-3-1 record
and climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference.
The Thrashers, who will travel to Boston for Saturday's game,
have just two victories since their five-game winning streak
ended on November 14.
Atlanta, which suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York
Rangers on Wednesday, has gone 2-7-2 over its previous 11