The Boston Bruins look to reverse their slow start and exact a little revenge against the host Montreal Canadiens Saturday night at 7 p.m. (CBC, RDS HD, NHLN-US, NESN HD).
Two days after a 2-1 loss to the Canadiens in Boston, the Bruins get another opportunity to defeat their rival. Patrice Bergeron scored Boston's lone goal in Thursday's loss, and Tim Thomas's 33 saves were not enough to keep the Bruins from falling to 3-6-0, all alone in the Eastern Conference basement.
Boston's struggles have continued long enough that general manager Pete Chiarelli is making extra phone calls. Chiarelli told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that he always works the phones but has been "a little more diligent these days."
Whatever roster decisions Chiarelli does, or doesn't, make, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he will support them.
"I'm always going to support my general manager," Julien said. "We talk a lot and whether it happens or whether it doesn't happen, those decisions are made as a group and certainly never second-guess because once a decision is made we're all on board."
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said the team can't listen to any trade chatter.
"Those decision are out of our control," Thornton said. "We just focus on what we can do on the ice. I know it sounds cliché but it's true. You have to go out, work your hardest and not worry about those things."