Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron Talks About Playing Elite Teams Right off the Bat
The Boston Bruins open up the 2011-12 NHL season on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden, one of many games for Boston against elite teams early in the season.
Six of the Bruins' ten games in October are against playoff teams from last year, including home games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens, and San Jose Sharks. The Bruins will also travel on the road on October 15 to take on the Chicago Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010.
After the Bruins practiced Wednesday, Patrice Bergeron spoke about the challenge of playing so many quality team early in the season.
"I think it's a good challenge," said Bergeron. "Those game at home are going to be huge, we play a lot of games at home early."
"It's big points that we gotta have," he added. "It's gonna be huge points when you look at it at the end of the season that we can't avoid, so I think it's going to be a good challenge for us, there's some great teams..."
The Bruins play at home in seven of their 10 games in October, which isn't bad for a team with so few new faces.
Often times when teams have lots of new faces, going on the road and hanging out a lot with each other and bonding really helps develop a strong sense of "team," but the Bruins aren't a club that needs that.
All quotes obtained first hand.
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