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Bruins hope to bounce back from rare loss

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
precision.

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.

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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
contests.