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Perhaps the familiarity of home will help the Boston Bruins bounce back from two straight lopsided road defeats.

Looking to get back on track, the Bruins hope to continue their recent success against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday when they try for a fifth consecutive home victory.

Boston (10-8-0) outscored its opponents 18-9 during a five-game win streak it abruptly followed with back-to-back losses at Toronto and Montreal by a combined score of 11-2.

"For the most part, teams that have to go through these kind of situations normally grow from it, and that's what we hope we can do here," coach Claude Julien said. "We need to get better - we know that.

"And a little bit of adversity - or a lot of it, whatever you want to call it - you need to use it to your advantage and hopefully grow from those kind of things and you've got to rectify the issues there."

The improvement can start in the Bruins' own zone after they allowed the Maple Leafs and Canadiens to go a combined 4 for 9 on the power play.

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Tuukka Rask was pulled Wednesday at Toronto after allowing four goals on 16 shots. Niklas Svedberg yielded the other two in that contest and all five on 34 shots while starting Thursday at Montreal.

"It's just, we have to do a better job playing stronger hockey and helping out our goalie," defenseman Dennis Seidenberg told the Bruins' official website.

The Bruins, however, have yielded seven goals and no more than two in a single contest while going 4-0-0 at home this month. Rask has posted a 1.73 goals-against average while in net for each of those games.

Boston's goals at Toronto and Montreal came from defensemen, but center Patrice Bergeron has two with four assists during the home winning streak, while fellow forward Carl Soderberg has a goal in two straight there.

The Bruins outscored the Hurricanes 12-4 while sweeping three meetings in 2013-14, and own a 14-5 scoring advantage during their three-game home winning streak against them.

David Krejci had a goal and three assists versus Carolina last season, but it's uncertain if he'll play after missing the last three games with a lower-body injury.

Carolina (5-7-3) opened 0-6-2 before putting together an impressive 5-0-1 stretch that preceded Thursday's 3-1 home loss to Winnipeg.

"We know we're going to have a tough battle in Boston," goalie Cam Ward told the Hurricanes' official website. "We're going to have to be ready and much better than we were (Thursday).

"It just seemed that things weren't going our way. We were a bit out of sync."

Though Carolina lacked rhythm in its overall game, it recorded a power-play goal in a fourth straight contest when Elias Lindholm tied the game early in the second period.

Lindholm, who scored nine goals in 58 games as a rookie last season, has totaled all six and two of his three assists over the last seven contests.

Ward, who stopped 34 shots Thursday, is 5-1-0 with a 1.49 GAA since opening 0-3-1 with a 3.95 GAA. He has a 3.74 GAA during an 0-3-1 stretch against the Bruins.


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