Bruins hope to bounce back from rare loss

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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.

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.

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