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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The last time the Bruins walked into the Nassau Coliseum — on Nov. 2 — it did not go well for them in a 3-1 loss. Nor did it go well New Year’s Eve, when the Islanders ended the Bruins’ 2013 on a bad note, beating them at the Garden, 5-3. Now the Bruins have one game left against the team with the third-lowest point total in the Eastern Conference, Monday night, and they’d like to turn their play around against a team that’s cost them four points.
“This is a team that’s a pretty good hockey club,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “They’re young . . . I think they’re really earning the respect of a lot of teams around this league, including us.”