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Greetings from Ristuccia Arena

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  January 24, 2013 11:54 AM

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WILMINGTON --- Greetings from Ristuccia Arena where the sheet of ice remained in pristine condition after the Bruins opted not to skate following Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime loss against the Rangers in New York.

The Bruins did their work off-ice in preparation for Friday night's game against the visiting New York Islanders.

"There was some negative and some positive,'' Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday when asked what was his initial takeaway from Wednesday's night's loss in New York, where his team rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit to salvage a point,

"Our start was not necessarily the start that we wanted,'' Julien said. ``We didn't execute very well and we didn't handle their desperation the way we should have, but we did a great job of getting ourselves back into it and getting a hard-earned point. I thought through the adversity we faced in the early going that the guys redeemed themselves well.

"It was nice to see that nobody hung their head and we just dug in there.''

Juilen gave the team the day off from skating, but indicated that if the team had practiced defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, who has sat out the last two games with a lower-leg injury, would have likely skated with the team.

"Again, he's been a day-to-day situation and that hasn't changed,'' Julien said. "You know if he's practicing you know he's that close [to returning], but a lot of it at this time of year is about us making the right decision for the long haul vs. the short term.''

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