COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 17: Vinny Prospal #22 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is an award in recognition of his 1,000th NHL game by Jim Gregory, NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations prior the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 17, 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
We don't have any excuses tonight. Excuses are for losers. We've played with five defensemen before and it didn't affect us. We just had a bad second period and it cost us the game. We have to look in the mirror and blame ourselves.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on his team's play with the loss of defenseman Johnny Boychuk