ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 23: Nik Antropov #80 of the Atlanta Thrashers carries the puck during the preseason game against the Nashville Predators at Philips Arena on September 23, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/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