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A Case of the Mondays?

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Montreal Canadiens Mikhail Grabovski, right, from Germany, scores past Boston Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez during third period NHL hockey action Monday, Oct. 22, 2007 in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-1.

The Bruins arrived home early Tuesday morning minus a winning streak and certainly a little annoyed with themselves.

Was it a case of the Mondays?

Perhaps, but as a wise man once said, you can get beat up for saying a thing like that -- especially in a hockey locker room.

No, judging by the quotes given by the Bruins following their 6-1 loss to the Canadiens last night in Montreal, the Black & Gold know that they have some work to do before they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday

And chances are decent that the club has a pretty good idea of what they need to fix.

"I think we have said (all) along that this is a very humbling game," said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien. "Just when you think you are on top, you realize that you can come back down to Earth pretty quick.

"I think we did that tonight."

It's unfortunate, but true.

Riding a four game win streak into the Bell Centre, the B's were unable to sustain their momentum through the road game and made mistakes that fans of the team haven't seen since the exhibition docket.

"There is a little laundry list of things that led to their goals and us not creating any of our own," said B's defenseman Andrew Ference. "Two-on-one goals, they had a couple of those and (there were a few) where we were a little out of position. 

"As we saw in preseason, they are a very good team at sending forwards with speed and creating odd-man rushes, so it wasn’t a surprise going into the game."

Coach Julien, a teacher at heart, expects that his team came away educated.

"If anything you hope your team can learn from that (type of game)," he said.  "We had a decent start but we were unable to sustain it. 

"When you get behind it is even more important to keep your composure and slowly battle back. Instead we started missing chances and made bad decisions that put them in positions to score."

Goalie Manny Fernandez traveled to his hometown and was making just his third start of his Bruins career.

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien yells out during a break in play next to Glen Metropolit, left, and Patrice Bergeron during third period NHL hockey action Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in Montreal.
"I think it sums up my beginning of the season a little bit," explained Fernandez.  "(It wasn't) a lot of shots, but the shots (that are on goal) are slipping through.

"They are bang-bang plays where I think I’m in position and they get through anyways."

The B's coach put the bottom line on the night succinctly.

"Their goaltender made a couple of real good saves and those faceoffs that we talked about led to their first two goals and they seized the momentum of the game."
Fair enough, Coach.

And Fernandez has the prescription for a turnaround. No doubt talking about his own game, Manny's script holds true for the rest of the club.

"It is tough mentally at this moment but I think I need to relax a little bit and get back into the right frame of mind."

The Bruins head back to practice in the Garden at 11:30.
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