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A Tough Day...

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien kept his cool while he spoke about the B's disappointing 3-2 loss to the 14th place Islanders on Saturday afternoon in TD Garden, but everything seemed far from okay as the Black & Gold prepared to leave for New York and a date with the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers on Sunday in Madison Square Garden.


Goaltender Tuukka Rask went down in the second period, forward Daniel Paille left the ice in the third stanza and, postgame, Julien's first order of business was to update the press on the health of his roster.

"He’s not making the road trip, that much I can tell you," said Julien of Rask.

And although the head coach had no immediate update on Paille, he said he also thought defenseman Andrew Ference would stay home from the upcoming trip, as well.

The B's already carry two extra defensemen (with Mike Mottau being the healthy scratch on Thursday and Saturday), but shortly after Julien's press conference the B's called up goaltender Michael Hutchinson and forward Lane MacDermid from Providence to fill out the roster for the two-game sojourn to New York and Toronto.

"What can I say? It is what it is," said Julien on the timing of Rask's injury. "You’re hoping to be able to utilize your two goaltenders in this stretch because the next two weeks, there’s about four games per week, but it’s not, so we’ll have to make do some way."

Of the loss, Julien took some solace in his club's play throughout the contest with the Islanders.

"We say the way it is, there’s times we’re not happy with our game, and we’ll show it, but at the same time, you always have to build on the positive," said Julien. "Tonight, we had scoring chances -- we had more than they did, we out-shot them. I thought we were the better team out there, and the thing that hurt is the end result.

"I don’t care where they are in the standings; they play well," added Julien of the Isles. "They’re a good team, a good young team, and today, they skated well.

"It’s a heavy schedule for us, and we’re going into our fourth game [in six nights] tomorrow against a really good team...so we’re going to be challenged again in all areas, and we’ve just got to suck it up and battle through it."

Another positive on the afternoon was problem-free return to the lineup after missing time with a concussion.

"I think the most important thing is the fact that it wasn’t a long-term thing," said Julien. "He felt good before the game, he felt good during the game.

"As far as I know, there hasn’t any issues at all, so hopefully that’s the way it’s going to continue."

But Julien didn't want to continue to talk about any controversy regarding the the Isles final goal.

After a play that looked like it would be blown dead when Tyler Seguin was late to negate an icing in the third, New York's Andrew MacDonald retrieved the puck and began a rush that ended when Tavares tipping the winning goal by Boston's Thomas.

"On the replay, it looks like MacDonald touched it, and that’s what we thought, too," said Julien. "But that puck still went by two of our guys.

"We’ve got to play to the whistle, and you know, maybe it was icing, but, again, we still could have handled it better than we did.

"As a coach, when you see that, you’re arguing about the icing call, it should have happened, but that’s the normal thing to do, but...that doesn’t excuse us from not playing it through, because there was no whistle blown," he said.

Asked if he took comfort in the fact that the B's have little time to dwell on Saturday's loss, Julien said, "You’ve just got to play games and keep playing them.

"Today, if you asked me, we were the better team out there. We didn’t get the best results. Again, secondary scoring is not very apparent right now. We’re leaning on a lot of the same guys to score goals.

"If we can get some secondary scoring, I think it will solve a lot of the issues we have right now in winning hockey games."
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