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All-Stars See B's Needing a Break

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WASHINGTON, DC -- Before they left for Ottawa, some of the Bruins All-Star participants attempted to explain their clubs' downbeat of a defeat before the NHL's mid-season classic.

"Right now we’re just kind of giving teams goals," said All-Star forward Tyler Seguin. "It’s like we give up pretty much every goal we earned and at least for the first three goals, we kind of just gave it to them.

"Just little mistakes," added Seguin, "something we’ll learn from and move on [from] after this break."

Seguin's captain in Boston (and, pending Thursday's draft, possibly at the All-Star game) agreed.

"It was kind of an even game, but we made some mistakes and they capitalized on them," said All-Star defenseman Zdeno Chara. "For sure, it could be mental, [and maybe] guys tried to do too much - I don’t know.

"It was a good game if we played smart."

But there wasn't much of an "A" game for the B's on this night.

"The way we played tonight - we gave them their goals," said All-Star coach Claude Julien. "There’s no question about that.

"The turnovers from our D -- the type of goals we gave them -- were certainly disappointing for our team tonight."

A downtrodden-looking Seguin was asked if, as a team, the B's had looked past tonight's game and toward their various All-Star break activities.

"I’m not sure. I thought we had a pretty good vibe before the game and in between periods, I don’t think anyone’s heads were really focusing on that," said Seguin. "We all wanted to finish off...with a win and it didn’t work out.

"So, it’s a tough to swallow and I’m sure it’ll be on everyone’s mind for a day or two, but [they'll] enjoy the break and come back strong."

Chara, who will travel to Ontario to serve as one of the All-Star captain, said a break will be good for the rest of the Bruins.

"Yeah, for sure, for sure its good for the guys and for the team," said Chara. "It’s always nice to get a few days off and regroup and recharge and a change of scenery.

"For sure, it’s nice to have a break."

Coach Julien, who will take the reigns of Chara's All-Star team this weekend, hopes his club plays like world-beaters when they return to Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington on Monday.

"Not a good game for us to tend with before the break no doubt," said Julien. "But the positive thing is we got five days to think about that and come back hopefully refreshed, rejuvenated and playing with a lot more energy."
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