|Boston Bruins' Blake Wheeler, bottom, tries to push the puck past behind Ottawa Senators' Brian Elliott, right, as Sergei Gonchar, left, of Russia, defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer) |
"We had our chances, but overall I don’t think we played a good team game, so I’m certainly not going to...throw anybody under the bus, but I’m certainly not going to praise our team much either.
"As a group, we didn’t play well."
The Bruins have lost four of their last five games and Saturday's game marked the seventh straight outing in which Boston has been outshot.
B's goalie Tim Thomas
, who had been undefeated, stopped 31 of 33 Ottawa shots and Julien conceded that his goaltender had done almost everything possible to keep the B's in the hunt.
"I certainly don’t fault Timmy," said Julien. "Timmy was good...[and] he kept us in the game and he gave us a chance.
"Even that last goal. I mean, it took a bad bounce off the boards.
"It kind of just exemplified the rest of our game. We weren’t going to get the breaks because I don’t think we deserved them," said the coach.
Julien outlined some of the Bruins issues.
"I think we’ve lost our transition game," he said. "We’re not in sync and that part of it, and it starts from the back end.
"You’ve got to move the puck quick and you’ve got to move it well. Your forwards have to be able to handle those passes, which I thought they struggled with those tonight as well.
"When you’ve got speed and you put the puck in deep and you’ve...got to go and retrieve it, then you’re in sync. Tonight we had none of that. Absolutely none. The transition from the back end was almost non-existent. We couldn’t handle a pass and then when we did end up dumping it, we never put it in an area where we gave our guys a chance to retrieve it," said Julien.
Not wanting to take anything away from Ottawa, the Bruins bench boss also pointed to the Senators and their effort as a large factor in the outcome.
"I think they played a great game," said Julien. "We were just...a bad team tonight and probably looked more like the team that played that first game in Prague."
And so, Sunday morning -- the Bruins usual day off from hockey -- you'll find the Bruins practicing at 11:00 a.m. in Wilmington's Ristuccia Arena.
See you there?