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Bruins Drop Third Game of Road Trip in a Shootout

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Bruins picked up a point but lost to the Thrashers 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday night in Atlanta. Boston came back from an early one-goal deficit, but wasn’t able to score in resulting shootout.

Boston Bruins center Marc Savard (91) and Atlanta Thrashers center Alexander Burmistrov race for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
“We played well enough to win and we should have won that hockey game. I didn’t feel like it even should have gone in to overtime,” Boston Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama. 

“Unfortunately we didn’t bury our chances, we had some quality chances and their goaltender played well but you’ve got to be able to bury those opportunities.” 

The B’s outshot the Thrashers 44-32 but were stifled by Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (42 saves).

“I thought we spend most of the game in their end and it’s an unfortunate combination of maybe not finishing and being able to capitalize on our opportunities and their goaltender playing a pretty good game as well,” Julien said.  

“So you have to give credit to their goaltender for standing tall for their team tonight.”

Both Atlanta goals came on the power-play in a game that was penalty heavy with a total of 10 penalties being whistled.

“I think we controlled the majority of the game, minus when we were in the penalty box that hurt us obviously,” said B’s forward Blake Wheeler.

Despite the final score Boston played a solid game and will look to continue to build the momentum heading into the final stretch of this road trip.

“I think more than anything you scratch your head and ask yourself you know how you don’t get two points,”  Wheeler said. “Sometimes you play half as good and win games 4-0 so that’s the way the game works.”

“We got the chances and you know if we find a way to turn them into goals you know it would have been a different night for sure,” said center Patrice Bergeron who netted the B’s first goal at 14:09 in the first.

The Bruins recently formed line of Lucic-Savard-Horton had their best game so far.

“As a line we… definitely had our best game of the games we’ve played together and you know it’s a step in the right direction,” said Milan Lucic.

“Yeah I think it was better and unfortunately they’re not on the score sheet again tonight but they had some chances,” said Julien. “Hopefully it gets better because obviously we need those guys to score for us.”

The Bruins have five of a possible six points on this road trip and will look to continue the momentum as they head to Buffalo on New Years Day.

“It’s a little disappointing we didn’t come out of it with that extra point but the effort was there tonight and that’s all you can do is build on that and bring it into next game,” Julien said.

Wheeler said he'll take that effort night-in and night-out.

"You know if we play the next fifty some games that way I think we’re going to come out on the right end of it [with] pretty good numbers," he said.

---Hannah Becker
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