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Bruins Fall in Los Angeles

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins - Monday night, in the Bruins final road game before the All-Star break, the Boston Bruins fell to the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 at the Staples Center.

Boston Bruins center David Krejci, left, and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar watch the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
In contrast to the B's 6-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, the Bruins spent the majority of the game holding off their opponent's offensive pressure.

“It was one of those situations where I didn’t think we got enough scoring chances," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien told NESN’s Naoko Funayama following the game. "And, you know, we needed to get more traffic in front of the net and we didn’t do a good enough job of that either.“

Boston did put 34 shots on goal, but the Kings goaltender, former UMass-Amherst standout Jonathan Quick (34-saves), kept the Bruins off the scoreboard and earned the shutout. 

“We didn’t generate enough shots and traffic in front of the net and consequently we didn’t get that many scoring opportunities and I thought that really hurt us,” Julien told NESN.

The Bruins found themselves down by a single goal early when LA's Ryan Smyth netted a rebound at 10:50 in the first period.

Shortly thereafter, Bruins beat cop Shawn Thornton took on King’s tough guy Kyle Clifford in an effort to try and pick up the Bruins intensity, but Boston wasn’t able to rebound. 

Early in the third period, LA struck again when Andrei Loktionov buried just his second of the year 3:30 into the period.

The Bruins did pick up their intensity following the goal, and fired 14 third period shots to the Kings’ nine in the third, but the Black & Gold wasn't able to find any holes in QUick or the LA defense.
“You've gotta give credit to the other team,” Julien said, postgame. “And then [on] our end you gotta take the blame.”

The Bruins return to Boston on Tuesday and take on the Florida Panthers on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at TD Garden.

---Hannah Becker
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