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Bruins Frustrated With Lack of Sustained Effort

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

MONTREAL - The Bruins went into Thursday night at the Bell Centre looking to rebound from a tough 6-1 loss the night before in Toronto.

"I don't think there is a right place to get back on the bike, except to get back on it," Head Coach Claude Julien said an hour before puck drop. "It was a real off night for us [in Toronto] in all areas."

The team scrapped that game, and tried not to consumed by the frustration.

"The biggest thing is to show the character that you have as a group and bounce back with a much better game," Julien said.

The Bruins did that for 20 minutes in Montreal, before collapsing in the second period and then not pushing back in the third, as they fell 5-1 for their second straight loss.

"We played the way we wanted to play [in the first] and we got the results we wanted to after one period," Julien said following the loss. "But to make a long story short, we weren't able to sustain it."

Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead with four minutes left in the first, when Dougie Hamilton scored just three seconds into a power play after a faceoff win by Patrice Bergeron.

Niklas Svedberg kept the score in tact, robbing Max Pacioretty all alone in front within the final minute of the first.

The second period was a different story.

Dale Weise hopped on a Carl Soderberg turnover inside the Bruins' blueline at 2:31 into the period, and then was taken down by Dennis Seidenberg in front of the net. On the ensuing penalty shot, Weise cashed in, beating Svedberg five-hole.

"I think obviously it was a tough second period for us," said Svedberg, who started his first career game against Montreal, with Tuukka Rask serving as the backup. "And we've got to keep playing, even if we let a goal in, you know?"

"We were ready for a big game and then I think in the first period, we came out and were playing great and then I think in the second, it was downhill, penalties and mistakes and everything," said Hamilton.

"Just frustrating that we could come out so hard and play so well in the first, and then just kind of let it all [slip] away."

The Habs then struck for two goals within 1:57 to go up 3-1, as the game began to slip away from the Bruins. Boston was outshot 16-5 in the period.

"You know, it's about really showing some character and being resilient after you get scored on," said Patrice Bergeron. "We got the first period we wanted, we came out on top, and it's going to happen in games where you're going to get scored on."

"It's about how you respond - and we didn't do that."

The Bruins ended up in the box more times than they would like in the second, and though they didn't allow a power play goal in the period, it took away any momentum they were trying to generate.

With about 5:00 left in the period, Svedberg was under siege on the penalty kill, and the Bruins came out of it unscathed.

They then had their own power play chance to end the second and start the third as P.K Subban went to the box for cross-checking Milan Lucic after the Bruin landed a heavy open-ice hit. But they couldn't convert, or generate momentum.

"You know, for the most part, teams that have to go through these kind of situations, normally grow from it and that's what we hope we can do here," said Julien.

"We need to get better, we know that, and a little bit of adversity - or a lot of it, whatever you want to call it - you need to use it to your advantage and hopefully grow from those kind of things and you've got to rectify the issues there."

"If we can play the first period the way we did and not be able to sustain it for two periods, it's not because your game plan isn't working. It's because you're not able to sustain your focus for 60 minutes right now."

Defensively, the Bruins obviously had a tough outing, allowing too many quality scoring chances, especially from the slot.

The top defensive tandem of Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton had a particularly rough night.

After Weise's penalty shot, a miscommunication behind the Bruins' goal between the pair ended with Lars Eller backhanding the puck past Svedberg.

Pacioretty then sniped a shot past Svedberg's glove off the rush to make it 3-1 with about five minutes left in the second, after a two-on-two formed against Seidenberg and Hamilton.

The next dagger for the duo came when they had trouble breaking cleanly out of the zone, the Habs' forecheck forced pressure on them, and David Desharnais threw a puck at the net, with it deflecting off Hamilton's and then Pacioretty's skate into the back of the net.

"Obviously we were way too loose and way too many breakdowns in our own zone, giving them shots in the slot," said Seidenberg. "I mean, we didn't help out Sveddy at all. Had a good first period and after that, it was just not good enough."

"We started turning pucks over. Again, too many breakdowns. I was on the ice for three goals, I want to say? I don't even know anymore," the clearly frustrated blueliner added. "It's just, we have to do a better job playing stronger hockey and helping out our goalie."

"The three goals against - in the play with all those, so that's three mistakes, and have to be better," added Hamilto.

Seidenberg and Hamilton, along with the line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith, were each a minus-3 on the night.

"It's just, as a whole team, as a unit, we're all struggling," said Hamilton. "I think we showed that we can play better and in the first period, I thought we were good."

"But definitely a pretty upsetting and frustrating road trip."

With a 4-1 game in the third, the Bruins still had 15 minutes to get something going. But they were outshot 12-6 in the third, and 28-11 through the final 40 minutes.

"I mean, it wasn't our best game, but it's always a team effort," said Svedberg. "And I think today, we weren't good enough."

The Bruins have a lot of work ahead of them, but they're going to need to figure out quickly how to get "back on the bike."

"It's about character, resiliency and making sure we battle through it," Bergeron said. "I mean, definitely not the way you want to have a road trip."

"But that being said, we have to come out of it on top and learn from it."

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