|Gregory Campbell, right of Boston Bruins fights with Vernon Fiddler, left, during their NHL hockey match in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. Phoenix won the match 5-2. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) |
"I think to sum it up, I felt our team, when the game was on the line, made too many unforced errors," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "You know, when you give a team like that opportunity like we did, and I think they had at least three breakaways, eventually they'll take advantage of it and they did.
"I think that's where the game was played, especially in the second period. You know, in the first period, they get that first goal, you know, lucky bounce and you can live with that and you can yourself back in the game.
"But what we did was unforced errors and gave them real quality opportunities and they took advantage of it."
B's captain Zdeno Chara
concurred and said his team had come out "flat."
"We couldn’t get anything going, and when we did get some chances, we preferred passing instead of shooting," said Chara. "Maybe we were a little bit nervous too. We were forcing some plays, which is totally uncharacteristic for our team.
"We just have to play our style, be more relaxed and try to force our game playing onto out opponent," he said.
Besides Chara, who before the game extended his contract through the 2017-18 season, two other Bruins had milestone days that were marred by the B's season opening loss.
Veteran NHLer Nathan Horton
and rookie center Tyler Seguin
both played their first games for the Black & Gold.
"Yeah, you know, we wanted ot come out strong and have a good third," said Horton of his two goals in the final stanza. "We were down 4-0, so it would have been nice to get those goals in the first or the second.
"But I mean, we had chances and they got a couple of goals on us.
"It’s just hard to fight back."
Seguin said it was a tough first night.
"Well, it was a bad outcome," said Seguin of his first NHL contest. "It was a pretty tough loss."
But there were positives.
"Well, before the third period, I think everyone maybe woke up," said Seguin. "Everyone got a bit louder in the dressing room and on the bench.
"We really wanted to get some momentum going into tomorrow and I thought we were really successful."
Horton talked about ways the B's could improve their game on Sunday.
"Including myself, I think we were just trying to be too pretty -- trying to get that extra pass in," said Horton. "We turned the puck over a little bit, and, you know, Tuukka [Rask] made some good saves, so it could have been even more than four.
"So, definitely, we’re not happy with, with losing, but you know, tomorrow we’ll come in and try to make it better."