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Bruins Not Satisfied

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
OTTAWA -- Despite the Bruins 5-2 victory, and perhaps with an eye toward Saturday's matinee with the powerful Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien was not satisfied with his club's effort during Wednesday's game in Ottawa versus the Senators.

"Let’s not kid ourselves. I’m not sure we were the better team tonight," said Julien after the game. "I guess as a team -- and not because of injuries -- we’re going through a bit of a challenge now.

"I don’t think we’re executing well, I don’t think we’re battling as well as we should be and part of that is our emotions are not as good as they were when things were going well.

"We need to pick up our game here," added Julien. "It’s been a long stretch here with very few losses and eventually it becomes a bit of a challenge.

"We’ve got to try and find a way to overcome that."

Even without energy-line center Gregory Campbell (foot) and Captain Zdeno Chara (lower body); Julien thinks his team can play a smoother, more consistent game.

"We are missing [Chara] in ways that he plays big minutes against big players, but right now we just have to look at our game — and it has nothing to do with Zee, more than it has to do with every one of our players right now.

"[We’re] just letting our game slip a little bit and just not being at the top of it."

That said, Boston did get contributions from throughout the team's lineup to push the Bruins winning streak to three games.

Forwards Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille (with two) each contributed goals to the B's wining effort, but even those players agreed with their coach when it came time to break down the win.

"They did a good job getting the puck to the net," said Kelly of the Senators 49 shots on winning goalie Tim Thomas. "I think their focus was to throw everything at the net.

"They might not have all been great scoring opportunities, but like I said, give them credit. They found a way to get the puck to the net and almost had 50 shots."

Paille pointed to a very slow start.

"Well we realized that the first period was not our best," he said. "They came out stronger than we did and they definitely had better legs.

"We came here and gave ourselves a pat on the back and started to work harder.

"We did a little bit better in the second and obviously we [capitalized] in the third," said Paille.

But the impetus for the B's offensive outburst might have come from a player whose name was in the penalty portion of the score sheet and Julien used Milan Lucic's fight with Matt Carkner to illustrate what he feels has been missing from the Bruins game -- emotion.

"I think that had a lot to do with it," said Julien of the win. "I think we were so flat that when that happened and he got challenged, he responded well and we scored shortly after that.

"We almost needed that. The ice just seemed to be tilted in one direction there in the first half of that first. We seemed to pick up a little bit of our game late in the first, but certainly it wasn’t a period to be real happy about."

Julien, who gave the Bruins Thursday off, no doubt finds solace in the fact that his team hasn't stopped to pat themselves on the back for a 17-2-1 record over their last 20 games.

"To be honest I didn’t know that," said Kelly when asked about the positive stretch. "I think that’s maybe a good thing - that we’re just playing.

"There’s still points of our game that we can get better at, I think, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing."
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