BostonBruins.com – After the second period of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Head Coach Claude Julien wasn’t so thrilled with his team’s performance.
After jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, the Bruins allowed three unanswered goals in the second period, two of which came on the power play.
But the Bruins charged back at the start of the third period to take a 5-4 lead, and after Philadelphia tied the game again in the third, the Black & Gold squeaked out the win in a shootout.
“Obviously I wasn’t happy as a coach after the second period,” Julien said. “But this is where your team responds and they responded to what I had to say and they went out there and like I said found a way to win.
“I guess we could have hopefully avoided that if we were better in the second, but when you’re not then you have to find a way to dig yourselves out of the hole you dug yourself in and that’s what our guys did tonight.”
Sunday’s contest lived up to the expectations that it was going to be a hard-fought battle, as the teams clashed for 68 total penalty minutes. In the second period, the Bruins committed five of their total of 14.
In the extra frame, the teams battled hard for five minutes before heading to a shootout. With the score tied 1-1 after the second round, the pressure was on Tyler Seguin.
The sharp-skilled forward challenged Ilya Bryzgalov’s glove side, and after a quick backhand deke he snuck the puck between his left leg pad and the post.
“Guys that go into shootouts have to think choices of what they’re going to do, or if they pick their move before, it’s on that goalie,” Seguin said, who scored earlier in the game. “I wanted to go glove side, I saw [Krejci] go down there and shoot there – I thought it was open so I just tried a couple of moves.”
On the ensuing attempt, Tim Thomas stopped Wayne Simmonds attempt to seal the victory.
Although the team came away with two points, Thomas said he’d be happier if the team can get back to playing the hockey they were playing in November and December.
“Well as a goalie, I think I would have preferred to win in a shootout if it was 1-1 or 2-2, but we need to improve,” said Thomas, who made 33 saves. “We know that. We’ve played some really great hockey for the majority of this year, so having some of these games lately, we’re finding ways to get points with wins in a lot of them but it’s not Boston Bruins hockey so I don’t think we’re happy with our effort.
“It is nice before the All-Star break to have some wins under your belt and feel good about yourself, but you want to do it the right way at the same time.”
--- Anthony Gulizia