"To me, it went from good, to bad, to worse," said Julien. "That’s basically what happened to us tonight."
After the B's decisive 4-1 victory on Sunday, a victory over the Washington Capitals, which seemed to signal a return to "Bruins Hockey" the 2nd place B's lopsided loss to the now 12th place Sabres was startling.
"It’s those kinds of things that we're not used to seeing from our hockey club," said Julien of the B's disjointed look.
"It certainly opens your eyes as far as knowing what can happen when you do lose your focus like that."
The loss of focus was in stark contrast to what Julien had seen just one game earlier.
"I was encouraged by obviously the Washington game, and I was encouraged by the first period," explained Julien. "Even though we were own 2-0, I think we had some great scoring chances."
But Boston didn't capitalize on any opportunities besides a called-back game-tying tip in by Lucic at 11:40 of the first period and Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller stopped everything else he saw for a 36-save shutout.
"That’s disappointing because that’s a 1-1- hockey game at that point – but certainly not the reason that we lost the game tonight," said Julien. "There was a heck of a lot more to it than that."
"We had a tough call against us when that goal was taken back from us, but still when they score second, third goal we probably needed some saves at that time to keep us in the game and we didn’t get them tonight...and things just got worse."
Starter Tuukka Rask
was pulled in the second period after yielding 3 goals on 10 shots, but Tim Thomas
(3 goals against on 19 shots) wasn't able to stem the Sabres offensive onslaught.
"Guys started getting away from the game plan," said Julien. "Frustration caught up to us and when it does it doesn’t help our hockey club."