BOSTON, MA – A quick glance at the score sheet will tell that the Bruins fell to the New York Rangers in heartbreaking fashion.
With four seconds left in overtime, forward Marian Gaborik put in a rebound as the Bruins fell 3-2 to the Rangers.
However, Head coach Claude Julien refused to be disappointed in his team’s effort.
“It was a good game, it could’ve gone either way and we’re certainly not disappointed in our team,” Julien said. “In our minds we have to find a way to probably generate more offense and this is a stingy team we played tonight.
“Anybody who doesn’t think we played well tonight needs to reevaluate how he looks at the game of hockey because it was a great game played by both teams and certainly what this league is looking for.”
Before Gaborik’s goal, goaltender Tuukka Rask made two desperation saves.
“Yeah it’s a game of inches and we also won the draw and if that puck makes it down the other end of the ice, we’re probably going into a shootout,” Julien said. “But again, they had a few whacks at it and the guy who scored [Marian Gaborik] usually knows in that area what to do with the puck.”
With 3:10 remaining in overtime, defenseman Andrew Ference checked Ryan McDonagh into the boards while chasing a loose puck, resulting in a five-minute major and a game misconduct that left the B’s short-handed for the rest of overtime.
“It was a great game and you don’t want to see a player get injured,” Julien said. “It just made for an unfortunate ending to a great game so that’s basically all I’m going to say right now.”
Although Ference missed the remainder of overtime, he tied the game 1-1 when he scored in the first.
The Rangers took the lead with another goal, but this time defenseman Adam McQuaid
Julien said he was happy with the production from his blueliners.
“Defensively, they’ve been playing pretty well,” Julien said. “They’ve been stifling some teams and we needed them to support the attack. We needed them to move the puck well through the neutral zone and get it in and they did a great job at that.”
Julien was also satisfied with the production of David Krejci’s line, as well as the play of Gregory Campbell’s line, which has played exceptionally well in the past two games.
“It was a continuation of what they did the last game against New Jersey,” Julien said.“I think that line is really turning the corner right now. I like the direction that line is going; they are playing well and making things happen out there.”
However, Julien said that if there was one aspect of the team’s game that didn’t come to fruition, it was the power play.
The Bruins, who’s power play unit ranked 11th in the NHL entering the game, was on the man-advantage four times, but were unable to score.
“We needed our power play to cash in for us and even those outnumbered situations, you have to at least get a shot,” Julien said. “So if we really want to critique our game, that would be the areas I’d critique.”
--- Anthony Gulizia