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B's Couldn't Take the Momentum Back

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
PITTSBURGH -- Believe it or not, there is a bright side to all of this, even though it might be a tad difficult to see on this cold, snowy, overcast day in Pittsburgh, PA.

With two games in hand on the Canadiens, and thanks to the point the the club garnered by getting to overtime, the B's remain in third place in the Eastern Conference and first in the division.

But as the team began it's journey south, en route to Monday's date with the Penguins, none of the Bruins were taking any solace from the standings.

"Well I thought we played a really good game until we took that penalty late in the third," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame. "We gave up a bad goal and then...we took another bad penalty in overtime.

"We shot ourselves in the foot and those are individual mistakes and things that end up costing you and this is where we have to get better.

"It’s not acceptable to play so well all night and then those things come back and end up costing us our hockey game," he said.

The B's went into the third period 16-0-0 when leading after two and 6-0-2 when Patrice Bergeron gets on the scoresheet.

Bergeron scored both of Boston's goals, but the B's just couldn't hang on.

"A couple turnovers in the third and then we started scrambling and started panicking a little bit for no reason," said the Bruins assistant Captain. "So, you know, obviously it’s definitely not the way we want to end the game and tough way to lose a point against Montreal that we’re battling for the first."

The Habs first goal, from Scott Gomez at 17:38 of the third, definitely tipped the ice in Montreal's direction. But Bergeron said he saw the horitzon tilt previous to the late tally, which was followed by the game-tying goal Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty's overtime game-winner.

"Even before that I thought they had the momentum and we couldn’t find a way to take it back from them," said Bergeron. "I think back on our heels and started to panic."

Despite the B's being outshot 42-29 overall and 18-8 in the third period, Boston goaltender Tim Thomas did his best to shoulder the blame for the momentum shifting first goal.

"I think we played a really good game for the majority of the game, and...they were looking for momentum and they found it that first goal," he said. "It just hit off a couple of skates and bounced sideways as it was on it’s way to me.

"My mind couldn’t catch up with it, you know but you know that’s a save I should have."

So, as the sun rises in Pittsburgh, the B's prepare for practice in the knowledge that a two-minute and twenty-two second lapse in Montreal on Saturday has made Monday's tilt with the Pens that much more important.

"Sometimes momentum changes throughout the game...and, you know you want to settle things down," said Julien in summation. "You’re still up 2-0 nothing at that point and you have control on the game

"But, you know, penalties in the neutral zone, penalties in the offensive zone are penalties that -- especially late in the game like that or in overtime -- you can’t take.

"They found a way to win and we found a way to give it to them," he said.
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