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B's Game Lacked Fire

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON, MA -- They can't all be pretty, but it sounds as if Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien wouldn't mind seeing some art in the near future after his Black & Gold outlasted the depleted Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night.

"Can’t say I’m pleased with the way we’ve been playing lately," said Julien, whose club finished a their recent home stand 3-1. "We’re starting to get a little bit sloppy in our plays and decision-making, and a lot of turnovers, and from the back end, we turned a lot of pucks over during our breakouts and gave them some pretty good scoring chances."

Boston built a tenuous 2-0 lead thanks to a bad bounce off the end boards in the first period, which left Montreal goaltender Carey Price out of position and unable to field a shot from B's rookie call up Jordan Caron.

Similarly, B's left wing Milan Lucic found himself in the right place at the right time during the third period as he fought for a slow feed from linemate Nathan Horton and backhanded an even slower putt by Price.

During the game, Montreal traded forward Michael Cammalleri, but found a way to make the contest close with their own third period goal from Yannick Weber.

However, despite the Canadiens efforts, Julien admitted that the B's versus Habs rivalry didn't live up to its advanced billing on this night.

"They’ve got a lot going on right now, and I think their situation is a little bit different," said Julien. "Again, it takes two teams to engage, right? And right now, I think they’ve got other things on their minds.

"I haven’t felt the same energy, but yet the results of the game are very similar, so when we do beat them, we don’t beat them by much, and vice-versa.

"But certainly, it doesn’t have the same flare it had maybe a year ago," he said.

And although the Bruins are now 25-4-1 since October, Julien doesn't feel like his team has brought the same kind of heat as they did in November and December.

"Like I said, you can’t just be happy with wins," explained Julien. "You’ve got to be happy with the way you play [too]. And sometimes you lose, and you play hard, and you can come up here and say, 'You know what, we gave it a good effort, and the team played a little bit better, and they were good.'

"Tonight, I’d have to say that we didn’t play well - not well enough.

"And the turnovers and the sloppiness and not getting pucks in and, you know, not being strong on the puck," continued Julien. "They’re a smaller team than we are, but yet, they won more battles than they should have.

"So we look at small details of our game in order to make us the better team, and those are the details that we’re kind of picking on tonight."

Boston begins a four game road trip to Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay and New Jersey on Friday and Julien hopes that his team leaves their current mindset back in New England.

"So we certainly have to pick up our game a little bit if we plan on going on the road and having some success," he said.
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