|Ottawa Senators forward Alex Kovalev (27) tries to get the puck past Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas (30) as Bruins' Matt Hunwick (48) tries to check from behind during first period NHL action in Ottawa on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand) |
Even Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was at his jovial best prior while he spoke to the Boston and Ottawa hockey media after morning skate.
"I really thought that the biggest thing was the fact that we didn’t look like a really fresh team. We had a team [in the Montreal Canadiens] that was fresh and skates well to start with and we weren’t able to match up with that.
"Besides that, there were mistakes made and I think...those mistakes were also due to maybe fatigue.
"When you don’t skate and you do certain things, you try and cheat in certain areas and the more you cheat the worse it gets, right?
"So, I think it was the whole package of being tired and sometimes as a team, when you’re tired, you’ve got to find a way to at least be smart to compensate for that," added Julien. "I think that’s an area that I would like our team to maybe get better at because, you know, we started a start of 11 [games] in 19 days where we’re going to need to be smart on most of those nights."
Tonight is one of those nights. Ottawa comes into TD Garden tied with the Bruins in points and with a decent 3-3-1 road record.
"I think they’re a very different team than the last time we played them," said Julien. "I know there was a tough game against Vancouver last game, but after our game, I thought they started playing some really decent hockey and...they played with a lot of confidence.
"If anything, I’m anticipating a pretty good game tonight, and a team that usually comes into this building and plays fairly well, also.
The bottom line?
"We’re in no position to even think about getting comfortable against this team," said Julien.
That said, Tim Thomas
, who was the first B's goalie off the ice following the club's pregame skate, stands 17-7-0 with a 2.01 goals against average and a .934 save percentage in 26 career games against the Senators.
Asked what accounted for Tim's success against the Sens, Julien replied, "I don’t have that answer to be honest with you. I mean, he’s played well against them.
"Why? I don’t know, but I like the fact that he is, so you know, I would leave it at that."