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Coach Julien Knows B's Can Do Better

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- Bruins head coach Claude Julien did his best to hide his frustration, but it's clear that he believes that his team is better than the one point they garnered from the Eastern Conference best Ottawa Senators over this past weekend.

"Well I thought we had a pretty good start, (and were in) pretty good control there for most of the first period," he explained to the media gathered for his post game press conference Sunday evening. "Then, all of a sudden, penalties come in to kind of take away the momentum- although I think our penalty killers tonight did an outstanding job (Ottawa was 1 for 11 on the PP).

"But (taking penalties) definitely takes away your team’s momentum and gives the other team some momentum. Eventually I think we seemed to tire out at the end.

"Again, we were facing what is, right now, the best team in the NHL, and we certainly know where we need to get better," he said.

Yes, the Bruins need to get better, but the bright side is that they hung with the mettle of the NHL for the better part of six periods -- thanks in great part to Tim Thomas.

"Yes, he did (come up with another big effort)," said Julien. "Timmy is a reason why we were in the game pretty well the whole time.

"He kept us in there and made some big saves. He kept us in the lead as long as he could. And then, we gave up that shorthanded goal, which to me was a back-breaker."

The Bruins are three games into a nine game stretch of Northeast division opponents and are 1-1-1. Coach Julien clearly believes that they are better than that .500 record.

"It would have been nice to maybe get a little more from this back to back against Ottawa," he said. "(Saturday), although we really got out-played, with six minutes left we were still in the position to pull out at least a point. And those kind of things, we have to realize the importance of those situations and even sometimes you’re allowed to get points out of games maybe you don’t deserve because we’ve lost points in games I thought we deserved.

"Philadelphia should have definitely been a win for us here that night and it didn’t happen. So it’s disappointing, and a bit of a heart-breaker because the guys deserve better (but) we were in a position to at least come out with a point (on Saturday night), and then we would have had two points out of the series."

The bottom line is that the Bruins are not in a position to waste opportunities for points, especially when they have the talent to play with the big boys. In fact, asked how he thought the club measured up, using the Senators as the proverbial "measuring stick," Claude said that he wasn't going that route.

"I don't think we really want (to have) a measuring stick," said Julien. "I don't think we are intimidated by them, I just think we need to do some things a little better.

"When we played the way we're supposed to or reacted the way we were supposed to…our team was pretty good. We were moving the puck well. They weren't generating too much offense.

"But, again, momentum ended up shifting."

Here's hoping that the B's can shift that momentum back in their favor against the Sabres on Wednesday.
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