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Frustrated Bruins Face Montreal

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- The B's didn't have a morning skate in Montreal, but no matter what Boston's pregame activities look like, it seems clear that their head coach expects a different look to his team when they face the Canadiens on Thursday night.


"I think at one point we talked about maybe putting more pucks at the net and getting more net-front presence in front of [Ryan] Miller," said Julien, postgame. "That was important for us tonight to try and generate some goals."

But that's just what the Sabres -- make that Buffalo's Drew Stafford -- did to the Bruins.

David Krejci's first period goal was countered 72-seconds later by Stafford's first of three goals, while Michael Ryder's third period goal was matched just 32-seconds later by Stafford's second marker.

"That’s what we needed to do tonight, was after we scored to make sure we kept control of that game," said Julien. "It’s unfortunate, but you know, there’s probably two, three mistakes on that second goal that we didn’t react very well and ended up in our net."

The coup de grace of Stafford's hat trick capper came at 10:55 of the third and put the B's behind for good.

Beyond the Bruins inability to maintain a lead, omnipresent were the penalties (questionable or otherwise) the Black & Gold took at pivotal times during the game and resulted in the two Buffalo power play goals.

Boston's frustrations boiled over to the tune of a late unsportsmanlike conduct call to Milan Lucic and a postgame shoving session between Zdeno Chara and most of the Sabres who happened to be on the ice at the final whistle.

"Well, I think what happened at the end was a little indicative of how our team felt about a lot of things tonight," said Julien. "I thought we had some tough calls and tough non-calls, you know, it didn’t really feel like we were getting much there in regards to that.

"A couple of times even when we were on the power play, they could have gone down 5-on-3 on some tripping penalties, but they weren’t calling them.

"It was frustrating that way," added Julien. "I think where Lucic was frustrated was that tough call that he got and then, you know, the same thing happened to him and they didn’t call it, so he was a little frustrated and certainly not what you want to see from your player at that time of the game.

"It was tough for us to tie that up playing 5-on-5 (minus the goalie) at the end."
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