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Julien: Frustrations Got the Better of B's

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Asked what led to his own misconduct penalty during last night's 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said, "I wish I knew. I really wish I knew."

But Julien did know what factors had contributed to the B's lackluster showing on Tuesday night in the TD Garden and it wasn't simply the officiating.

"We have to take responsibility for our own actions here," said Julien, whose club fell to 2-4 on the season.

"In the first period we had some great chances, but we’re not capitalizing," explained the B's bench boss. "And what I see is frustration setting in and the minute we start getting frustrated we lose focus of our game and then it gets worse and worse.

"And that’s been a bit of a pattern this year."

What I see is frustration setting in and the minute we start getting frustrated we lose focus of our game and then it gets worse and worse. - Coach Julien
That pattern is in stark contrast to the mode of the B's efforts during last spring playoffs where a full 60-minute effort was the Black & Gold's trademark, but this fall's Boston Bruins are having trouble with consistency.

Of course 72 minutes (not including Julien's own misconduct) in penalties didn't help.

"If you look back at the Philadelphia game, we start off well in the first period, same thing, didn’t capitalize. And even Colorado, and there’s been some games where we come out of the game well and have some great opportunities to score, but it’s not going in right now and the frustration is getting the better of us," continued Julien. "I think it’s important that we fight our way through it...and obviously I’m not on the ice to hear or see everything that’s going on as far as the misconducts were concerned, but I think we have to take that responsibility upon ourselves and understand that the referees have a job to do.

"And I’m sure I’m going to hear later on what was said or why those things happened. But you know what, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot here.

"We've got to battle through it and, as I mentioned, it’s not what we are. It’s what we’re not right now."

Julien said that right now the B's are simply not focused for 60 minutes.

"We get away from our game," he added. "All of a sudden the passes, the forecheck, the everything, were out of sync."

A prescription for change seems to be in the offing as in the latter stages of last night's penalty marred contest Julien and the B's coaching staff changed up the club's lines.

"Well I was trying to get their focus back. As lines they weren’t doing much, and they were frustrated," said Julien. "We saw guys trying hard, but probably being too 'individual' as players, and other guys that weren’t quite going.

"So we tried to mix them up, tried to get some of the guys going and get them refocused on just doing their job instead of worrying about who they're with and the so-called chemistry.

"It was more about going back to the grind and just doing our job here," he said.

But was Julien hinting at other changes to come at Wednesday's practice in the Garden?

"You try and do things to shake your team up," explained Julien. "They were a frustrated group and again, like I said, we got ourselves back in the game with that big goal to make it two-one, and you're kind of looking at the clock saying we have some time.

"But then we took some ill-advised penalties that just hurt us."
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