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Julien Looks for Consistent Effort

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien sounded more disappointed than angry following the B's 5-3 setback to the Washington Capitals.

"We kept turning pucks over to the neutral zone," began Julien. "We were forcing passes...[and] I thought the puck was being turned over [that way], so you know, we weren't getting any momentum and weren't getting much speed through the neutral zone."

Julien briefly noted a couple of bright spots for the Black & Gold.

"We kind of figured out that we had to get some pucks behind them and start playing north-south a little bit more and all of a sudden momentum started shifting our way," said Julien. "Obviously, our battle back was pretty good against a team like that and we gave ourselves a chance."

Forwards Michael Ryder, Nathan Horton and Shawn Thornton scored in succession in the third period to tie the game 3-3 with 10:19 left in regulation.

"Two of their guys ran into each other," said Thornton of his goal. "I saw that and I just tried to get behind on the other side.

"[Brad Marchand] made a great pass to me and it was a 2-on-1 with [Tyler Seguin] and I guess the goalie thought I was going to throw it over to Seggie.

"If I hung onto it for a half a second I pretty much had half the net to throw it in."

Julien was somewhat pleased with his club's pluck in the third, but acknowledged it was too little too late.

"It would have been nice to come out here with at least a point," said Julien. "It didn't happen."

There were plenty of reasons why the B's were saddled with the loss, but a consistent effort over 60-minutes certainly would have mitigated some of Boston's issues throughout the night.

"You know, it's the kind of situation when you play 20-minutes of a 60-minute game -- the way you should -- you're not going to win too many of those," said Julien.

"It took us a while to figure out what we had to do there, although the plan was pretty clear."

Julien also clarified his thoughts on his decision to pull Tim Thomas after two periods and a 3-0 deficit.

"Well, let's put it that way. It had nothing to do with Tim."

Boston takes on St. Louis in TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night.
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