|Boston Bruins' Tim Thomas looks up at the scoreboard after a goal by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, in Boston. The Hurricanes won 3-0. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) |
During his post game talk with the press that followed Friday's 3-0 matinee loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, a frustrated head coach Claude Julien pointed to a couple of culprits in the Black & Gold attack.
"Our execution got very poor here during the course of the game and obviously our special teams...were unacceptable tonight and that’s basically the story of the game today," he said.
The Bruins were scoreless on the power play (0/4), while the Hurricanes capitalized on each of their three opportunities. Boston has now scored just twice on their last 15 PP opportunities and are 13/78 on the campaign (16.7%). The Bruins allowed three power play goals in a single game for the first time since Montreal went 3 for 7 on Apr. 9, 2009.
"Obviously special teams had a big part [of the loss]. The power play is supposed to, [even] if they don’t score, give you momentum," explained Julien. "Although at the end it got a little better...when we really needed it in the second period, they didn’t make good plays.
"Your best players should be able to execute with tape-to-tape passes and that wasn’t happening.
"Your penalty kill is supposed to bail you out and they’ve done a pretty good job throughout the year," continued Julien. "But tonight, when you give them three goals on three attempts, that’s unacceptable.
"And then...progressively, the rest of our game just seemed to fall apart. Sometimes those kinds of things take momentum away from your team and you end up suffering after that."
Boston was also suffering from snake bite throughout the game, as Cam Ward stopped shot after shot and earned a 37-save shutout.
"We had lots of chances," said Julien. "It’s unfortunate that we didn’t score, and again, you don’t play and get as many shots, as many chances that you have without scoring goals with a goaltender being really good at the other end, and he deserves a lot of credit.
"He was good. But at the same time, you’ve got to take responsibility. You’ve got to find ways to score goals.
"[But] give him credit. He was really good tonight."
Concurrently, Carolina was able to confound the B's attack throughout the proceedings.
"Once they got that lead, that two-goal lead, they just made sure that everything was out of their end and tried not to get themselves in trouble," said Julien. "The minute we cracked, it was back in our net again."
As his press conference wound down, Julien's focus turned to the B's starts.
"It’s more about creating the lead because we haven’t been a team that’s given up the lead much, as you know," said Julien. "Now I think it’s probably what, that tenth time in twelve games that we’ve given up that first goal? That’s probably more of a concern.
"Tonight we played well enough in the first that we should have come out with that lead, and we didn’t."