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Julien Says B's Can Be Better

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien isn't ready to throw in the towel -- not by a long shot -- but that doesn't mean that the B's bench boss was thrilled with his club's performance on Saturday night.


Julien. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
"When you have your best players out there, you've got to execute better," said Julien.

The solution sounds easy enough and shouldn't come as any great shock to anyone who has followed the Bruins this season.

"We've got to get our shots through," said Julien. "We need some traffic...and that's the part that wasn't there.

"The same thing, five-on-five, people are going to say we're okay, but okay isn't good enough at this time of year.

"We need to be better. We know that. That's what we're aiming for for Game 2."

While Julien gave credit to the Lightning for capitalizing on their opportunities on Saturday night, Boston's head coach reminded the press that 85 seconds (or the time that it took for Tampa Bay to score three straight goals) doesn't make a series.

"Let's take time to realize what happened last night," said Julien. "A minute-25, as everybody knows, there's three goals scored and they didn't score until they got that power play goal late in the game. And then an empty-netter.

"Let's not over analyze this situation," he added. "You can do better as a team and not worry so much about the other team."

As fare as the B's correcting their mistakes, Julien said, "If we play a little better, we compete a little harder, we win more battles...it's going to make a big difference because we didn't do that last night.

"It was a pretty close game after those three goals and it could have been different."

NOTES: Concussed forward Patrice Bergeron skated with Strength and Conditioning Coach John Whitesides on Sunday morning...Coach Julien said of the session: "You saw him skate and that's basically where he's at right now. And that's the only update I can give you."

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