|Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson (90) is upended by Boston Bruins right wing Mark Recchi (28) and defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the third period of Washington's 4-1 win in a preseason NHL hockey game in Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) |
"Camp is basically over," said Julien, who was asked if the trip had become a distraction to his wards.
"We’re not going to go to lame excuses, but...there’s been a lot on their plates today, but I’m talking about tonight’s game," he said. "I still think our effort wasn’t a very good effort tonight, and I think they realize it as well.
"We’re in a stage now where we’ve really cut down to our team...(and) we’ve got about nine days or ten days here until the real deal starts.
"We should use that time to make our team better and get ourselves in sync."
The Bruins will have plenty of time to work out the kinks, and will begin practicing in Europe just a couple of hours after landing in the United Kingdom.
"Let’s start working towards putting some lines together and working with them," said Julien. "Tonight we had some pretty good scoring chances, but we didn’t seem to connect.
"There were missed opportunities [and] I know we had a couple of breakdowns that ended up in our net.
"The energy level and the commitment to outworking the other team wasn’t where it should have been tonight."
Julien talked specifically about his returning players.
"Tonight, I think you still saw a few veterans that are still fighting it," said Julien. "We need those guys to get better before we start the regular season.
"We need to understand...the urgency of making sure that we are ready for the first game of the season.
"Our guys and ourselves have to make sure that we have some quality practices put together and help those guys find that level," he said.
Julien said that it might be easier for the club to find that level away from Boston.
"We’re going to Belfast, but then we’re going to be in Prague for the whole week," said Julien. "So, I think there’s going to be a certain stability there
"We’re going to be in the same hotel going to be practicing pretty well in the same rinks, and stuff like that, and I think in a way it won’t be that bad," added Julien. "It will be a little bit like starting on the road at the start of season.
"It will give the guys a chance to spend more time together, but not having them move around so much as what we’ve done so far at the beginning of camp."
That is, if you don't count the 6 hour plane ride, of course.