BOSTON, MA -- Like their coach
, the Bruins felt like their play in Saturday's 2-1 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins was nearer to their expectations than recent efforts.
"The thing is the result wasn’t where we wanted it," said defenseman Johnny Boychuk
. "We had our opportunities, but we need to score."
Forward Daniel Paille
agreed with the defenseman.
"It’s still a work in progress, but it’s definitely an improvement from last game," said Paille. "Our effort was there, we’re just still half a second slow on certain steps.
"But you know, we didn’t give them too many chances defensively, but it didn’t seem like we had too many either. We had a lot of shots from our defenseman so it was that type of game today.
"The last two games, we’ve had almost 80 shots and only one goal showing for it," added Paille. "It’s frustrating right now, but thankfully we got a game tomorrow to focus on."
Sunday's game, another matinee in Washington, allowed the B's to immediately shift their focus.
"I think number one, this loss stings," said Head Coach Claude Julien. "Now we have a chance to go into Washington and want to redeem ourselves and win a hockey game.
"So I’m happy that we’re playing tomorrow, I’m looking forward to it.
"Hopefully we can continue to get better as a team, and then get better results," he said.
Defenseman Joe Corvo
had the B's lone goal.
"Yeah today was a much better game," said Corvo. "Probably the best game we have played in a while.
"I thought we did the right things, the things that we talked about doing before the game instead of just abandoning the game plan and not doing things correctly.
"It was definitely a step in the right direction. The guys hate to lose, but then again we feel good about the effort that we put out there.
"Thank goodness we have a game tomorrow and get right back at it," he said.
However there are things that the B's need to correct if they want to turn the tables on their losing skid.
"Just bearing down a little bit more on our opportunities," was Corvo's prescription. "It’s tough when you lose a game 2-1, you don’t statistically lose too many games if you’re just giving up 2 goals.
"I thought we created a lot because we kept getting behind the defenseman and working on them. That’s something we hadn’t done the past couple games."
But the last couple of days have a big "L" next to them, and without a surge in offense, those losses could start piling up.
"Obviously, I think we’ve been getting a lot of chances," said winger Tyler Seguin
. "I don’t know if we’re running into hot goaltenders or we’re just not getting enough people in front of the net.
"But, we’ve got to figure out a way to score some more goals.
"we’re just not finishing right now," added Seguin. "So, hopefully we can pop a couple there in Washington tomorrow and get these goals in bunches."