As Dave Lewis strode into his usual post game press conference yesterday, each member of the media was surely thinking the same thing.
Looking at the box score this morning you see two early goals from Mark Mowers and 51 saves from starting goalie Tim Thomas
. Generally that’s a recipe for a victory in the Garden.
No so yesterday, as with less than 10-seconds left in sudden death overtime, Philly’s Scottie Upshall took a loose puck out of a scramble in front of the Flyers bench, beat the Bruins back into their zone and deposited the puck behind Thomas.
After the game, Lewis had high praise for Thomas, Mowers and not much else.
"Tim was outstanding," said Lewis. "I don’t think a goaltender can put on a better performance than that.
"(He) and Mark Mowers won the point for us."
That should leave fans in Vermont and New Hampshire happy (along with those cities competing for an Eastern Conference playoff berth). As for the rest of us, including the Coach -- not so much.
"We have to compete at a higher level," said Lewis, in a succinct evaluation of the evening.
"We got outworked in certain areas -- out-chanced," he said. "I want us to be harder to play against in our zone and they controlled a lot of the territorial play.
"We need to get into players faces more and make it harder for them to come hard to our net and harder for them to attack us.
"And saying all that, we (did) not deserve a point, but like I said, Tim Thomas
and Mark Mowers were the reason we got a point," said Coach.
Lewis called the 55-shot total for Philadelphia, "Ridiculous."
"There were some communication issues," explained Lewis.
And that’s understandable given the number of new players on the squad. But it’s no excuse for two games worth of shots on goal.
"We don’t have the luxury of time to practice and practice and practice," said Lewis. "We have to correct it on (Friday) because we have back-to-back games and one of them is Montreal and then we go into (New) Jersey."
After a few seconds of thought, Lewis added, "The level of competition has to rise. It has to rise dramatically."
What in particular does that mean?
"I’m talking about battles in front of our net," said Lewis, by now on an angry roll. "Guys finishing checks on a regular basis (and players) competing at a higher level in front of our net, in the corners, in our zone and doing the right things."
"That’s a mindset. I don’t think our mindset was correct for tonight’s game.
"It was totally ridiculous and unacceptable. It’s something that just drives you nuts as a coach -- knowing the importance of who you are playing, the game, the situation and the standings. All of those things that have been talked about by (the press), by (the organization), by the players.
"And we come out in the second period and play like that."
Dave’s synopsis of the entire evening: "We got outworked."
And it sounds as if the Bruins will be making up for some of that at practice today.