|Julien. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) |
"We had all the reasons in the world to want to compete tonight—an opportunity to move up five spots," said Julien, postgame. "We didn’t have enough guys going tonight, there’s no doubt there. Our compete level, that needed to be better.
"At the same time, whatever scoring opportunities we had, we have to show a little bit more hunger in the finishing department. Because we had some chances and maybe if we finished on a few of those, you got a different game.
"But, you know, we've got to be a lot better than that and right now we got to find that intensity and that emotion that is needed for us to compete the way we want to compete," he said.
Boston had 45 shots, but certainly many of those did not represent quality scoring chances.
"We want some better quality scoring chances and obviously some better finish," said Julien. "We had a couple of chances in close there late in the third, but still, you need to bury those chances and you need be harder on the puck.
"Those little things, those little details that we’re talking about, make a big difference in the game."
Julien tried to make some changes on the fly.
"We needed to move some guys around. We didn’t have everybody going tonight," said Julien of his in-game line changes. "And it’s unfortunate. [Lucic] was by far our best forward tonight, but we needed more than Luch going. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get a better—I’m disappointed.
"I’m really disappointed in our effort tonight and it’s not something that we should be proud of and we should be willing to try and redeem ourselves next game and find some emotion and more intensity in our game."
But as of Monday night, Julien wasn't sure what methods the coaching staff would employ going forward.
"There’s been times where coaches have turned around and done something fun the next day," said Julien. "Just when everybody thinks there should be punishment and you do something fun, it kind of, not shocks them, but surprises them. All of a sudden, you take a little bit of the tension away and they come out the next game, they’re a little looser and more hungry.
"There’s other times when you have to go into practice and really grind it out and give it a stern message, and I think that’s the thing that we have to figure out here.
"What are we going to do, I guess, as a coaching staff to rectify that, and obviously we have to do that with our play as well...and some of the decisions we’re making out there have to be better," he said.