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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- When the Bruins snuck out of the Wells Fargo Center with a 6-5 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, Head Coach Claude Julien looked back at the second period and thought his team could have given a better effort.

But despite giving up three goals in the second frame, the B’s still pulled it out and found a way to win.

However, the Black & Gold weren’t so fortunate this time and after a sluggish third-period, they fell to the Washington Capitals 5-3 Tuesday in their last game before the All-Star break.

“We were slower than them on the puck, and certainly half a step behind for most of the night,” Julien said. “You’re not going to win hockey games like that. I thought our first period was ok, we went in there played a smart game, but you know the second period we started giving pucks away. We were battling our way back into the game – just the way we gave them the goals."

After the first 40 minutes, the Bruins (31-14-2) were tied with the Capitals 3-3 after forward Brad Marchand tipped in a rebound late in the second period. 

But the Capitals (26-19-3) pulled away in the final 20 minutes as Mathieu Perreault scored his third goal of the night – the second hat trick allowed by Boston in consecutive games – and Dennis Wideman lofted home an empty netter.

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was in tune with Julien, and felt the team came up short in the third period.

“I don’t know if we have enough effort in the third period to tell you the truth, maybe some guys were tired but that’s an excuse,” forward Shawn Thornton said. “I think everybody could have been a little bit better to maybe get some type of support, or execution, but I don’t know if we had everybody going for the last 20 – I think if we did have that we might’ve had a better result.”

Thornton was quick to take the blame for Perreault’s prolific night, but also gave the Caps forward credit for playing well.

“Yeah, I mean a couple decisions I make – I was on the ice for two of them too,” he said. “The first one I thought I had it on the wall and I have no idea how it still got by me.

"The shot from outside finds a way. When you have night you’re scoring a hat trick, sometimes you need those breaks and he got them, but he played hard tonight so I give him credit.”

Goaltender Tuukka Rask faced 22 shots, but he said he wasn’t happy with his performance when he was challenged.

“I thought we matched their pace pretty good and played a good game,” Rask said. “I mean they didn’t have too much offense going, I just had a few chances and they scored pretty much for all those.

“Again, I have to look myself in the mirror on those goals.”

Rask, who is still tied for the league lead with a .938 save percentage, will have plenty of time to check himself over the All-Star break.

“Just a tough loss to end it like this,” Rask said. “But we just have to head into the break, regroup and get back on track.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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