"Well I think the second period was a bad period for us in the offensive zone," said Julien, just barely keeping the frustration at bay. "We had no sustained pressure, no puck time in there.
"Besides [Patrice Bergeron
's] line right now there wasn’t much going on, I think we might have had a couple of scoring chances at best and that’s not going to do it."
As per usual in the B's current mode of play, there were a couple bright spots, including David Krejci
's first goal in nine games, but not enough to shine through the gloom in and around the Bruins locker room after one of the more disappointing losses of the season.
"We can’t, for some reason, find [ways] to win two games in a row," said Krejci, whose goal tied the game early in the third period. "We felt pretty good after we scored that second goal, but I think from there we kind of sat back and we can’t do that.
"We have to play to win and we came up short today. We have to be better next game."
And according to Bergeron, inconsistency is the best way to label the B's issues.
"Obviously it’s way too much up and down right now," he said. "It’s not even close to the effort that we need right now. Like I said before, we’re working hard but we’re not working smart and it hurts us so much when we do that. We get away from our game, get away from our system and that’s when they have chances and they score."
"We've got to find a way," said Bergeron. "We've got to find answers."
That effort to find answers will continue in Minnesota on Saturday, where the B's will practice at 12:30 p.m. in Minneapolis' Wakota Arena.
"If you don’t spend much time there that means you’re spending time in your own end," said Julien. "Poor mistakes in our D zone coverage left those guys wide open."
Asked about his performance, B's goalie Tuukka Rask
, who is 0-4-1 in his last five games said, "Today, when I should’ve made those saves I wasn’t there."
But Coach Julien didn't want to hear about pinning the loss solely on his goalie, or any one player for that matter.
"Well yeah I think we’ve seen Tuukka better," Julien said to the gathered press. "But guys, everybody has to be better.
"The goaltender is the easiest one to criticize because he’s the last guy standing there.
"Our goalies could be better, as the rest of the team can," he said.