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Not the End of the World

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- After the Bruins 3-2 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien came right out and said it: "I don’t think that it’s the end of the world -- first of all -- that it ended tonight."

That was the sentiment around the TD Garden in the aftermath of a heartbreaking, but not disheartening loss to the powerful perennial powerhouse.

"I think that’s what you’ve got to take out of it - nothing wrong with the game we played tonight," continued Julien. "I thought we were the better team out there and it’s unfortunate.

"Sometimes those games get decided by individuals and that’s what happened tonight. Having said that, we’ve won some games lately that maybe we didn’t necessarily deserve -- we found ways to win -- and that’s what they did tonight, they found a way to win.

"For us, we got a point out of this game and you move on and tomorrow is an important tilt again against a team in our conference (Winnipeg Jets). You really have to turn the page."

In many ways it was a back and forth game, with the teams trading goals and saves. But a closer look shows a bit of a different story.

Boston outshot Detroit 32-29 and outhit the Red Wings 30-22 and spent much of the third period in the offensive zone.

"They’re playing well," said Julien. "You have to respect their skill level, but...I saw us as a better team out there and certainly not on our heels.

"They took advantage of the few chances they had and they scored, but other than that I liked the way our team played tonight.

"It’s one of the games where I thought we probably deserved better, but things even out over the course of a season."

Given the Bruins schedule (five games in eight nights, three contests in four days) the team could have suffered a letdown in their first home game since November 17th.

"I think there was a good challenge in front of us and we knew that," said Julien. "We’ve always respected that team because they’ve always been a good team. They’re a consistent team and an organization that has a competitive team on the ice every year that has a chance to win the Cup.

"So we knew what we were facing and we knew that they had been on a bit of a streak here, so I think there was that element that didn’t allow us to get comfortable.

"Maybe losing that point will give us that hunger to go out tomorrow and play the same way."

And as for the loss of the B's 10-game winning streak, Julien hopes that Boston maintains their high level of play to continue their 11-game points streak.

"Hopefully our guys didn’t get too high on that that it deflates them," said Julien. "I liked our game tonight and think it’s important that we carry that into tomorrow."
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