|Nashville Predators center David Legwand (11) celebrates after teammate Shea Weber, not shown, scored against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40), of Finland, in overtime of an NHL hockey game to give the Predators a 4-3 win Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) |
"First of all, we need sharpness as far as how we play the game right now," said Julien, postgame in Tennessee. "We’re making some poor decisions mentally.
"A lot of bad penalties," continued the B's bench boss, "and that’s more mental than physical, because I thought out team battled hard tonight.
"This is a desperate team," said Julien of Nashville. "They’re a pretty good team and they play hard and I thought we played hard for two periods.
"I thought we came out really hard in the first period and played like we were going to win this hockey game.
"And then we give them that tying goal and a bad penalty at the end. We have to get sharper in our decision making because right now it’s becoming too costly for us," he said.
Boston remains in third place in the Eastern Conference with an increasingly tenuous grasp on the top spot in the Northeast Division, but Julien pointed out some individual performances that have given him some solace in the face of a recent B's downturn.
"[Michael Ryder] played a lot harder tonight," said Julien. "I thought we saw him even early in the game there, wining more battles on the boards in our own end and competing harder and consequently was a better player for us tonight.
"So I didn’t mind his game at all, and I though even Tyler [Seguin] was better than the other day and I thought he played well and competed a little better. So we had some guys going a little better for us tonight.
"I think if we can see that from other players,[Patrice Bergeron
] hopefully gets a lot of weight off his shoulders scoring a goal and getting back on the score sheet," added Julien. "Hopefully we can build on that kind of stuff here moving forward."
However, the most "encouraging" aspect of the loss stood between the pipes.
"you know, besides the second goal, which I’m sure he would like to have back, he made some big saves," said Julien of Tuukka Rask
. "He was good and solid for us tonight.
"So to me it bodes well moving forward also because when you have two good goaltenders you feel a lot more comfortable."