|Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) makes a save against a scoring bid by Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle (15) defends in the third period of a NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. Toronto won 4-3. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
“Unacceptable,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said after the game.
“I think it’s...one of those situations where if you have any sense of pride, you’re embarrassed about tonight -- not because the other team played well, but because we did not play to the level that we should be playing.”
The game went back and forth for most of the night, with the Bruins holding single goal advantages twice, and overcoming a single goal deficit once.
But it was the Maple Leafs who came out on top when forward Mikhail Grabovski scored the game-winner with just 1:01 remaining in the game.
“It’s our bread and butter when we’re up a goal in the third. We have a lot of guys who can do the job there so I think we’re counting on ourselves to win by at least a goal if not more,” Bruins forward Gregory Campbell
said after the game.
“But we let them back in. They’re a crafty team, they create chances and they’re good with the puck. They have pretty skilled forwards, so if you let them hang around you can see what happens.”
The Bruins have now lost three consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season.
“It’s certainly not something we’re happy about," said Campbell. "We haven’t played up to [our] capability...as a team, and I think we obviously expect a lot more of ourselves.
"I think Detroit exposed us a little bit in the last two games.
“We were counting on this game to be a good bounce-back game and I think we have to look at ourselves, look at our game,” he said.
The Bruins are scheduled to practice Wednesday morning and will travel to Long Island in the afternoon.
“I think it’s important to take a step back and look at what we need to rectify," said Julien. "Obviously, we have quite a few games coming up and haven’t had the opportunity to practice as well as we have.
“But right now, it’s time to get back to work and rectify that part of our game.”
Boston will look to bounce back as they head out on a six-game road swing beginning Thursday night in New York when the B’s square off against the Islanders.
Heading into the trip, the Bruins have a 16-7-4 road record.
“It seems like we’ve been better on the road this year anyways,” Bruins forward Michael Ryder said after the game. “Not sure what it is, but it’d be good for us to have a good road trip and then come back home again.”---Hannah Becker