In Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh, the Bruins didn’t replicate the 47-shot effort they brought against Carolina on Thursday, but there were far more quality chances for the Black & Gold.
Forward Tyler Seguin
said the team just had a hard time converting those opportunities.
“Personally, I thought I had a few chances and I think as a line we had definitely a couple chances there,” Seguin said. “A couple of semi partial breakaways, you know, in tight. And we’re just not finishing right now."
Although there were better chances, too many shots came from the defense (20 out of 29).
Head Coach Claude Julien acknowledged that and was happy to see more production, he though there could have been more screens in front of Marc-Andre Fleury.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk
“[Fleury] made some really nice saves, he’s one of the top goalies,” Boychuk said, who had a game-high seven shots on net. “Again, every goalie we face is a top goalie if you’re playing at this level, but he played extremely well and when you see the pucks, he’s going to stop most of them.”
But even with the missed opportunities, the game was certainly an improvement from the way the Bruins have been playing lately.
There wasn’t anybody on the team that was happy with the loss, but many said it was refreshing to see a better effort.
“I thought it was definitely the right direction,” forward Shawn Thornton
said. “Maybe with a couple of bounces that game goes either way. I think everyone for the most part showed up to play tonight.
"I think we battled, I think we definitely were back to our game plan fairly consistently.”
Defenseman Joe Corvo
, whose shot from the top of the circle
pulled the Bruins within one midway through the third period, said the team did a better job at executing the game plan.
“Yeah today was a much better game, “Corvo said. “Probably the best game we have played in a while. I thought we did the right things, the things that we talked about doing before the game instead of just abandoning the game plan and not doing things correctly.”
Corvo, along with the rest of the Bruins, is eager to get back on the ice against the Washington Capitals today and replicate yesterday’s effort, and hopefully get better results.
“The guys hate to lose,” Corvo said. “But then again we feel good about the effort that we put out there."