BostonBruins.com - The Bruins fell 2-1 to the Canadiens in Montreal on Tuesday night and for the third time in three seasons, the TD Garden will host a game seven.
However, as Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spoke to the media as his team prepared to leave for Boston, it was clear that the Black & Gold's bench boss wasn't entirely unhappy with the club's performance in Game 6.
"They scored two goals five-on-three," explained Julien of the penalty marred playoff game. "Five-on-four they weren’t a threat and neither were we. Five-on-five I thought we were obviously a team that held most of the control of the game.
"Again, it’s one of those games where we tried, we worked hard, we had our chances and we weren’t able to bury them.
"But we're certainly not down or disappointed in our game except for the fact those five-on-three's ended up costing us the game," he said.
One of those five-on-three situations was created in the second period when Boston left wing Milan Lucic hit Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek near the penalty benches and the bloodied Canadiens defenseman had to be helped to the bench.
Boston center Patrice Bergeron then went to the penalty box for a delay of game penalty after he inadvertently sent the puck out of play.
"I haven’t had any chance to really look at it closely," said Julien of the hit on Spacek, who later returned to the game. "And you see quick replays here and there, but it’s something that I need to see here before I’m able to comment on that."
"It’s all about tomorrow, it’s a game seven. We have to get ready for that...We have to approach it like the most important game in the season." - Zdeno Chara
But pressed for an opinion as to whether Lucic would face further disciplinary action, Julien said, "I don’t even know how they are seeing it.
"I think the five-minute was because he was cut, not because of the hit necessarily," he added. "But again, I can’t comment on much of that stuff because I’ve only seen it quickly.
"The last thing you want to do is make a bad comment on something that you haven’t had the chance to look at closely."
Beyond the two, two-man advantages for Montreal, the B's head coach liked much of what he saw, particularly in the final 20 minutes.
"We handled it well, and as you saw I thought we still had lots of energy there in the third and we had our chances, and I thought we carried the play," said Julien. "And they played their typical game and just kept getting the pucks out and made us retrieve them and get back at them.
"Again, it’s one of those games where you have to turn the page and you have to understand that tomorrow is another day and we have to come out...ready to win that hockey game."
His players were already on the next page.
"We feel like we played a decent game five-on-five, but special teams -- obviously, we lost the game in that category," said defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
"We played a solid five-on-five game, we had them into their zone quite a lot -- we just have to finish.
"We just have to (move) forward and focus on tomorrow," he said.
"It’s all about tomorrow, it’s a game seven," added B's captain Zdeno Chara. "We have to get ready for that.
"We have to approach it like the most important game in the season."
Which it is.