Boston Bruins forward Landon Ferraro gives his perspective on playing in the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, a 5-1 loss Friday.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Montreal Canadiens came out extremely hard and we didn't match that or even come close to it. They were all over us, and when you give a team like that, especially one that's been struggling and now they've started to put it back together, and they get Brendan Gallagher back, that's another big piece. They're playing with confidence. You give them that much that early, they're going to run with it, and it's hard to play catch-up in this league.
The message after the first period was that it's not like systems were adjusting or anything like that. It was simply, "We have to play." Our energy and our desire to get in on the forecheck and create turnovers and get the puck to the net just wasn't there. Every aspect needed to be better going into the second. We had some chances but it just wasn't going in. When that opportunity comes, you just try to make as much happen as possible. It just wasn't going in.
Tuukka Rask was unbelievable all night in goal. I don't know one [goal] that you could have said, "He probably should have had that." He made some unbelievable saves and kept us even within the point where we could talk about coming back. Without him playing like he did, we would have been out and would have been an embarrassment in the first period.
That's what he does and that's why he's such a big part of this team. You can't ask him to have three backdoor saves like that where he's making two, three saves, and then it pops to the other side of the net. It's just not possible to be doing that. He did everything that he possibly could, and then some, and we didn't do our part.
Our next game is against the Washington Capitals (on Tuesday). We address this one quickly the next day at practice and then we move on. We try and put it behind us and say this isn't going to happen again. We weren't happy with our effort, we weren't happy with how we started the game. We need to fix that and we need to fix that in a hurry.