About last night...Julien, B's not happy with their effort vs Habs
Coach Claude Julien did not hold back when asked to asses how his team played Thursday night versus Montreal. And he was not alone.
Speaking post-game, Julien and many of the players voiced their displeasure with their effort given in the matchup with the hated Canadiens.
It was three things for me, we didn’t skate well
tonight, we didn’t make good decisions, and we didn’t execute well. When you
have none of those three things, you’re not going to win too many hockey games.
So that was absent in our game tonight, and we certainly didn’t pick a good
night to play that kind of game, but the results are from a lack of those three
Julien also got a little testy when asked why he pulled Tuukka Rask, avoiding the 'goalie controversy' line and instead shifting the focus to the entire team:
It’s a lot of everything…That’s a decision that I
make, and I don’t feel I have to explain every time. I don’t think I have to
explain myself why I pull the goalie...This isn’t going to be one of those things where we’re
going to make a big story out of a pulled goalie. Our team was poor tonight.
Maybe sometimes you pull the goalie for different reasons. I don’t think I have
to explain everything to you guys for the reasons because there’s a lot of
decisions that I make that are for inside that dressing room…not necessarily
for everyone to share.
I mean, basically everything…Execution, and our
heads weren’t into it. They deserved to win. We didn’t play anywhere near where
we need to play to have success in this league...I would say from what I remember, the worst game of the year.
We thought we were ready, but obviously we weren’t…It
is what it is. We lost. We didn’t like the way we lost, but we’ve got to move
on, forget about this game, and try to get ready for the Saturday.
Our message was clear…I think it’s been a wakeup
call for everyone. Our attitude needs to be better in games like that,
especially trailing early, and no one was willing to step up I guess and try to
get everyone going.
There’s not much to really say. It was pretty clear
how things went by watching the game. We weren’t sharp in our decision-making.
They were first on pucks, they won more battles than we did from the drop of
the puck to the end…It’s unfortunate that we came out with that kind of effort against
them once again…You have to suck it up and call a spade a spade. It wasn’t good
enough from, I guess, an emotional standpoint and from a determination stand
point. You just have to get better from games like this.
So the Bruins will move on and leave this stinker in the rear-view mirror, as their next game happens in less than 24 hours versus the Oilers at the Garden.
With four games to go until the Olympic break against some pretty tough competition, the B's need to get back on track after this slight derail and finish strong.