Bruins try to take positives out of Game 4 loss

Bruins try to take positives out of Game 4 loss
June 20, 2013, 3:45 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins have scored six goals in a game once this postseason. It was Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals.

But all the talk after that game was about the way Boston's defense shut down Pittsburgh's high-powered offense in a 6-1 win.

The Bruins scored six, but they didn't need that many to win the game.

On Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, the B's would have needed to score a sixth goal to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks and take a 3-1 series lead. But it was Brent Seabrook who had the final say, ripping one past Tuukka Rask midway through overtime to give the Blackhawks a 6-5 win to even the series at 2-2.

Much of the talk, once again, is about Boston's defense. Only, this time, it's about how uncharacteristically bad it was.

A day later, knowing that their defensive mistakes are correctable, the Bruins attempted to take positives out of their Game 4 overtime loss.

"We scored five goals," said Bruins coach Claude Julien on Thursday. "We should be happy with that. The goals that we gave a lot of times were just guys not being in the right place where they should have been. Instead of stopping in our positions, we did a lot of curling last night, which is usually a sign of our team struggling.

"A 6-5 game, it could have been 6-5 for us," added Julien. "It's almost like saying we're not allowed to score or we don't want to score, and that's not right. I'd like to win 5-1 instead of losing 6-5. But we want to score. It's probably the way we gave some of the goals up."

The Bruins aren't saying it publicly -- they don't need to -- but clearly they have found the Blackhawks' weakness. It's goaltender Corey Crawford's glove. Whether they aim top-right or low-right, the Bruins are shooting non-stop to the glove side. And on Wednesday night, they continued to expose Crawford's weakness.

"It’s nice to get that many goals on Crawford," said Brad Marchand on Thursday. "He’s played very well so far in the series. He made a lot of really good saves last night too though so it’s nice to get five goals, but we definitely need to pick up our defensive game. We can’t allow that many opportunities."

The trend in these playoffs would show that the Bruins will improve defensively moving forward in this series. But in the case that they do need to try and match another Blackhawks offensive outburst, at least in Game 4 they showed they can keep up.

"I think we can skate with them," said Chris Kelly on Thursday. "They’re a good skating team, but so are we. It’s not the style of hockey that, maybe, we want to play. But I think we can keep up with any team in the league, we’ve proven that. I don’t think it’s the style of hockey that we want to play, but we have guys that can score goals just as well anyone else in the league.

"The fact that we were able to score five goals is a positive," added Kelly. "The goals we gave up are mistakes that can be corrected. Moving forward, that’s one of the positives that you’ve got to look at, if you can score five goals."