Chiarelli: 'Unique' feeling watching Kings raise Cup

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Chiarelli: 'Unique' feeling watching Kings raise Cup

It will be exactly a year on Friday that the Boston Bruins bested the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, so it seems like an appropriate time for reflection when it comes to everybody adorned in Black and Gold.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli missed some of the playoffs while he was helping to manage the Team Canada representative at the World Championships in Europe, but he did watch the Cup Finals between the Devils and Kings. Something felt missing while he watching the six-game series, and thats probably to be expected given the drop in both TV ratings and overall buzz this June.
Compared to last years hate-fest between Boston and Vancouver, this seasons Cup Finals was a well-mannered showering of love and admiration.
There was a lot of drama in our series, so that probably built momentum as we went along, admitted Chiarelli. There was always something happening, and there didnt seem to be too much drama between those two teams. I noticed that, but wondered if it was just because I was a part of last years series.
With our team and the Canucks it was two opposing styles and there might have been a little bit of that. It was kind of an oilwater clash and I think there were a lot more things happening on the ice.
Thats a good point by Bs general manager: it was the bullying Bruins against the flop-artist, finger-biting Canucks and thats a far cry from Devils and Kings' teams reliant on good goaltending and fundamental defense.
New Jersey and LA are similar teams and there might have been more predictability as to how the games were going to go. But they were still entertaining, said Chiarelli.
But Chiarelli was happy for LA Kings general manager Dean Lombardi when things were said and done, and his family chose to reflect on happy Cup memories rather than any feelings of bitterness. Some Bs players felt sick or empty watching the Kings raise the Cup while officially ending their reign as Cup champs, but Chiarellis feelings were a bit different.
I probably watched more of the Finals than any of the other playoff series after we were eliminated, said Chiarelli. It was obviously a unique feeling because we won it last year, but I wouldnt characterize it as empty. It was different. It was almost like some of the feelings of joy that I had lifting the Cup came up again.
Thats what I feltthe remembrances. I was watching it with my wife and my kids, and thats what they were talking about while we watched it on television. It was a different feeling. When you talk about the players feeling empty watching it and wanting to get back there, I can certainly understand that.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.