Julien: 'We need to be angry at ourselves'

Julien: 'We need to be angry at ourselves'
March 25, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The Bruins put themselves through the hockey torture chamber after a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night saddled them with a 1-3 trip in which they scored a grand total of four goals.

They talked about a “lack of desperation” and no “emotion” or “jump” in a B’s dressing room that featured a captain in Zdeno Chara as angry as he’s been all season following a game. Then, B’s coach Claude Julien fired into his players for not showing “enough fight to deserve the win” in a game in which they outshot their opponents, 33-13. So, it’s natural that Julien called for a little more anger in their game when they take the ice on Monday night at TD Garden again against the Leafs in the second half of a home-and-home series.

Their coach was advising his players to take a nice, long look in the mirror after switching the lines on Sunday: a move that featured dropping Milan Lucic to the third line and raising Daniel Paille to a top-six role.

“I think we need to be angry at ourselves, not at the Toronto Maple Leafs. I’ve said it before: this is a [Leafs] team that’s improved a lot,” said Julien. “What is disappointing is that right now we’re not playing the type of game that we should. If we’re made tonight, we’ve got to be mad at ourselves for not playing our game and [not] going out there a little bit [hungrier].

“Hopefully our work ethic and the talent that we feel we have on our team will take over.”

It starts with players such as Lucic, who has gone scoreless in his last 15 games, and Nathan Horton, who has one goal in a 13-game stretch in the month of March. It also trickles down to every player on a team that needs to start pulling a little more weight with Chris Kelly, Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk all still watching from the press box with injuries.