Bruins can't solve Quick in 2-0 loss to Kings


Bruins can't solve Quick in 2-0 loss to Kings

By Joe Haggerty

LOS ANGELES A strangle little two-game West Coast trip came to an unsurprisingly sleepy ending on Monday night.The Bruins couldnt muster much offense and lost most of the physical battles in an effort that was missing heart, mind and body en route to a 2-0 loss to the Kings at the Staples Center in the heart of Los Angeles.The first score for the Kings came in the first period with Zdeno Chara in the penalty box and a soft underbelly exposed along the Bs penalty kill without their big captain. Ryan Smyth went right to the front of the net and pounded home the rebound of a Jarret Stoll point shot while splitting the defense of Johnny Boychuk and Dennis Seidenberg.Young Kings winger Andrei Loktionov gave LA their much-needed insurance goal in the middle of the second period off a Bs turnover around the blue line that allowed Anze Kopitar to create the play.The Bruins missed on their best scoring chance in the second period as Zdeno Chara fired a one-timer off the outside of the right post when he had a wide open net to work with as Jonathan Quick was tardy getting to his spot.Tim Thomas was otherwise brilliant with a series of kick saves and glove stops including a butterfly pad save on a Jarret Stoll hot shot from the slot area. Minutes later Quick had his own great stop as Milan Lucic fired a puck on Quick from the high slot as he steamed toward the net. Quick was solid throughout and improved to 5-0 against the Bruins in his career with a 34 save effort that served as his fifth shutout of the season. Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

Chara on slumping Bruins: Players shouldn't have to be told to work hard

BRIGHTON -- The on-ice portion of Bruins practice kicked off about an hour later than scheduled at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday morning.

The B's are reeling, having lost four games in a row for the first time this season after getting dumped by the Penguins, 5-1, in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. Their standing in the Atlantic Division, and the playoff picture, is tenuous at best with so many other teams holding games in hand over them, and it truly looks like they're going to slide out of the race if they can’t reverse their fortunes.

So Claude Julien, saying "desperate times call for desperate measures," summoned the players to a video session where flaws, mistakes, half-hearted efforts and bad systems-play was pointed out in front of everyone. The team then took the ice to iron out those problems in an hour-long practice that the embattled Bruins coach hopes will lead to better results in the final two games, against Detroit and Pittsburgh, before the All-Star break.

“He was showing details that we were doing well early on in the season to have success, and little things that we’ve gotten away from that we need to correct,” said captain Zdeno Chara. “We need to start doing them again. It’s a game of little details and we need to make sure we do them right.”

While Chara wouldn’t comment on the tone of the video session, it’s clear that things like effort, determination and desperation were probably talking points just as much as fine-tuning Julien’s long-held offensive and defensive systems.

“It’s commitment," said Chara. "That’s for sure, that we need to have everybody doing that. We shouldn’t . . . at this level, at this time of the season, [have to be] asking guys to work hard. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is working hard, and everybody is paying his dues to be in the lineup and earn a spot.

“That’s the No. 1 priority: You have to compete and you have to work hard. Usually when you do those things, good things happen. We’ve got to back to those little things [with] hard work, commitment and competing every shift.”

Will an honest, direct video session between head coach and players be the key to stopping the team’s most demoralizing stretch of the season, and lead to a prolonged winning streak? Only time will tell.

But the Bruins need something to get spinning in an entirely different direction.