Julien fumes at Canucks' antics

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Julien fumes at Canucks' antics

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Claude Julien may be focused on the task at hand, but he admits he's still rankled over the Canucks antics during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Bruins' coach had some strong words Monday not only for Alexandre Burrows, who bit Patrice Bergeron in the finger during Game 1, and Maxim Lapierre, who dangled his gloved fingers in front Bergerons face during a scrum in Game 2 . . . but of the Vancouver organization, as well.

If its acceptable to them, then so be it. It certainly wouldnt be acceptable on our end of it, said Julien. I think you know me enough to know that. Not much I can say on that. The NHL rules on something. If the Canucks decide to make a mockery of it, then thats totally up to them."

Burrows wasn't suspended for the finger-biting incident, then buried the Bruins with a two-goal, one-assist performance in Game 2. Lapierre not only taunted Bergeron, but then he and Burrows were caught by cameras laughing about it on the bench. That comes in addition to one of the Sedin twins calling Burrows a "vegetarian" during a taped NBC pregame introduction before Game 2.

If thats their way of handling things, then so be it," said Julien.

But he said the Bruins won't let it distract them from what they have to do to get back into the series.

"We cant waste our time on that kind of stuff," he said. "We really have to focus on what we have to do. The last time I looked, were down two games to none and all our energy has to go toward that.

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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.