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Claude Julien was a bit touchy after last night’s loss to Dallas

Nov 6, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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Two former Bruins scored in the shootout last night to beat their old team. But for Boston coach Claude Julien, what Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley did for the Dallas Stars, and the narrative the media was trying to sell afterward, wasn’t something he wanted to talk about.

“I don’t care about that. Give it a break,” Julien said, per The Boston Globe. “And I’m mad because we lost. Next.”

You can understand his frustration. For the Bruins (8-5-1), the shootout loss marked the fourth time in five outings that the defending Eastern Conference champs failed to get two points.

“It came down to a shootout because we played at the level of the other team,” Julien said. “Not to take anything away from them, but I like to think we’re a better team than we showed tonight. First 10 minutes were good, and then we got back to some of our old habits and eventually when you play that way you find ways to lose hockey games; and that’s what we’re doing right now, we’re finding ways to lose.”

The B’s will look for a way to win Thursday at home to Florida, one of the NHL’s worst teams. On Saturday, they host Toronto in their first meeting with the Maple Leafs since the playoffs. And we all remember what happened then.

  1. amityvillefun - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Julien should be pissed!

    Team has failed on a few opportunities to close out games they should have won. Bogus!

    The Krejci line has been doing OK, especially Lucic, who seems to have managed to keep his playoff stride from last year, but I’d put the rest of the team through the wringer next practice. Don’t want to play hard during games? Enjoy the sprints in practice until you can learn to keep your legs moving during games!

    At least Spooner looks like he’s trying out there. Call him back!

    • amerika1313 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Absolutely bring Spooner back, and put him on the third line to begin with. Move Soderberg up to Marchand’s spot and see what happens. Sit Marchand for a couple of games to see if it shakes him out of being a no-shooting, listless turnover machine. What’s the worst that could happen?

      • amityvillefun - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        A couple of bad turnovers last night for Marchand…

      • sabatimus - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Totally. Marchand has been bad. Let him sit and be pissed off about sitting–that might get him to up his game.

    • c9castine - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      this isn’t the kind of team you put through sprints to get their attention. this isn’t edmonton or columbus. julien can’t ignore the fact that sequin and poverty came back here and beat his team. its not because they shouldn’t have traded them or whatever….but when your team can’t get up to play against a team like this who is supposedly not as good as them and your guys have been slumping all year, its a bad sign. long season though.

  2. LampyB - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Julien was pissed because of the blatantly missed delay of game call with 2 mins left in the game. Shortly after the Stars received a penalty shot (was a good call). The missed delay of game could have turned things around, bruins were surging and he flipped his lid when it happened.

    • amityvillefun - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      That is true. That should have been called.

    • cambee99 - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Lots of bad none calls that game. It’s called hockey!

    • dewzer - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Julien was pissed at the call no doubt but it certainly has more to do with the all around lethargic play of his team.

  3. shaundre93 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Bergeron line finally looked effective tonight, so that’s good at least. Thought marchand especially was looking more like himself. Im gonna give them another 2-3 games with their full lineup before I get too worried. I think once the Bergeron line is firing on all cylinders along with the Krejci line it’ll have a trickle down effect on the other two lines. Been a frustrating couple weeks but Im sure they’ll come out of it sooner rather than later

    • amerika1313 - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Marchand had flashes of himself, but he coughed up the puck way too many times. It’s tough seeing him struggle like this. You have to wonder if he needs a few games in the press box to get him thinking about his game and maybe get him back on track.

      • amityvillefun - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        Agree with you Amerika. A think a seat upstairs might do him some good. Seemed to work for Lucic. He’s played pretty well since that happened.

        I like Marchand as a player, but to be effective, he needs to be a “little ball of hate.” If he can’t bring that intensity nightly, he’s a liability. It’s all or nothing with him.

        He needs to play scrappy, hard nosed hockey.

      • amerika1313 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        And I know he’s said that the team has tried to work some of the less-desirable aspects out of his game, and have him focus on his offensive output. It’s got to be tough to change up your style, especially when it was successful, in large part. But he showed that he could be a solid offensive contributor while ditching most of the shady stuff last season. That can’t be an excuse for him anymore. Kid’s got talent, he just has to get his head screwed on straight and take advantage of the great situation he’s in with the Bruins, and more specifically, being on a line with a genius like Bergeron. I hope he can sort it out sooner rather than later (since “later” would likely be on some other team).

      • nunan - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Marchand isn’t getting traded anytime soon, even if his struggles continue. He’s proven himself already. He’ll come around and the Bs will be patient until he does.

  4. nunan - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Bs will be alright. Lets not forget they weren’t anything special last year (finished second in the division) and everyone was yelling about how they’ve been underperforming. Then the playoffs came around and boom, they wake up. I don’t want to go through an entire season where they underperform but, keeping everything in perspective, they’ll be alright. It’s the same team with the same potential to dominate every other team in the east and most in the west. It’s a mental thing with them and it’s tough to play the style they do every game. There is a mindset to the style they play and it’s a challenge to get everyone on the same page. It’s why they always destroy other teams when there are fights in the game or when the season is on the line (playoffs). Let the hate out!

    • amerika1313 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      I agree. They need to use the season to fine-tune lines and work on finding some consistency from game to game. I have absolutely no worries about the team once playoff time rolls around. They’ve proven over the last few seasons that they’ve got the whole postseason thing down.

  5. raiderufan - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Perhaps Marchand should stop thinking about how he wants his name pronounced and start thinking about the things that aren’t working for him right now?

    • amerika1313 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Yeah, what the heck was that all about? I wonder why he would wait until now to put that out there. Is he trying to reinvent himself or something? Is this like a less extreme Prince-changing-his-name-to-an-unpronounceable-symbol thing? If we start hearing about him showing up to team practices in frilly shirts, saying “Pancakes, B!tches?” I’m thinking we should worry…

  6. theskinsman - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    This Bruins fan wants them to peak when the playoffs roll around,not now.

  7. slysipops - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    KIND OF LIKE …………………………..

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