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Shorthanded B's Fall Short

With Bergeron, Kessel, Lucic and others on the shelf, the Bruins are unable to take the Capitals

Sunday, 01.18.2009 / 9:42 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Shorthanded B\'s Fall Short
The caption line on Boston’s 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals: Disappointment.

Looking in and around the Bruins locker room it was clear that the Black & Gold thought that they had not been at their best during the important Eastern Conference contest.

“We knew it was going to be one of those tough games,” said Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “And they played very well.

“But when you don’t capitalize or get much out of a two-on-one late in the game and they turn around and come back and score the winning goal.

“It doesn’t take much,” he said.

It was not as if the Bruins played poorly – but against Alex Ovechkin and the frenetic Caps it wasn’t enough.

“Sometimes the [difference] between winning and losing [is small],” said Julien. “And we came out on the short end.”

Marc Savard, who scored the B’s lone goal, verbalized the team’s feelings.

“They are a good team at home and we just had some chances tonight that we didn’t score on,” said Savard. “[Jose] Theodore made some big saves late for them.

“If we had capitalized on a couple of chances we would have been much better off, but tonight they didn’t go in.”

B’s goalie Tim Thomas (28 saves) said he saw the winning goal develop.

“[Alexander Semin] was coming down that wing with speed,” said Thomas. “I know he’s got a really good shot, so you try and take the angle and butterfly to take away everything.

“He put it in a pretty good place.”

Semin found twine over Thomas’ glove hand shoulder and cemented the Washington victory and doomed the B’s four-game winning streak.

“Right now, we are missing a little bit of firepower,” said Julien of his shorthanded club. “We’re not as big of a threat offensively as we have been with all of these injuries, so we just have to…grind it out, keep plugging away and, hopefully, win more games than we lose [until] we get our players back.”

And that help is on the way.

“I suspect that we’ll be in much better shape after the all-star break,” said Julien. “And maybe with a little bit of luck we’ll have some players coming back this week.”

Boston returns to practice on Sunday morning in Wilmington's Ristuccia Memorial Arena.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
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