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Frustrated B's Return to Boston

Wednesday, 03.11.2009 / 9:19 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Frustrated B\'s Return to Boston
Patrice Bergeron looked much older than his 23 years when he spoke to the media after the Bruins 2-0 setback in Columbus on Tuesday night.

Wearing a dark, grizzly beard, the Bruins alternate captain said that his club had to “bear down and stick with it.

“We can’t get discouraged.”

But the Bruins are discouraged.

At 3-6-1 in their last ten, the Black & Gold searching for ways to break free of their doldrums and return to the prowess that made Boston the best team in the NHL before the All-Star break.

“Earlier in the season the [lucky] bounces were going in,” explained Bergeron. “Now they’re not.

“But we can’t put the blame on all that stuff – we have to play better.”


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Asked about his club’s effort, an irate Bruins head coach Claude Julien said, “Obviously, it’s not good enough if you are not winning hockey games.

“And maybe it’s not so much the compete level more than the commitment to staying with it the whole game.

“You see commitment at times and other times it slips,” he said.

Julien broke the game into two large pieces.

“It’s a matter of timely goals and timely saves, and we’re not getting either,” he said.

Bergeron also talked about capitalizing on chances.

“We have to figure out a way to put the puck in [the net],” said the forward, who added that the Bruins must play even harder.

“[We need] to work harder to get those rebounds and get those shots through,” said Bergeron. “[Against Columbus] we won a lot of battles in their zone – that’s the type of game we have to play – but [we need] to finish.”

And the lack of finish has led to losses.

“It’s not so much about the pairings, and it’s no so much about the lines,” said Julien. “It’s more about individual commitment and getting a fully commitment.

“There were certain guys tonight that you didn’t notice much – that’s not a good sign.”

Veteran forward Marc Savard, who had continously played with passion and spark, took more of the blame than necessary, postgame.

“We have to finish,” said the center. “I think it comes down to myself and the top goalscorers and [playmakers] – we’ve got to put the puck in the net.

“If I had an answer, I would have [already] used it. So it just comes down to staying with it...but we can’t keep coming up short.

"We have to get results. We can keep talking and stressing that we’re playing well, but to play well you have to finish your chances.”

The Bruins next chance comes on Thursday versus Ottawa.

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