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Sunday, 01.10.2010 / 9:38 AM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins dives out to save the puck against Sean Avery #16 of the New York Rangers
Boston, MA -- Before the Boston Bruins even took the ice on Saturday, already minus Patrice Bergeron because of a broken thumb, the Black & Gold were put behind the eight ball yet again as the club announced that Marc Savard will be out of commission with a partial MCL tear for 3-4 weeks.

"It’s unfortunate. Anytime you lose a player it’s an unfortunate situation," said Julien. "Especially [when] we know what Savvy can bring to our hockey club.

"But, again, that’s part of the game."

So are losses, but thats a part of the game that the B's simply can't accept.

Postgame, following the Bruins 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers in front of a sold out TD Garden crowd, Julien said, "The one thing you can’t do is walk away here hanging your heads and feeling sorry for yourself.

"You,ve just got to plug away through those kind of things and that’s what we’re going to try and do here the next couple of days, before we head out on what we consider a pretty tough road trip."

On Tuesday, the Bruins travel to California for dates with the Ducks, the Sharks and the Kings and the Bruins know that something needs to change.

"We need to do more. Me especially," said defenseman Dennis Wideman, who scored the Bruins lone goal on Saturday afternoon. "I’m not even close to where I was last year, and that’s something that I want to get going as much as we can, especially with some of our top scorers out of the lineup, we’re really expected to make a little more happen from the back end."

As the Bruins struggle with the loss of Bergeron and Savard -- two of their most potent offensive weapons -- the Boston blueliners will be called on to make up some of the difference in the lost offensive production.

"We certainly encourage our guys to do that, as far as D supporting in back," said Julien. "But we need to get better at that.

"When you’re looking for goal scoring, you got to look for it from everywhere, you can’t just put the onus on just the forward and leaving D’s out of it.

"Our forwards are responsible for our goals against as much as our D, so why wouldn’t our D be the same offensively," he said. But as the team moves into their three game road trip, the Bruins will have yet another foe.

"Tonight was frustrating," said defenseman Derek Morris. "We played pretty hard I thought. The effort was definitely there."

Unfortunately, in the NHL effort isn't enough.

"We should be playing smarter out there. We should keep it simple.  We’re trying plays that aren’t there," said veteran forward Steve Begin. "we know what we have to do, we just have to execute now.  We’ve got video, we’ve got meetings, we’ve got everything, and just... we’re not doing it out there.

"We have everything that we need to win a game but we’ll have to execute, which we’re not doing."

After an off day on Sunday, Boston returns to practice at Ristuccia Arena on Monday.

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