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Bruins Not Discouraged

Thursday, 12.8.2011 / 10:58 PM ET / Features
By Angela Stefano  - BostonBruins.com
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BOSTON -- When a team wins 14 out of 15 games, then drops two in a row, some might start to worry. After all, even two games constitutes a “losing streak” when the Ws had been previously been piling up.

But despite their 2-0 loss tonight to the Florida Panthers –- their second in as many games, including Tuesday’s 2-1 Winnipeg defeat –- the Bruins aren’t too concerned.

“When you shoot 40 shots on net, there’s a certain effort that was there that you have to be at least semi-pleased with,” said head coach Claude Julien, “but the execution wasn’t clean. The decision-making wasn’t as sharp as we’d like it to be, and because of that, we didn’t get the scoring opportunities we probably wanted, and when we did, we didn’t finish.”

True, the dreaded sound of puck hitting post rung out far too many times this evening in TD Garden, much to the Bruins chagrin.

“You can say what you want about those, but you’ve got to find ways to bury goals, and I think we’ve got to do a better job of that,” Julien said. “I don’t think we’re driving to the net as well as we have in the past…so we’ve got to try and do that a little better and get our noses dirty around the net area again.”

Effort and finish is part of the equation, for sure – but some nights, you can try every trick in the book and still not have the final score come out in your favor.

“It’s just the way it is sometimes in the games: You create chances, those are good, quality shots, you beat the goaltender,” said captain Zdeno Chara, “but if they don’t go in, then, basically, nobody is looking for counting the posts or good scoring chances; everyone is looking for the goal to really go in. It’s very unfortunate.”

But, much like all those other times in life when things don’t go your way, the trick is to not get discouraged.

“That’s the game,” said Chara. “Sometimes you won’t get those breaks maybe we were getting earlier or in that winning streak.”

For the Bruins, the trick is also not to mention that dreaded “O” word: October.

“We certainly don’t think we’re heading in that direction,” said Julien. “We have to, probably next game, make it a situation where we have to play a real strong, solid game and get that good feeling back in our dressing room.”

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