Disappointed Neely weighs in on Bruins

May, 15, 2014
May 15
11:14
PM ET
Bruins president Cam Neely couldn't hide his disappointment Thursday after the Montreal Canadiens won Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night to end the Bruins' season.

"You've got to give Montreal credit," Neely said Thursday during his final radio appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Massarotti show. "They played well. We knew it was going to be a tough series, and we knew they had a great goaltender. From my perspective, I think we could have played better. I think everybody in that locker room thinks they could have played better. That's the frustrating part. It's a situation where as well as Montreal played, I think we can look at it and say we didn't play as well as we could have, and it might have been a different outcome if that was the case.

"It's frustrating for everybody because I think everybody saw what the potential was with this team. When you get bounced earlier than you'd like to or expect to, it's a tough pill to swallow."

Along those lines, Chiarelli was asked what he thought of the post-Game 7 conduct of Milan Lucic, whom Habs right wing Dale Weise accused of making violent threats in the handshake line.

"What I do know is one team is miserable and the other is happy and excited," Neely said. "Emotions are raw, you get in the line, you shake hands, and if there's a particular battle you may have had with a player for seven straight games, maybe some of the things that you didn't like that happened, comments are made. And that's not new. That is not new. I think if you go back in the history of handshakes, there are comments that have been said, I'm sure."

To listen to the full interview, click here.

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