BOSTON -- For the second time in their last four games, the Bruins spotted their opponent a two-goal lead, and this time they did it twice -- making it even tougher for them to recover as they fell to the Capitals, 4-3, on Saturday. With the season winding down, the Bruins realize they must break this habit as soon as possible.
“It’s frustrating because you keep digging yourself a hole,” a clearly frustrated head coach Claude Julien said. “We had some opportunities, I thought, before they scored their first goal, to play with the lead. It’s a matter of needing to bear down and bear down on those opportunities that we have early in the game. It’s tough to play catch-up hockey in this league and that’s what we’ve been doing a lot ... way too much.”
Forward Patrice Bergeron concurred, and, like Julien, pointed out how hard it is for a team to recover when they fall behind early.
“We came out flat and they got the lead, and when we’re behind the eight ball early it’s always hard to get back in a game and adapt,” Bergeron said. "Then we gave up the lead again and we’re not going to win too many games if we’re battling back all game.”
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who scored his second goal in two games, said he can’t figure out his team’s flat starts but thinks if they start the way they finished Saturday -- almost tying the game in the final seconds with a flurry of chances -- they will have more success.
“I can’t really put a finger on it; you just got to be ready,” Boychuk said. “They can score two goals in the first 10 minutes and its not really acceptable, especially when we talk before the game that we want a good start. That’s not the start we wanted and as soon as we called the timeout it was like night and day. We realized that we are going to play, and once we realized that I thought we played good hockey. We did have a lot of good chances even in the last three minutes. We still had, I think, three good scoring opportunities to put the puck in the net and it didn’t go in. We have to play the way we did in the third period, the whole 60 minutes, and if we do that, there shouldn’t be any problems.”