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Thursday, May 13, 2010
Penalties prove costly

By Joe McDonald

PHILADELPHIA –- The one thing Bruins coach Claude Julien has preached to his players was the importance of staying out of the penalty box.

On Wednesday, his advice fell on deaf ears.

In a span of 4:18 late in the second period, the Bruins were whistled for three penalties. Marc Savard (high stick), Daniel Paille (elbow) and Blake Wheeler (holding) all spent time in the box at a time when the Bruins had been pressuring the Flyers.

Boston trailed 1-0 when Savard was put away, but by the time Wheeler had exited the box, Philadelphia had a 2-0 advantage on a power-play goal by Danny Briere that proved to be the winner.

“Not to criticize, but Paille puts us down 5-on-3 with what they called an elbow,” said Julien. “You look at the replay, he didn’t even touch him. There’s a space between his arm and the guy’s face, but he puts his head back and the referees called it. Do you blame your players for that? I don’t think so. We have to stay out of the box, there’s no doubt about that. I thought we were pretty disciplined.”

Bruins forward Milan Lucic wasn’t too thrilled his skates didn’t hit the ice in the waning minutes of the second period because of the string of penalties.

“We have to do a better job at being disciplined,” said Lucic. “They’re doing a good job with that, so we have to do an even better job than them. It’s important. It sucks for me in the second when we take a bunch of penalties in a row and I’m sitting on the bench for the last six minutes. It gets guys sitting around for a bit who don’t penalty kill. We have to do a better job as a team not taking penalties.”