Sunday, June 5, 2011
Julien: Don't blame Chara, blame turnovers
By James Murphy
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Zdeno Chara couldn’t quite catch up to Alex Burrows on the overtime winner 11 seconds into the extra frame, trailing the play as the Canucks’ agitator wrapped around the net and flicked the puck over the line.
After the game, there were plenty of fingers being pointed at the Bruins captain and questions being asked about why Chara seemed to struggle in Game 2. Head coach Claude Julien didn’t take the bait, instead calling out his team as a whole. The Bruins collectively failed to control the puck on two turnovers -- both by defenseman Andrew Ference -- that led to Vancouver goals and numerous mental errors throughout the game.
“Well I guess all of a sudden you lose a game, and we’re going to start wondering about certain players,” Julien said when asked why he thought Chara was struggling throughout Game 2. “I think it’s about our whole team. It’s not about Zdeno. Zdeno didn’t lose a game for us tonight, our whole team did. I don’t think we played very well and to what our standards are all about. I think the decision making and the puck management is what keeps costing us games.
“I mean when you turn pucks over in the neutral zone, this is a team that thrives on it. And we know that they thrive on it, yet we keep turning pucks over in the neutral zone. So we have to be a little better in those areas. And I thought in the second period we started doing that and got ourselves the lead and then they get themselves back in the game with that tying goal and obviously that last goal was a hard one to swallow.”