Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien was not impressed with his team’s game play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, and he’s not afraid to share.
The Bruins went into the third period winning 4-2, but ended up losing 5-4 in overtime. Philly scored two goals in the last 13 minutes of regulation play, tying the score. They scored the winning goal just 2:09 into overtime.
The loss comes after an overall successful Western Conference road trip. Julien was expecting more from his squad and didn’t shy away from telling that to reporters following the game.
“Well, I think a lot of it is that we played a light game [Wednesday night],” Julien said. “A lot light than [the Flyers], and they certainly were better in the battles than we were, and they were certainly better at getting back to a scoring position than we were preventing them from getting there. We had too many guys with light sticks, too many guys playing a light game, and that’s not the way we’re going to have some success.”
Julien called Wednesday’s loss “unacceptable,” stating that his team deserved the loss based on the way that they performed.
Though the Bruins grabbed the lead early on, scoring four of the game’s first six goals, Julien saw many flaws in his team’s game play. From the beginning, he noticed that his team was performing at the same caliber that they had in previous games.
“Right from the get-go I didn’t find that our feet were moving as well as we had the last couple games,” he said, “[Tuesday] we had a great practice. Guys had some good jump. And [against the Flyers], for some reason, we didn’t seem to be skating the way we can, and we certainly didn’t battle the way we can.”
19-year-old David Pastrnak had a particularly rough outing on Wednesday, giving up a turnover that resulted in a Flyers goal and only recording two shots on net. The young forward did not see a minute of powerplay time either.
“He had a tough night,” Julien commented on Pastrnak’s performance, “You’re going to see him get some better night’s down the road, but he’s certainly not a single guy to point out. We were bad as a team.”
Winger Brett Connolly did have a reason to celebrate, despite the team’s loss. The 23-year-old scored his first game with the Boston Bruins and snapped a nine-game goal-less streak that stretched back to last season.
“[It was a relief]” for sure,” the winger said, “Got a lot of chances in our first four games, and it’s a matter of sticking with it now and kind of riding the wave a little bit. I think that one maybe made up for the chances I wasn’t able to finish earlier, but it was very nice to see that one go in.”
The Bruins play their next game Friday night against the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, NY.