Bruins coach Julien criticizes team's effort after heartbreaking loss
The Boston Bruins lost a close, back-and-forth game to the New York Rangers on Monday night in heartbreaking fashion, as Rangers forward Jesper Fast scored with 1:42 remaining in the game to help the Blueshirts to the 2-1 win.
But Bruins coach Claude Julien was not pleased with his team despite the tight score. Boston had a 1-0 lead entering the third period, and the coach called his team out after the game for their inability to keep the lead or push the game into overtime.
"There’s no doubt they had no reason to walk in to the net the way they did [on the game-tying goal]," Julien told reporters. "But…you’ve got to learn how to win those tight hockey games and at least get yourself into overtime. We needed a little more desperation there at the end that we didn’t have."
The Bruins currently occupy a playoff spot as a wild card team, but they need to start finding ways to win given that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators sit just one point behind the Bruins in the playoff race. Boston hopes to get a boost in the coming weeks if center David Krejci and defenseman Adam McQuaid are able to return from injured reserve, but the precarious nature of the standings shows the Bruins cannot twiddle their thumbs until roster reinforcements arrive.