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B’s CAN’T CLOSE THE DEAL

B’s CAN’T CLOSE THE DEAL

BY KEVIN HARRIMAN

Boston Sports Desk Publisher

BOSTON (1/15/11) – Having disposed of the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier in the week on the road, the Boston Bruins  had hopes of sending a stern message to the Penguins when the teams squared off at the TD Garden again on Saturday. 

Another win by the B’s on Saturday would have made it two in the week and given the Penguins something to think about in terms of Eastern Conferfence hierarchy.

While Saturday’s  game took on similarities to the game eariler in the week, in the end, the Bruins were not able to close the deal.

Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead, saw the Bruins come back to tie it in the middle period and scored the game winning goal early in the final period for a 3-2 win.

While not a solid 60-minute effort, the Bruins did play very well in spurts. One of those spurts included most of the third period. After falling behind 3-2, Boston unloaded on Marc Andre Fleury dumping 20 of their 47 shots on goal.

Flurry was not stylish by any means and in fact, got lucky a number of times when pucks rattled through him only to hit the post or the side of the net. But, style points don’t count in the NHL.

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was pilosphical following his teams loss.

“Yeah, you know guys there’s times where it’s unfortunate you lose a game. I think the biggest thing for me is the fact that first half of the game we didn’t manage the puck well, we didn’t make good puck decisions in that first half and I really didn’t think we had our game going, ” said Julien.

” Then all of a sudden in the second half we started picking it up again. I’m convinced that had we played I guess 60 minutes like the last 30 we wouldn’t be sitting here looking at a loss. But you know it’s just because we weren’t managing the puck well, didn’t mean the effort wasn’t there.”

 And I thought the effort was there and I thought the focus was there to win the hockey game tonight. And I mean unfortunately we had a lot of chances where pucks went through Fleury [Marc-Andre Fleury] and instead of ending up in the net they either hit the post or the side of the net or trickled wide.”

When Boston fell behind 2-0 on Saturday, the Bruins faithfull didnt seem too concerned. After all, they had done the same thing earlier in the week and survived for a victory.  

The Bruins scored twice within 13 seconds in the middle period  to pull even. Dennis Seidenberg got the B’s on the board with a blast from the left point. And 13 seconds later, Michael Ryder answered again from the left side on a wrist shot. But that would be all that got by Flurry.

The Bruins defensive corps too another hit in Saturday’s matinee. Steven Kampfer left the game in the middle period with what was later announced as a broken nose. With Andrew Ference already out with an injury, the B’s went with 5 defenseman for all of the third period.

The Bruins are back at it on Monday when they hist Carolina in the first of back to back games with the Hurricanes.

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