For the second time in less than a week the Bruins put themselves in a early hole as they once again spotted their opponent an early two-goal lead.
First period goals by Alexander Semin and Matt Hendricks less than halfway into the opening frame put the Black and Gold behind the eight ball once again.
“We were just flat” said Johnny Boychuk who scored the Bruins third and final goal.
“You know the first couple of shifts weren’t really the way we wanted to go, then once we called that timeout things started to roll around the way we wanted it to, but we need to be ready right off the hop or else we either are tying the game, or winning the game”
Goals by Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand would help erase the early deficit, only to see the Capitals once again regain a two goal lead later in the second period.
“I mean it’s hard to put a finger on it, obviously we came out flat, and they got the lead” said Patrice Bergeron. “When you’re behind the eight ball early it’s always hard to get back into the game and then again we gave up the lead, so you won’t be winning too many games when you’re always battling back.”
A goal from Johnny Boychuk with less than four minutes left would cut the Capitals lead to just one, but the goal was too little too late for the B’s.
You’ll often here NHL players and coaches preaching the importance of scoring the first goal, and rightfully so, but trying to climb out of a early two goal deficit is no easy task.
“Well the fact that it’s been twice now in one week that we have spotted a team a two goal lead to me it’s frustrating, digging yourself a hole then trying to dig yourself out” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “We had some opportunities to score before they scored their goals there so that we could play with the lead. It’s a matter of us needing to bear down and bury those opportunities we have early in the game. It’s tough to play catch-up hockey in this league”
The club will quickly look back at today’s game to see what went wrong and then put it in the rear view mirror as the Bruins have a quick turnaround as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins tomorrow afternoon.
“Yeah we have to – we have to turn this around, and realize the way we need to play to come out on top” said Patrice Bergeron. ”It’s about [the] start and keeping it going for the whole 60 minutes and tomorrow’s game is not going to get any easier. We are playing a good team so you know we have to be ready.”
Puck drops in Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon just after 12:30.