Did the Boston Bruins hit a wall in November, or are they just not getting the same effort they enjoyed in October?
That’s a matter of debate, although it’s pretty clear where Claude Julien stands after a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
“We all know this isn’t good enough. … There’s no excuse for tonight,” Julien said, according to NESN’s Zack Cox. “I don’t think we have the full commitment of the whole group.”
The Bruins finished October on a tear, going 6-1-0. Things have soured since then, as they’ve gone 2-5-0 since November began.
One thing seems tough to debate: the Bruins need to find a way to improve on defense, which is definitely not a familiar predicament.
The Boston Bruins were happy with their effort Saturday in a 3-1 win over Detroit.
They weren’t happy, you’ll recall, with their efforts in previous games.
And because it’s only been one good game in a row, the B’s have been trying to stay vigilant ahead of tonight’s visit from San Jose.
“I think it’s about realizing and learning from the past mistakes,” forward Patrice Bergeron told CSN New England. “I think we have had a good effort and then the next game wasn’t so good. So hopefully we can learn from that.”
After 16 games, Boston’s record of 8-7-1 is a fairly accurate reflection of how this group has played. The offense has been great overall; the defense not so much.
That’s why the win over Detroit was so encouraging. The B’s held the Wings to just 23 shots and one goal.
“I look good when the team looks good and vice versa,” said goalie Tuukka Rask. “[Saturday night] was a great example, first two periods we take their speed away in the neutral zone, keep them to the outside and block shots, they had 13 shots through two periods. It’s just a great group effort, and it helps me a lot when that happens.”
The key now?
Make it happen again and again.
The Sharks will be looking for their third straight victory. It’s not a team the Bruins can take lightly.
The Boston Bruins looked liked they’d turned it around.
Then came November.
With last night’s home loss to Colorado, the B’s fell to 1-4-0 on the month, and 7-7-1 overall.
Coach Claude Julien called his team’s play “unacceptable.”
“Ten minutes of good hockey isn’t enough,” he said, per CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty.
Julien was referring to the first 10 minutes of the 3-2 loss to the Avalanche. The B’s had jumped out to a 2-0 lead, only to be tied before the first period was over.
“I think as a group we have to figure it out,” Julien told NHL.com. “You’re so proud of your team one night because they come in and they play hard and you win hockey games and tell yourself this is the identity of our team, this is how we’ve got to play. And then the next night it’s not there.”
Defensive breakdowns continue to plague the B’s:
Yes, Kevan Miller had a tough night.
The Bruins will try to improve their 1-5-1 home record Saturday when they host their division rivals from Detroit.
The Boston Bruins announced today that they’ve signed forwards Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn, as well as defenseman Jeremy Lauzon, to entry-level contracts.
DeBrusk and Senyshyn were drafted 14th and 15th overall, respectively, in the 2015 draft. Boston’s other first-round pick, d-man Jakub Zboril, was signed in July.
Lauzon was taken in the second round, 52nd overall.
The Boston Bruins have reassigned veteran forward Max Talbot to AHL Providence.
Talbot was recalled last week in the wake of Chris Kelly‘s injury. However, with the emergence of Frank Vatrano and the expected return of David Pastrnak from a foot contusion, Talbot was not able to maintain his spot on the roster.
Vatrano, 21, has played two games for the Bruins. He scored in his first, at Montreal on Saturday. And while he didn’t score in his second, he did register five shots Sunday in Brooklyn.
Talbot didn’t register a point in his three-game return to the B’s. He was a combined minus-2 with five shots.
The Bruins host Colorado on Thursday.
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