Check out the video above for postgame reaction from Boston's Aaron Ward, PJ Axelsson, and Tim Thomas, as they react to San Jose's 5-2 triumph over the Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.
The theme of the night: A lesson learned for the Bruins, who watched the Sharks score four third-period goals to emerge with a win in a matchup of the two top teams in the NHL.
"Thatís the way our players react: They look at it as lesson learned," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I think they were disappointed because when we went into the third period with a lead and thought we could continue to compete. But it took a few mistakes and again just not having enough, I guess enough energy to push back, having to play with a short bench and they just didnít have it tonight.
"And unfortunately against a team like that itís already pretty hard to play against them with a full lineup and when you have to shorten your bench because of injuries, [that] certainly doesnít help matters. Give them credit, guys, they played a real good game, they played a patient game. We had a good first period, but as the game went on they started picking up their game and we had our hands full.
Thomas made 26 stops, but knows there's room for improvement after a rough third stanza.
"We learn something every game the whole year," said Thomas. "I think overall weíve done very well so thereís a lot of positive things, but obviously we can play better because we have earlier this year so thereís good, but thereís room for improvement."
So where do the Bruins stack up against the elite of the NHL?
"I think weíre there, but obviously thereís room for improvement if youíre always looking at it as potential to get better," said Ward. "Itís a positive sign. I think that obviously with our youth, weíre still learning. With our team, weíve got some lessons to learn with our competition. Big game against Jersey coming up and we have to realize that every game is important whether or not itís on a national level like it was today or itís a game against a conference foe that means a lot more in the standings."