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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  May 14, 2010 10:14 PM

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Quotes and reaction from an understandably somber Bruins locker room . . .

MILAN LUCIC:
On what went wrong: "We came out strong early, but [in the third period], we sat back and played not to win. . . .we came out playing so well, and you've got to stick with that philosophy that got you that lead. We didn't do that. We had opportunities to make it 4-1 and we didn't capitalize."

On the adjustments made by the Flyers after the timeout with 53 seconds remaining: "It was more so us. We just sat back."

On the too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty midway through the third period: "At that point of the game, you can't be taking a penalty like that. They got a late goal, it wasn't mean to be for us, and you've got to live with it."

On what he saw before the penalty: "Well, I saw two centermen out there, and I was like, 'What's going on?' Obviously something happened, there was a miscommunication and we had to get off before we got caught. We got caught."

On what the Bruins did to build a 3-0 lead in the game: "We rose to the occasion to start the game. We were physical and aggressive to start the game. And just because we were up 3-nothing doesn't mean the game was over at all. There's not much more to say, obviously. They came at us and were relentless and did what they had to do to win the game and the series."

On the reaction of the fans, who showered the ice with mini towels: "If I was them, I'd be reacting the same way. What kind of reaction would you expect from them? If the roles were reversed and we were in Philly right now and we won, I'd expect the exact same reaction from their fans. So don't blame them for the reaction at all."


SHAUN THORNTON:
On the too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty: "Well, I want to play a couple more years in this league so I don't want to bad mouth them too much, but I do think . . . I had a pretty good seat for the third period, and I was close to where the guy was changing and I think it was very, very, very gutsy call with seven minutes left with all of the other [expletive] that's going on out there.

On trying to put the season in perspective after a devastating loss: "I know everyone wrote us off after that last Pittsburgh game [in which the team was criticized for sluggish play and for not standing up to Matt Cooke, who had previously given Marc Savard a concussion on a questionable hit] and I know everyone did a great job of coming together and jelling and turning the season around. As far as the 3-0 thing goes . . . it'll be made out to be a little more because of the 3-0 lead, but if we we're down 3-2 it would be regarded with a different mentality. We let Game 6 get away and Game 7 with a one-goal edge, so it's one of those things you have to live with."

PATRICE BERGERON
On trying to overcome the Bruins' numerous injuries, including to star David Krejci in Game 3: "[Jeff] Carter wasn't playing and [Simon] Gagne missed a couple of games, so they had their injuries too and we can't blame it all on that. We've never put the blame on injuries all year and we've always kind of battled through it, and I don't think that should be any excuse right now."

TUUKKA RASK
On how the game played out: "The [Flyers] had a good second period and got a couple of goals and got back in the game, it was tight game going in to the third, then there was the power play {for too many men on the ice] and that's it. Both teams deserved to go forward in to the next round, and you know, they got it, so . . . "

On if can express his disappointment: "It’s huge. You’re up 3-0 and you let things slip. If hockey games would be decided by the first 10 minutes, we would have won today, but obviously they’re not. The whole season got together there in the third period when we got that too many men on the ice penalty. It’s what our problem was the whole year and they scored and it’s a huge disappointment."

On if a lot of the Flyers goals were deflections: "Yeah, but it’s playoff hockey. That’s what those goals are scored on in front of the net most of the time. They got some bounces, but obviously you got to deserve those bounces. As I said, if the hockey games would be decided in the first 10 minutes, I thought we were dominant in the first 10. We got the 3-0 lead, but it’s a 60-minute game."

On what changed in the second period: "You tell me. You saw it, I don’t know. We didn’t have that same jump and we kind of backed off maybe a little bit. And they came at us pretty hard too, they played good hockey. I don’t know. We just didn’t find that same jump as the first 10."

On if he could feel the energy slipping away: "It always changes during the game when the other teams scores and they get the momentum. It’s going back and forth. I’m not criticizing our effort or anything. I thought we battled hard. You got to deserve those bounces and today they deserved it."

On losing the 3-0 lead both in the game and in the series: "Yeah. We got up 3-0, but then they got that goal to kind of get some life. And you know, 3-1 in hockey games, it’s never over. If it would have been 3-0, maybe it would have been a different game. It’s disappointing. Tough penalty in the third, I don’t even know what happened there."

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