In the postmortem of Thursday’s double overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins weren’t outwardly discouraged by their loss.
But if there was ever a time to read the team’s body language, you could tell they were seething under the surface.
Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban dumped in a one-timer for the game-winner, his second goal of the night, and Montreal goalie Carey Price stopped 48 shots as the Habs took a 1-0 lead in their Stanley Cup Playoff series.
The Bruins outshot their opponent 51-33 and missed on some fantastic opportunities. One in particular stood out, a shot from Carl Soderberg that danced across the crease behind Price. But there were other point-blank misses by Jarome Iginla, Brad Marchand, and David Krejci, as well.
“Honestly, some days that happens,” Iginla said. “We’d love to score on every shot and every chance, but some days they make a great save or you just miss your spot or you don’t elevate it, so I didn’t think anything like that. We get those same chances and on any other night we’d have a bunch.”
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask even tried to put some of the blame on himself. After all, he did give up four goals in the first game of the series after giving up only six goals against the Red Wings in five games.
“We played overall a good five-on-five. Pretty much dominated,” Rask said, breaking down the game. “Had a lot of chances, couldn’t score. But I was shit today. Got to be better.”
But it was those missed opportunities that really stuck in their craw. Bruins coach Claude Julien lamented those chances, but tried very much to put a positive spin on the situation.
“This is just game No. 1,” Julien said. “You don’t get frustrated after one game. I didn’t mind the way our team played tonight. We had lots of chances. Sure, we fell behind 2-0, but we showed some resiliency and came back and I thought we carried play for the most part, and obviously in that first OT period. Probably the only thing is, we got to find a way to bury those great opportunities that we had. That’s probably where there’s some regrets there, and burying those chances.”