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BOSTON — Claude Julien was not a happy camper after the Canadiens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Boston Bruins on Sunday night at the TD Garden.
The Bruins took the lead on a third-period power-play goal by David Backes, and Julien took exception to the holding call against Nick Cousins that gave the Bruins the advantage.
“I thought we played really, really well, but the penalty call behind the net changed the outcome of the game,” Julien said. “It was unfortunate. It was a bad call. (Torey) Krug’s stick is stuck under his own player. In a 1-1 hockey game, you got to make sure when you make those calls, and I’m pissed off at the way it was handled. (The referee) is not in a good position to see it and he makes that call. That ends giving them the go-ahead goal and takes away an opportunity for us to win a hockey game.
“For 45, 46, 47 minutes, we were playing solid hockey,” Julien added. “We needed that win desperately, and now we have to go back home and find a way to win the next one.”
The defeat extended the Canadiens’ losing streak to eight games (0-5-3). Julien said there was little consolation in the fact the Canadiens tightened the defence in this game and in Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre.
“I can’t stand here and tell our fans that I’m happy, because the fact is we’re not winning,” Julien said. “They want wins. They don’t care about these positive things from our team. I do know that we played well. We didn’t give them much. I could see frustration on the other side creeping in as the game went on because we weren’t giving them much. But, eventually, (David) Pastrnak scores an unbelievable goal. He has the hot hand right now. We’re still in the game, but that power play changed the game, and from there on we just lost the momentum.
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“We’re pros here and we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, because you don’t get out of it that way,” he said. “We have to keep pushing. Maybe next time the break goes our way, but the call goes against us and we paid for it.”
With Victor Mete out of the lineup and Julien showing little confidence in Gustav Olofsson, Ben Chiarot played a monster game. He was on the ice for 29: 26, delivered four hits and blocked three shots. When it was over, he reflected on the thin line between winning and losing.
“We were right for most of the game,” Chiarot said. “We let their most dangerous player get behind us. Two seconds and it’s a tie game. Power play, they score. That’s how quickly it turns around. When you’re playing a dangerous team like that, you have to be perfect, and we weren’t. You have to check your assignment, you have to know your position. The leading goal-scorer gets behind you, and there goes what was a good road game by us for the most part.”
Olofsson’s ice time was limited to 7: 04, but he was the defenceman who allowed Pastrnak to enter the zone and rip a shot over Carey Price’s left shoulder for the tying goal.
“He got a lot on that one,” Price said. “He buried his head and shot it as hard as he could. It’s funny how goal-scorers like him find the net. It was a good shot.”
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