Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara can't explain Bruins falling so flat

Mike Petraglia
January 01, 2016 - 1:39 pm
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FOXBORO -- No excuses. The Bruins managed just three shots in the opening 20 minutes of the biggest hockey spectacle in New England since the 2013 Stanley Cup finals. They went a span of 15 minutes in the first period without a single shot. The Bruins were without the suspended Brad Marchand and the injured David Krejci but still, Bruins players couldn't come up with a reason for such a flat effort in a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the 2016 Winter Classic. "We couldn't generate any rhythm," Patrice Bergeron said. "We weren't first on pucks. We were second on every one of them, and you can'€™t get any pucks on net if you don'€™t have the puck, so that was basically the reason why." Tuukka Rask stormed off the ice and into the locker room, where he blew off some serious steam following the loss in which he saved 13 of 14 shots in the first period. "Obviously he made some big saves, he was our best player," B's captain Zdeno Chara said. "We didn't play the way we should have in front of him. "I think everyone'€™s really disappointed, really frustrated with the way we showed up," Bergeron said. "And I can'€™t pinpoint one reason why, but yeah it'€™s tough to get embarrassed like that in a big game. I think Tuukka was the reason why we were down by one and we had to find something to get back in the game and it wasn't happening," Bergeron said. "Even the chances we got, you know, the few chances where we could, you know, maybe get a goal and we weren't bearing down and we weren't making plays, and, you know, it can'€™t happen and it'€™s definitely a tough loss for us. "I think I was trying to do that in warm up and kind of appreciate and soak everything in and realize how special it was to be on the ice and be there. After that I was trying to get focused and get back to being ready and yeah, so it'€™s tough to enjoy when you'€™re playing catch up hockey all game." Chara agreed with Bergeron's assessment. "Yeah, it'€™s disappointing for sure. You know we weren't skating well, we weren't moving the puck well," Chara said. "On the other hand, they were doing everything they were supposed to. You know it'€™s for sure disappointing, it'€™s a big game, it'€™s a big stage. It'€™s obviously a game that you want to have a good game, have a good performance and we didn't. "We knew we had a chance at that point, we knew we only had a few shots. They were controlling the first 20. At that point even after having a bad first twenty we were still only one goal behind. That was kind of the only positive that we could have took out of the first period."