|01.01.16 at 5:47 pm ET|
FOXBORO — In the immediate aftermath of the Bruins’ 5-1 stinker to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic, Tuukka Rask stormed off the ice, walked very fast on his skates and blew off some steam in the Bruins locker room.
The steam was audible from the long list of media waiting to get into the room, which doubles as the visitor’s locker room during Patriots’ games.
“We didn’t have our legs. We weren’t moving. They came out hard. We weren’t making any plays. They got the first goal and then I think that might have deflated us even more. First two periods, I haven’t seen us play so bad in a while. It was bad.
“You would think that, especially when we’re missing guys like we are, you’d have to play hard and stick with the system, and it definitely didn’t look like that today.”
After generating just three shots in a lame first period, the Bruins had several chances to make it close in the second period. Matt Belesky’s goal was waved off after the play was whistled dead. To end the period, Ryan Spooner waited too long for Mike Condon to adjust in goal and his wrist shot found Condon’s glove just before the final horn of the second period.
“It’s a 1-0 game, 2-0, you’re expecting to get that next goal and keep the game tight. But when they make it 3-0, it makes it even more difficult to climb. We never could overcome that. Overall, we didn’t definitely didn’t deserve to win.”
But again, Rask kept coming back to the mental approach of the Bruins.
“I think we were just mentally not there, I guess, and weren’t executing the game plan like we wanted to. We didn’t skate. When a couple of little things go wrong like that, it becomes big and that’s the way it looked like. We gave up a ton of scoring chances in the first two periods. That’s just unlike us. For those you give up, you have to create some scoring chances and we didn’t do that.
“When things go wrong, you have to stick with a game plan and play your system and we didn’t do that. And it just snowballs. We’re trying out there and sometimes, you just don’t have it. Today, we get scored on a couple of times in front of the net. It definitely hurt us.”
Rask was asked about the conditions and whether the wind, which NBC’s Pierre McGuire noted several times in the broadcast, was a factor.
“I felt fine. It felt like a normal game, a little breeze sometimes but it felt like a normal game,” Rask said. “Great event but to lose like that that takes the fun out of it, obviously. Too bad we couldn’t give the fans a little bit more to cheer for.
“We looked flat out there and they kind of caught us off guard. It’s disappointing. It’s very disappointing. I really don’t know what else to say.”
|01.01.16 at 4:20 pm ET|
The Canadiens skated to an 5-1 victory over the B’s at the annual outdoor event Friday at Gillette Stadium as Boston failed to get into an offensive rhythm early and never caught up.
The first period saw the B’s attempt only four shots in the first period, three of which made it to Canadiens goalie Mike Condon. In that time, the Habs jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from David Desharnais. It was 3-0 on a Brendan Gallagher goal before Matt Beleskey finally got the Bruins on the board at 3:56 of the third period. Any momentum that Beleskey’s goal could have generated was negated when Max Pacioretty scored off the rush nearly five minutes later. Byron added his second of the game in the final minutes of regulation.
The loss prevented the Bruins from jumping into first place in the Atlantic Division, instead letting the Habs leapfrog the Panthers for the top spot in the division. The B’s and Canadiens will have their final regular-season meeting on Jan. 19 in Montreal.
Here are four more things we learned at the Winter Classic:
BRUINS CAN’T PROTECT THE HOUSE
Tuukka Rask allowed more than three goals for the first time in 14 games, but it was hard to blame him given that he was under siege in the first period and the Bruins struggled to get pucks out of dangerous areas throughout the game.
The Canadiens’ first three goals came from right in front of the net. David Desharnais knocked in a bouncing puck off a Dale Weise shot for Montreal’s first goal, with Montreal making it 2-0 when Paul Byron buried a rebound right in front of Rask after Adam McQuaid was unable to get the puck out. Brendan Gallagher, playing in his first game back from a hand injury, connected in mid-air on a puck that Pacioretty flung in front off the rush.
|01.01.16 at 1:55 pm ET|
So it should come as no surprise that Julien decided to pay homage to Belichick by wearing a Bruins hoodie for Friday’s Winter Classic against the Canadiens. Here’s video of Julien showing off his hoodie to Belichick, courtesy of the Bruins’ Twitter account.
|01.01.16 at 12:14 pm ET|
|01.01.16 at 12:02 pm ET|
If his first post of 2016 is any indication, this is going to be another strong year for Tom Brady on Facebook.
Rask and the Bruins take on the rival Canadiens at Gillette Stadium Friday afternoon.
|01.01.16 at 11:20 am ET|
The Bruins host the Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Friday, and WEEI has been in Foxboro all week. Check out our photos from Thursday and Friday here.
WEEI.com’s DJ Bean also hosted a Winter Classic Special with Joe McDonald and Pete Blackburn at Bar Louie just outside Gillette. Mark Recchi and Kathryn Tappen were among those who stopped by.
|12.31.15 at 7:05 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Bruins over yesteryear got the Winter Classic result they wanted. Now the actual ones will hope for a similar result.
Playing in front of 42,193 people in the Winter Classic Alumni Game, the B’s skated to a 5-4 shootout victory over the Habs alumni. Mark Recchi had two goals in regulation and one in the shootout, while Ray Bourque scored the deciding shootout goal. Sergei Samsonov and Marco Sturm also chipped in with goals.
Sturm’s third-period goal paled to the last one he scored outdoors, as he scored the game-winning overtime goal in the 2010 Winter Classic against the Flyers at Fenway Park.