It seemed very innocent and obvious when Bruins coach Claude Julien  gave his team credit for battling the hottest and best team in the NHL  to a 1-1 draw after two periods. After watching his team surrender three in the third, it became nothing more than another in a string of eight straight losses, 4-1 to Alex Ovechkin  and the Washington Capitals .
In short, Julien said they deserved the win on Tuesday night “if we had scored some goals.” Julien believed his team could have been up, 4-1, after two instead of tied.
And of course, deserving the win and earning the win is a bridge these struggling Bruins have yet to cross.
Here is what Julien had to say  for his troops following Tuesday’s setback, an eighth straight loss that gave them their longest losing skid in 54 seasons.