BOSTON — It was pretty obvious tonight that the Bruins players were already thinking about Belfast and Prague despite the presence of the Washington Capitals on the TD Garden ice.
The Caps took advantage of a listless Boston club in a 4-1 win, which dropped the Bruins’ preseason record to 1-3-1.
Earlier in the day, the Bruins held their media day instead of their usual morning skate. And then they had to pack for their big trip. But head coach Claude Julien still wanted to see a better performance from his club.
“I think, again, we’re not into lame excuses. But there’s been a lot on their plates today,” said the coach. “But I’m gonna just talk about the game. I still think our effort wasn’t a very good effort tonight. And I think they realize it as well. We’re at the stage right now where we’ve really cut down to our team. I would say, basically, camp is over. Let’s start working toward putting some lines together, working with them and we’ve got about nine days or 10 days here until the real deal starts. We should use that time to make our team better and get ourselves in sync.”
After the game, all 25 healthy players, plus Marco Sturm, boarded the charter for the flight to Belfast.