Bruins popped by Caps after sleepy matinee start

Bruins have to wake up sooner.

BOSTON — Wake-up calls have been a problem with the Bruins dating back to Tyler Seguin’s missed breakfast in Winnipeg back in December.

However, the team’s recent sleepiness has struck the entire squad at the outset of day games. For the second time in four games, today the Bruins fell behind 2-0 before the first half of the first period was even completed.

The Bruins battled back against Washington to tie the game at 2 early in the second period, but weren’t able to finish off a second comeback from two goals down en route to a 4-3 loss at the TD Garden.

Boston also fell behind 2-0 at the New York Rangers last Sunday in a game that the Bruins lost 4-3. Just like that MSG matinee, head coach Claude Julien called timeout after the second goal against and the team responded. But moving forward the team will have to find a way to avoid playing catch-up hockey.

The Bruins have allowed the first goal in four straight games.

“It’s tough to play catch-up hockey in this league and that’s what we’ve been doing a lot – way too much,” said head coach Claude Julien. “And we’re struggling with playing with the lead and creating it. So, I just kind of slowed things down again and told them we had to pick up our pace here and had to pick up our game. So, scored a big goal late in the first and it kind of gave us some life again. But, same thing happened again the second period, spot them another two-goal lead.”

For the full game story, check out my NHL.com recap.

After the game, the Bruins announced that winger Max Sauve was recalled from the Providence (AHL) farm club on an emergency basis. Sauve’s services might be necessary because Benoit Pouliot, a late scratch against the Capitals, is nursing a lower-body injury.

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