Commentary

Updated: October 12, 2014, 1:06 AM ET


By
Joe McDonald
| ESPNBoston.com


BOSTON — Bruins captain Zdeno Chara normally keeps his postgame interviews basic and brief. What he tells reporters isn’t necessarily the same message he gives his teammates behind closed doors.

But on occasion he’s compelled to deviate from that philosophy, and after Saturday’s ugly 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals at TD Garden, Chara spoke his mind publicly.

“We just got embarrassed and we all have to really look at what we can start doing better and really take pride in that because a game like tonight is not acceptable,” Chara said. “It’s something we have to correct really fast.”

With the 2014-2015 season just three games in, the Bruins are 1-2-0 and have played poorly in both losses, so Chara felt it best to express how important a strong start to the season is to Boston’s success.

Chara doesn’t like the team’s attitude and body language, and he believes the players need to be mentally stronger and better prepared than what they’ve have shown so far. He wasn’t making any excuses after Saturday’s loss, refusing to blame the new players on the team or the fact that the Bruins have already played three games in four nights.

“There’s been a few things said, but right now it’s about the action, not just about the talk,” Chara said. “We all know that the most important thing is to do it on the ice instead of just saying things in the room.”

Chara wasn’t the only veteran leader disgusted with the team’s performance in the early going Saturday, especially after losing 2-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena. The Bruins needed to respond versus Washington, but they …read more