The Bruins are only 2-7 in shootouts this season. (USATSI)
The Boston Bruins were on the losing end of a shootout on Thursday night to the Calgary Flames, a game that featured a pretty slick goal from Flames defenseman David Schlemko to win it.
For the Bruins, it was a pretty big point left on the table as they try to keep some distance between them and the teams trying to chase them down in the Eastern Conference playoff race (Florida, Philadelphia and Ottawa).
It was also their latest loss in the shootout dropping them to 2-7 in them on the season.
After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien was asked about his team’s performance in the shootout and instead used it as an opportunity to voice his displeasure on the shootout in general.
Basically, he thinks “it sucks.”
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Would he feel that way if his team was 7-2 this season instead of 2-7? Maybe not. But based on this it’s probably safe to assume that you can put Julien among the anti-shootout crowd. The NHL has attempted to cut down on the number of shootouts that happen in games this season by changing some rules in overtime, including making the two teams switch ends to create the longer line change that exists during the second period, but it really has not had much of an impact on reducing them.
Video via Mike Petraglia
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