Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that he had positive feelings about the team's progress going into Tuesday's game with the Flyers, but "after the first period, it was a different story."
"I saw lackadaisical play, and certainly it's not the type of energy or attitude you want going into the playoffs," he said of Boston's 5-2 loss to Philadelphia.
Speaking on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Chiarelli didn't blame coach Claude Julien for the Bruins' current problems, but said the entire team should take responsibility. He also pointed out that players competing for ice time haven't stepped up like they need to.
The Bruins have just three regular-season games left, and Chiarelli sounded concerned about whether his team can fix its problems before the playoffs begin.
“Teams don’t flip the switch, let’s be clear on that, it just doesn't happen." he said. “So, we've got to put last night aside, we've got to build on what we had been building on in the previous three games. I know the results weren’t there in the previous three games, but we had good, strong periods, successive periods. That made me feel better. So we've got to get back to that. There'll be no flipping switches here."
He touched on the Bruins' strategy moving forward.
"We'd like to win the division," he said. "We've tried to rest some guys. ... You win the division, you're in a better spot going forward in the playoffs. ... You want to get the team in a winning spirit and I thought we were going in that direction. I really liked the successive string of periods we played in the last few games before last night, but we took a step back last night.”