Reporting Mark Katic
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They’ve packed up the skates and sticks and now the Boston Bruins’ locker room is pretty empty.
The Bruins say they should be practicing and not packing for the offseason. Brad Marchand expressed disappointment that the team didn’t fare better.
“We weren’t there to play every single night and if we had just been a little more prepared, maybe it could have worked a little differently,” Marchand said.
Beyond that lack of spark, the Bruins were also dealing with injuries. Nathan Horton and Adam McQuaid were out, and Patrice Bergeron revealed that he was playing through a serious oblique strain.
“It was just hard to battle,” Bergeron said. I felt it first in Game 3 and it got worse in Game 5.”
David Krejci said he’s had a hard time thus far in moving on from the series.
“Especially when you go home and trying to fall asleep and you know that one goal could have made a difference,” Krejci said.
Plain old fatigue was a factor, too. Coach Claude Julien noted the Bruins played over 200 games in two years. Now it’s more time for more rest than the Bruins wanted.