A few postgame quotes from a quiet Bruins locker room after their 4-0 loss to the Flyers in Game 5 tonight at the Garden . . .
On their offensive struggles: "We didn't generate too many good shots, and we didn't set up shots very well. We've got to do a better job of executing, especially when we get an opportunity like [when Flyers goalie Brian Boucher left with an injury and was replaced by Michael Leighton]. We had chance to get ourselves back in the game, and we need to start making our chances count."
On the Flyers' performance: "It's a credit to them for their hard work. Whenever teams outwork you, you tend to take penalties [the Flyers had eight power plays]. I think the biggest thing there we have to start playing like that so they can take penalties against us."
On the absence of David Krejci: “He obviously has a lot of offensive upside to him but I think people underrate his defensive zone play. He plays a lot of minutes for us and we miss him, but that shouldn’t be an excuse at all. We expect guys to bring their game up and step in when a guy goes down like that.”
On whether the Bruins were overconfident after taking a 3-1 lead in the series: "It seems like it right now. . . . I'm not going to take away anything from them, they've played great the last to games, but we're not where we've wanted to be as a team."
On the Bruins' state of mind: “We still lead the series, we have to get ready mentally and physically for the next one. We know it’s going to be really tough but we have done it in the past. Certainly we do believe we can do it.”
On why they struggled in Game 5: “I don’t know if we were a little bit nervous, it’s hard to explain, to find words for it. We didn’t play with the composure we were usually playing with.”
On the performance of Michael Leighton in relief of Flyers starting goalie Brian Boucher, who was injured in the second period: "If you're not playing well, it doesn't really matter who's is in goal, if you're having a hard time executing. In Game 6, we have to bounce back and play with the same desperation [in Game 6] that they played with tonight."
On whether the loss was surprising: "It's surprising, because we've been pretty good about rebounding from losses. But overall, the bottom line is that we still lead the series, and we will learn from this. It was an ugly game, we'll get it out of our system, we'll go over it and regroup tomorrow and get ready for Wednesday. . . . That's the great thing about hockey. We'll get this out of our system, go to Philly, and play the way we're capable of playing."
On the difficulty of closing out a series: "The fourth one is the hardest to get, it's always that way. They got a huge win the other night, they played better than us tonight, but the great thing is we're still up in the series. We still have home ice, and we still have an opportunity to go up and win the series Wednesday. We have to realize that we're going to have to be a heck of a lot better, and a heck of a lot more desperate, because I think they've shown they want to win this series and get back in it. Now it's our turn to go out there and play our best."
On the return of Simon Gagne to the Flyers' lineup: "He's a world-class player. He's a great goal-scorer and he's got speed and I think he's definitely made a difference. He's given Richards . . .they play well together, and with three goals in two games, he's had an impact. We're going to have to go out there and find a way to slow him down a little bit."
On whether this game will serve as a wakeup call: "Yeah, I hope that's our worst performance of the playoffs."
On what needs to improve: “We weren't sharp in their end in front of the net or in our end. We have to get better than that. They made some good plays and scored some goals.”
On whether the Bruins were nervous with the opportunity to clinch: "Yeah, maybe, a little bit . . . . I think everybody realize now that it's not going to get any better, that we just need to go out there and do what we can do and play our game. [We should be confident] in Game 6. It's just one loss."