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On Sunday, March 3, the Bruins endured a frustrating 4-3 loss to Montreal. The Canadiens scored twice in the third period to seal the lead over Boston, largely because Bruin Zdeno Chara was out for 17 minutes serving penalties because he fought with Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin with only five minutes left in the second period.
Bruins coach Claude Julien started to lose his cool at the end of the game and accused the Canadiens of “embellishing.” As NHL.com reported, Julien said, “It’s frustrating because tonight as everybody saw, there’s a lot of embellishment.” He added, “And this is embarrassing for our game, the embellishing.”
Whether or not Julien’s accusations are merited, a veteran like Chara shouldn’t allow himself to get as physical as he did against the Canadiens. Boston can’t afford to lose Chara for 17 minutes during a playoff game.