BOSTON — The Bruins are a defensive team with a defensive-minded coach who has instituted a system rooted in playing defensive hockey.
If you watched the Bruins play the Sabres on Thursday night, though, you would think those statements are nothing more than bold-faced lies.
The B’s had by far their worst showing of the year Thursday in a 7-4 loss to Buffalo. It was an uncharacteristically sloppy game in just about every facet, but it was the defense that had Bruins head coach Claude Julien ready to tear what little hair he has left out after Boston’s first regulation loss of the season.
“Defensively, I don’t think I remember the last time we were this bad,” Julien said. “The breakdowns, and the mistakes and the opportunities that when you give [Thomas] Vanek those kind of opportunities, he’s gonna make the most of it.”
Julien gave due credit to Buffalo, who came into Boston for what was surely going to be an emotional tilt, and they delivered. The Sabres entered Thursday’s game 0-3...