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Claude Julien thinks shootouts suck because the Bruins suck at them (Puck Daddy)

The Boston Bruins lost in a shootout to the Calgary Flames on Thursday night thanks to a goal by something called “Dave Schlemko,” and coach Claude Julien spoke on behalf of our bittersweet hearts afterwards regarding the skills competition. From WEEI.com: So, when asked about shootouts following Thursday’s loss, Julien cut off the question. “They suck,” he said. The reporter responded, “Hmm?” before Julien enunciated a little better. “They suck,” he repeated as clearly as he could. “That’s my [feelings on] the shootout.” He added that “It’s the not the reason we lost tonight, but we’ve been definitely challenged in that area.” Which is correct, as the Bruins have gone 2-7 in the shootout, leaving five valuable points on the table. Then again, the also-rans that are creeping up on the Bruins for the last playoff spot haven’t exactly killed it in the shootout either. The Philadelphia Flyers are 3-7 and the Ottawa Senators are 3-6. The Florida Panthers are dealing in volume, having won 6 of 16 shootouts. The NHL record of 21 shootout appearances was set last season by the Washington Capitals; pick up the pace, ‘Cats! But back to our lead story: Shootouts suck. Bring on the 3-on-3. s/t Kevin Vahey MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY