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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 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