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Lacking KO punch, Bruins may go distance

E-ZPass in hand, potentially a full weekend off to rest and enjoy the city at their leisure, the Bruins made a mess of things Friday night at the Garden. They opened with a lack of desperation and poor execution, a sure cocktail for disaster most nights in the regular season and a surefire abomination come playoff time.

“We got away from our game,’’ noted coach Claude Julien, whose squad will make its way back to Toronto on Saturday for a Game 6 at the Air Canada Centre Sunday night. “And it took us 40 minutes to get our game going.’’

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