BOSTON – Two-tenths of a second.

It’s been that kind of a start to the Boston Bruins season.

With time about to expire, the Colorado Avalanche pressuring Bruins’ goalie Niklas Svedberg, Daniel Briere slapped a desperation shot at the corner of the crease with two-tenths of a second left to give the Avalanche a 2-1 win over the Bruins.

“I think overall our team played better and it’s a bitter pill to swallow because you lose a game in that fashion,” head coach Claude Julien said. “But had it been the other way and we won that 2-1 game, I think everybody would have been fairly pleased with the effort.”

After a slow start to the season with losses in two of the first three games, Bruins Julien vowed he would reevaluate the lines.

On Monday, in the Columbus Day matinee against the Avalanche, with the lines reworked and the Bruins almost scraped out a 1-1 tie in regulation. Almost.

It marked a tough start to the Bruins’ first game in of a four-games-in-six-days bout.

David Krejci’s return to the lineup figured to spark the top line as the Bruins entered with just three goals in the first three games. Krejci fired off a shot from the right circle in his first shift, rejoining Milan Lucic and recent Providence recall Seth Griffith.

“I think it was a better effort,” Julien said. “Better concentration. Some of those crucial mistakes came back to bite us and that’s the story of this afternoon’s game. I saw some improvement in our team overall and I saw some positive things happen now we just have to turn these things into wins.”

Through one period there was not much to show for it. And it got worse before it got better.

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