Posts tagged Julien

Bruins Ready for the Rangers

WILMINGTON – By defeating the New Jersey Devils Thursday night, the Bruins improved to 30-13-1 – just one point behind the Eastern Conference leading New York Rangers (29-12-4, 62).

Sure, the win puts the Bruins in a position to take over the conference lead if they beat the Rangers Saturday.

But more importantly, the win restored the confidence the Black & Gold look to carry into their battle against the second-best team in the NHL.

One Step Forward – Taking a penalty 36 seconds overtime is not an ideal way to start an extra frame, and when one of the team’s best penalty killers is not on the ice, it can be disastrous.

Forward Patrice Bergeron was sent to the box for an uncharacteristic hooking penalty, and the pressure was on the Bruins to kill the man-advantage without Rich Peverley, who flew home to attend personal matters.

Head Coach Claude Julien turned to forward Zach Hamill to step up, and he was impressed with his efforts on the penalty kill.

Thomas Lifts Bruins Past Habs

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien and B’s forward Milan Lucic didn’t dance around the fact that Thursday’s 2-1 win was an ugly one – and it would be hard to argue other wise.

But if there was one satisfying aspect of the win, it was the play of goaltender Tim Thomas.

Thomas made 33 saves on the night, turning away 16 in the first period as the Bruins took a lead on a fluky goal by forward Jordan Caron.  

Julien Stands Behind Marchand

BOSTON.COM – After Saturday night’s loss to Vancouver, Head Coach Claude Julien defended Brad Marchand’s hit on defenseman Sami Salo and said he tells his players to protect themselves.

With the history the organization has in regards to the concussions suffered by Patrice Bergeron, Nathan Horton, Marc Savard and others, Julien’s protective stance certainly isn’t arbitrary.

Yet, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault called Julien’s comments “stupid”, and the B’s Head Coach emphatically stood behind his Saturday statements on Monday.

It's Not Game 8 — Coach Julien and his staff will head to Ottawa for this year’s NHL All-Star festivities later this month, but the only superstars that the B’s bench boss was thinking about were the ones in his locker room going into today’s matchup between the No.2 in NHL Boston Bruins (26-10-1) and the No.3 Vancouver Canucks (25-13-3).

Of course, there will be some attention paid to the collection of all-world players who prepare for the marquee matinee matchup in the TD Garden vistors’ locker room as well.

But Julien did his best to quell the supposition that today’s matchup would be akin to a Game 8 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.