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It Starts With Defense

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BOSTON, MA - Every time an opposing coach comes into TD Garden, he’s often asked about the Bruins’ style of play, and what has led to their success.

The Bruins currently sit atop the Atlantic Division with 81 points and a 38-17-5 record. They haven’t lost more than two games in a row all season, and that has only happened four times.

But high expectations often lead to a “happy but not satisfied” room that is constantly looking to improve and strive for consistency.

In the case of the Florida Panthers, they in turn sit at seventh place in the Atlantic Division, with 53 points and a 23-31-7 record.

So, when Panthers Head Coach Peter Horachek was asked about his team on Tuesday morning, in the hallway of TD Garden outside the visiting team locker room, he responded, “Well, we’d like to have the same record as Boston, but we don’t.”

Horachek went on during the media availability to speak about culture and what they’re trying to build in Florida.

'Boston obviously has that and has had that for a while - what do you look at as the key to their success?' the bench boss was asked.

"Well, Claude has them playing a really solid defensive game. I mean, you win with defense. Your offense is there and everybody looks at the offense, ‘they can score goals’ and ‘Lucic and Krejci can score goals,’ but really, their strength is in their team defense."

"They have good goaltending, they have defense and they have strong forwards that compete all over the ice. They have a cultural attitude that says they work hard and work on all those 50-50 pucks and they win those battles, and that’s where you want to be as a team."

"You play well as a team, you stick together, and they have a good environment and a good culture, and they work hard at eliminating situations and realizing where people fit in, and don’t fit in, and they get their team to that point."

While the Black & Gold may go through their ebbs and flows, the core culture is there, and we see that emerge time and time again.

And no matter the opponent, it’s always interesting to hear an outside perspective on it.

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To me, he’s always been that guy that’s that perfect fit. He’s as reliable defensively as he is offensively. He’s going to give you a fair amount of production and a fair amount of points, yet he’s going to give you that same kind of, I guess, comfort feeling in your end of the ice as well. Those guys are hard to find and when you have them, you try to hold onto them.
-Head Coach Claude Julien, on Patrice Bergeron, following his two-goal, three-point night in the Bruins’ 7-2 win over Ottawa

DALLAS, TX - Dallas Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff knows the Boston Bruins.Having coached Buffalo for 15 years (not to mention, playing against the Spoked-B years ago), he’s seen the Bruins’ identity and Julien’s influence on the team. It comes down to what we’ve heard from the Bruins’ bench boss many times before: attention to details."Every team stresses that, the fundamentals. You know, I think that Boston, playing them all these years, for me, Claude does an exceptional job with the fundamentals of the game," Ruff said during his pregame media availability with reporters in Dallas on January 16."Stick on puck, and being in the right place, and being in the right lanes, and how to win the battles and getting above the puck and making people come through you.""Those are all the fundamentals that I think he’s been terrific with his team, and you stress on trying to build those fundamentals with your own team."^CS

DALLAS, TX - Dallas Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff knows the Boston Bruins.

Having coached Buffalo for 15 years (not to mention, playing against the Spoked-B years ago), he’s seen the Bruins’ identity and Julien’s influence on the team. It comes down to what we’ve heard from the Bruins’ bench boss many times before: attention to details.

"Every team stresses that, the fundamentals. You know, I think that Boston, playing them all these years, for me, Claude does an exceptional job with the fundamentals of the game," Ruff said during his pregame media availability with reporters in Dallas on January 16.

"Stick on puck, and being in the right place, and being in the right lanes, and how to win the battles and getting above the puck and making people come through you."

"Those are all the fundamentals that I think he’s been terrific with his team, and you stress on trying to build those fundamentals with your own team."

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What’s better than a Bruins-Habs “friendly” matchup?

The Bruins went through their pregame paces this morning, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, preparing for tonight’s game between the rivals.

Above are a few scenes from morning skate…

1) First off, Gregory Campbell firing pucks at the boards while waiting to jump into his faceoff rounds with Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis.

(During skate, I usually watch rushes, before roaming a bit to try and get photos. No. 11 may or may not have been [he was] nonchalantly firing the shots because I had the phone camera in the first row, literally pushed right up against the glass. Hey, it made for this great photo of the Merlot Liner.)

2 and 3) The Bell Centre has to be one of my favorite road arenas. The history in the rafters, the red seats that welcome us every time we arrive at the empty, quiet rink. And the atmosphere that fills the seats come game-time. Away from the Garden, this is one of the best.

4) Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis dropping pucks for faceoff practice with David Krejci and the Bruins’ centermen. There’s a reason that Boston has been a dominant team in faceoffs season after season. Patrice Bergeron always helps their statistics, but “Jarvy” (the ultimate NHL ironman in his playing days with Montreal) leads the charge.

5) Shawn Thornton heading out onto the ice for pregame stick (stick tap to our video producer who captured this great shot).

6) Center-ice stretch to wrap up skate. The Bruins seemed undecided as to who to force into the middle to lead the stretch, until sending Quebec native Jordan Caron in.

7) Big Zee making his warmup rounds.

8) Patrice Bergeron speaking with reporters pregame. It’s always two “media scrums” for Bergy in Montreal, with the first go-round in French, followed by a round of the often same questions in Engligh.

9) Same goes for Coach Julien. Montreal is often the largest media contingent we encounter on the road, with the bilingual scrums for both Julien and Bergeron.

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"Kells is your replacement on the power play, so he wants you to take your time…"The latest episode of Behind the B shows all-access moments like above, when Loui Eriksson rejoined the team for the first time since his concussion, and joked around with Chris Kelly and Coach Julien.
Watch Episode 4: http://bbru.in/1bmApUn

"Kells is your replacement on the power play, so he wants you to take your time…"

The latest episode of Behind the B shows all-access moments like above, when Loui Eriksson rejoined the team for the first time since his concussion, and joked around with Chris Kelly and Coach Julien.

Watch Episode 4: http://bbru.in/1bmApUn

Krug a Risk-Taker, and Always Will Be
Torey Krug ranks second on the Bruins through 14 games with five goals (Milan Lucic leads with seven), including three scored on the power play.
For offensive defensemen like Krug, there’s always a risk involved with jumping into the play. It’s a characteristic that has positioned him well, playing with a stay-at-home blueliner like Adam McQuaid. It’s often up to the forwards as well, to offer support when he pinches in, or dances his way from the blueline into the circles.
The young D like Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski all bring an offensive element to the B’s lineup. Head Coach Claude Julien has stressed from the beginning, that the trio has plenty of confidence in their play in the O-zone; where most of the growing pains will occur is on the defensive side of the puck.
Still, the Bruins aren’t playing it safe with the young defensemen like Krug as they continue to progress.
"You have to let the player play. I think you just let him play," said Julien, when asked about Krug pregame, as the B’s were prepping to face the Florida Panthers. "[Torey’s] game offensively is almost a natural part of it so you let him do that stuff. I don’t think there’s too many times where he makes bad decisions up front. If he does, it’s going to happen once in a while."
"There’s always a risk and reward; you want to minimize that risk. That’s what you want to do. But right now I think he’s doing well offensively so certainly not going to take that part of his game away from him."
"We’re going to try and tell him to clean up his five-on-five game, defensively, making good passes and not being sloppy in his own end."
"But offensively, I think he’s been a breath of fresh air for our hockey club."
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Krug a Risk-Taker, and Always Will Be

Torey Krug ranks second on the Bruins through 14 games with five goals (Milan Lucic leads with seven), including three scored on the power play.

For offensive defensemen like Krug, there’s always a risk involved with jumping into the play. It’s a characteristic that has positioned him well, playing with a stay-at-home blueliner like Adam McQuaid. It’s often up to the forwards as well, to offer support when he pinches in, or dances his way from the blueline into the circles.

The young D like Krug, Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski all bring an offensive element to the B’s lineup. Head Coach Claude Julien has stressed from the beginning, that the trio has plenty of confidence in their play in the O-zone; where most of the growing pains will occur is on the defensive side of the puck.

Still, the Bruins aren’t playing it safe with the young defensemen like Krug as they continue to progress.

"You have to let the player play. I think you just let him play," said Julien, when asked about Krug pregame, as the B’s were prepping to face the Florida Panthers.

"[Torey’s] game offensively is almost a natural part of it so you let him do that stuff. I don’t think there’s too many times where he makes bad decisions up front. If he does, it’s going to happen once in a while."

"There’s always a risk and reward; you want to minimize that risk. That’s what you want to do. But right now I think he’s doing well offensively so certainly not going to take that part of his game away from him."

"We’re going to try and tell him to clean up his five-on-five game, defensively, making good passes and not being sloppy in his own end."

"But offensively, I think he’s been a breath of fresh air for our hockey club."

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Chemistry Always Comes Easily for Bruins

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Just how important is chemistry to a team?

Whether on or off the ice, especially at the start of a new season, the buzz word gets thrown around constantly.

Because, really, it’s that beneficial to the way a group of individuals like the men in the spoked-B find success together.

"It always is and you’ve heard so many players say it, and a lot of them have been veteran players, from Mark Recchi to even Jags [Jaromir Jagr] who said this was one of the best groups he’s ever been with," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said following his team’s October 8 practice.

"That speaks volume to me, anyways, that our room is that close and good to each other, and guys that have come in have never heard a guy say, ‘Nobody made me feel comfortable here at home.’ The guys have done a good job of that."

I just sent him a text to congratulate him. I think he’s deserving, everybody who knows him here knows what kind of a person he was and what kind of a leader he was on and off the ice. They’ve got a young team over there and the minute he signed there, in the back of my mind I thought he had an opportunity to become the Captain there and I think they made a great choice—very deserving and because of who he is and what he represents and what he does for a hockey team.  

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien, on Andrew Ference being named Captain of the Edmonton Oilers

Coach Julien Checks In

WILMINGTON, MA - The second day of the Bruins’ seventh annual Development Camp kicked off today, with the 24 prospects hitting the ice for long sessions of stickhandling work.

In between sessions, Bruins’ Head Coach Claude Julien addressed the slew of media gathered at Ristuccia Arena for camp.

Julien, along with his assistant coaches, and nearly the B’s entire scouting, management and coaching staff has been perched on the top bench of the arena for the past two days, peering down, watching the prospects closely.

But on Thursday, there was more news to discuss than just the latest crop of Bruins’ hopefuls making their way through drills.

Coach Julien answered reporters’ questions ranging from recent roster moves, to Tuukka Rask's new eight-year contract, to his impressions of Loui Eriksson and Jarome Iginla, and more.

Read the full feature by clicking here or on the link above.

Daniel Paille shares a smile with Coach Julien in the locker room following the Bruins’ Game 3 shutout win Monday night, in which he netted his second straight game-winner.View the rest of the “Black and White in Black and Gold” photo galleries here: http://bbru.in/12IlncJ

Daniel Paille shares a smile with Coach Julien in the locker room following the Bruins’ Game 3 shutout win Monday night, in which he netted his second straight game-winner.

View the rest of the “Black and White in Black and Gold” photo galleries here: http://bbru.in/12IlncJ