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Coach Julien Expects More

The B's head coach looks for his club to refocus

Wednesday, 03.05.2008 / 10:34 AM / Features
By John Bishop  -
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Coach Julien Expects More
Last night, during his post game press conference, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien sounded as if he had just about enough of his club's missing opportunities at garnering points in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Despite the B's earning a point and remaining in sixth place (tied with the Rangers), the Black & Gold's hardworking coach was not satisfied with his charges effort last night against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

Sure, his Bruins rebounded from Monday's 10-2 loss to the Capitals, but losing a chance at a second point and being alone in sixth place, was clearly not acceptable to the Bruins bench boss.

"I think sometimes, as they say, you need to quit reading about yourself," said Julien, rather a-matter-of-factly. "We’re not that good.

"We’re a good team, but we aren’t so good that we can just rely on going out there and playing," he said before he outlined why the Bruins had so much success in February.

"We’re good because we are a dedicated group," he said, "together, [when] we’re in sync, we work well…and we commit to doing the things it takes to win.

"The minute we stop doing that we become a very ordinary hockey club."


"Right now, this is the time of year all the little things matter and we had grasped that in the last little while and we’re enjoying it," continued Julien. "We’re realizing that it was important, but when you let it go it’s not that easy to get it back [or] just turn on the switch and suddenly everything’s okay again.

"We’re going to have to work our way back into that groove and understand that we are a successful team because we commit to good things."

So what's the solution, Coach?

"There’s a lot of things -- [cutting down on] breakdowns, we’ve been caught with our defensemen backing in, giving the other team a little too much room, and not working hard to close the gaps," he said. "I don’t think there’s any reason to panic, but there’s reason to want to make those kinds of adjustments and get the guys focused. [We need] to get those good habits back as quick as possible."

And by "quick as possible" Julien means Wednesday's practice.

"I think right now we need to be a little more dedicated and determined," he said. "We know our hockey club and we have to be a committed group, a determined group, to win hockey games.

"We had the last couple weeks, but these last two games we stopped finishing our checks, we’re not committed to creating anything in front of the net as far as screens are concerned, and we [made] life easy for the goaltenders.

"Those are the little things that are going to make the difference between winning and losing hockey games," he said.




1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31


P. Bergeron 48 12 21 5 33
C. Soderberg 49 10 21 8 31
L. Eriksson 48 11 18 7 29
M. Lucic 48 10 18 10 28
D. Hamilton 49 8 19 1 27
R. Smith 49 10 16 8 26
B. Marchand 44 13 12 11 25
T. Krug 45 10 15 7 25
D. Krejci 29 6 18 9 24
C. Kelly 47 5 16 6 21
N. Svedberg 5 5 0 .922 2.22
T. Rask 21 11 7 .920 2.34
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