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Not Much Left to Say

Minimizing mistakes could be the key to Game 7 says Julien

Wednesday, 04.25.2012 / 12:54 PM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Not Much Left to Say

BOSTON, MA -- There just wasn't much for Claude Julien to say.

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Beyond a joking nod to the many questions about Patrice Bergeron's playing status over the last few days (of Game 7, Julien said with a smirk, "Yes, I think so..."), the B's head coach has been down this road too many times to take much note of the scenery.

"It’s a Game 7 -- I think its Game 7 for both teams -- I think our guys are ready for it and I’m sure they are, too [Washington]," said Julien. "There’s not much you can say about those games"

"[You] try and control the things that you can and hope that those are the elements that’s going to help you succeed."

Three times last year the B's faced a Game 7 and three times the B's succeeded in being the club left standing after the contest. But even with the hype surrounding those matchups, Julien said that there were certain things that made the difference.

Simple things.

"I think it’s just a matter of not getting sloppy," began Julien's explanation. "You’ve got to make strong plays in those Game 7s and you’ve got to minimize the mistakes.

"That was actually one of our things that we talked about before last game. Back-to-back games and tired people sometimes will make mistakes and we had to be strong mentally and try and avoid the mistake that was going to cost us not only the game, but the series.

"So, we overcame that. I think a lot [we’ve been] saying today is we’ve got to minimize those mistakes and play with confidence."

And playing with confidence will allow the B's to maintain their gameplan, even in the most stressful moment of the current season.

"You come ready to play, you do the best you can, and you try and be as focused and poised and everything else that you can be," said Julien.

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