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Boston's Not Too High After Win in Arizona

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
GLENDALE, AZ -- Claude Julien's face couldn't hide the fact that he was already working on items for his Bruins to work on before Boston plays Dallas in Texas on Saturday.

However, the B's Head Coach also admitted that he was pleased with his club's ability to consistently find ways to win.

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"I think we struggled through the neutral zone," said Julien of the B's 2-1 OT victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night. "We got spread out quite a bit and they were just going through us like Swiss cheese – we left a lot of areas for them to skate through.

"I thought we got better in the third period, it was our first game back from three days off so I don’t think we were as sharp as we could’ve been, but we improved as the game went on a found a way to win.

"Tuukka [Rask, 21 saves] was good, he made some big saves for us at the right time," added Julien. "Most goaltenders have their opportunities to win games for their team, and Tuukka in my mind was outstanding."

But as a whole, on this night the Bruins were not outstanding and even an overtime win, fueled by another goal by Dennis Seidenberg, wouldn't disguise that for the head coach.

"It’s a humbling game, we don’t get too high in those kinds of situations," said Julien of the walk off win. "We look at what’s going on.

"We won tonight, but we could have been a better team and the other team was better, if not just as good than we were tonight. We look at finding ways to win and we do that, but were still room to improve and keep getting better because right now we’re a fairly healthy team and we’ll have our challenges along the way no doubt."

That said, the B's, now 21-2-1 since Oct., haven't been challenged too often since Halloween and Julien reiterated that his club's even keel has been a major reason for Boston's success.

"Once you win the game we put em aside and look at the areas we could have been better and there's areas tonight we could have been a lot better," explained Julien. "Guys know what it takes to win now, they're pretty modest with their accomplishments and  instead of looking behind, were always looking ahead and look at next challenge.

"We have a tough schedule ahead of us and we had an easier schedule in the first half of the year being at home and less traveled, but this time we got a lot more traveling coming up.

"Well be tested along the way," emphasized Julien. "There's no reason to get  too high."
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