He made that clear after Tyler Seguin
, who led the team with 67 points in the regular season, failed to register a point in the first five games of the series against the Washington Capitals.
“It’s not about attacking your players or saying they’re not doing enough,” Julien said Monday. “[It’s more] what is it? Are you feeling the weight? Are you feeling the pressure? Are you frustrated? Is everything good?
"And those dialogues usually turn out pretty good and by the end of it you want that player to be confident.”
In Game 6, it all turned out according to plan.
Seguin notched the game-winning goal in overtime to stave off an early summer for the Bruins and force a Game 7 at TD Garden Wednesday, and he also set up Andrew Ference
’s go-ahead goal in the third period when his shot rebound off Braden Holtby’s mask, only to be slammed home by Ference.
“You want him to feel good; you want him to feel like he can make a difference in the game,” Julien said, explaining why he put Seguin on the line with Milan Lucic
and David Krejci
. “I think putting them back together, you could see Tyler’s game coming around and when it comes around, you give him that opportunity to take it to the next level.
“Putting him up on that line again just creates that excitement again,” he said.
The results weren’t only positive for Seguin, who sported the team’s game MVP lock and chain after the win.
Lucic and Krejci, who were also held pointless going into Game 6, had two points apiece and brought the offensive spark back to the Bruins top six forwards.
“It’s just a matter of understanding [Lucic’s] game,” Julien said. “And his game’s not just about running guys through the boards, it’s about playing the big role, being a big strong player, strong on the puck and still being able to make plays like he did last night on the winning goal.
“So this is what you need from guys like that and that coming around has just given us that option. Although they are still only one-goal wins, now you’re not relying just on the third and fourth lines, but also on the first two.
"And now we’re talking about scoring that’s spread out and now other teams have to decide which guys, or which lines, they want to shut down."