Given the size of the task ahead of them, the Bruins, who now trail their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series with the Montreal Canadiens 2-0, might take some solace in the fact that their 6-foot-9 captain Zdeno Chara
squeezed himself into a seat on the team's charter to Quebec on Sunday afternoon.
|In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Brent Sopel, right, knocks the puck out of the crease as Boston Bruins Nathan Horton and goaltender Carey Price (31) look on during the second period of Game 2. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) |
But there's no guarantee about his status for Monday's night's Game 3 versus the Habs in Montreal's Bell Centre.
"Well number one, no further update on Zdeno," said Julien. "He’s been in touch with our doctors and our medical staff and he will be traveling with the team.
"So that’s basically all I’m going to say about that."
Julien refused to comment on any shifts in his lineup and said any changes would be kept under wraps until further notice.
"I guess I’ll take a page out of [Philadelphia Flyers Head Coach] Peter Laviolette’s book from last night," joked Julien. "We don’t discuss lineups, we don’t discuss our goaltenders and we don’t discuss our injuries.
"I like that, and I’ll give him credit for that one."
Julien did speak about some of the issues that have plagued his club throughout the first two games of the series and focused on the B's inability to attain a lead, and the ensuing momentum, in either contest.
"I think it’s pretty obvious here that playing with the lead makes a difference, especially in the playoffs," said Julien. "And we talked about that before.
"They made a living out of that last year in the playoffs, of sitting back absorbing the other team’s attack and collapsing and relying on some good goaltending.
"And they’ve done that [this series]. Whenever they got that early lead, which they’ve done well, then they push teams to try to get out of their comfort zone and start taking chances," he said.
But if the B's could somehow sneak a puck by Carey Price early in Game 3, Boston might able to turn the table on the Canadiens.
"We've got to make sure that we don’t keep giving them those early goals because now you’re playing into their game," he said. "We've got to make sure we keep that puck out of our net and hopefully we get the first goal.
"And if we do that then maybe now you force them to get, to play out of their comfort zone and start getting away from their game."
Julien admitted that the club's current predicament will show the roster's true character.
"I think when you’re down in the series like that and you've got to climb back up, it definitely is a challenge of character and will, desire, commitment and everything else that goes with it," he said. "And we've got to roll up our sleeves here and go back to work.
"And we’re going back to work in another rink that hasn’t always been good to us. But we plan on making it a successful one.
"So that’s the way you approach it," he said.
Julien also admitted that the B's looked forward to a new start and a road trip might jump start the B's.
"Well that’s hopefully something that can help us get back in the series," said Julien. "And it’s going to be up to us to have that same approach as we’ve had most of the year on the road.
"We’ve been a good road team...and for some reason on the road you seem to want to keep your game a little simpler than you do at home. And that’s something that’s going to have to happen.
"Keep it simple, but keep it efficient and maybe if we do that we’ll make less mistakes," he said.
Unfortunately for Boston, this season the Bruins haven't won in Montreal.
"I don’t know how they’re going to play at home. But I know we have to play better," explained the Bruins head coach. "It’s hard to start talking about their team and how they’re going to play.
"I know we have to play better and it’s pretty obvious that we’re a better team than we’ve shown [but] it doesn’t matter how many things look good on paper and everything else -- it doesn’t matter at this stage of the year.
"It’s not about the numbers. It’s not about the number of shots. It’s not about the number of faceoffs we’ve won. At the end of the day it’s the outcome of the game that matters," added Julien. "And that’s what we have to focus on, making sure that the outcome is in our favor."