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B's Back to Where they Want to Be

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- After Boston's 4-3 shootout win in a much-hyped matchup against the Buffalo Sabres, Bruins Head Coach Claude was asked if the Miller vs. Lucic case was closed.

"It never was open for us," he said. "It’s up to them to answer that question, because we came here and our goal was to win.

"And we did."

But the game was in question throughout as Boston went down by two goals in the frist period. Milan Lucic may have scored a unanimous decision in his second shift bout with the Sabres Paul Gaustad, but the B's decision-making wasn't up to snuff.

"I just think we weren’t executing well," said Julien. "We were frustrated and I know why we were frustrated -- we had some real tough calls and penalties to kill. When you look at the replays, they were tough.

"But you have to understand that these referees knew exactly what they were stepping into and they had to make sure that the game didn’t get out of control.

"For us it was about putting all that frustration aside and going out there and focusing on what we had to do. I thought we got better in the second and the tides started to turn, we had lots of jump in the third where they kind of looked a little tired."

Julien said that he told his club needed to refocus after the first.

"We came in here and we said, 'That’s not how we’re going to win,'" said Julien. "I thought our second period was a little bit more to our style of play and in the third period we were determined to go out there and win this game."

Benoit Pouliot had taken an elbowing call reminiscent of the penalties that had land the former Canadien on the bench for long stretches during Monday's game in Montreal, but tonight the talented left wing was the hero for Boston.

"I think maybe it was a little misunderstood because he didn’t see the ice, certainly not because of his play—he was actually playing really well in Montreal, just his emotion—first time back there—was getting the better of him," said Julien. "At that point he was a bit of a liability and it was better for us not to take that chance.

"I was happy with his game, so he went back in tonight. I thought he played well again tonight. He’s got some skill and he showed it in practice in the shootouts,
"so it was his turn to go up and it was nice, because it will be great for his confidence," he said.

The win can't hurt the rest of the club's confidence, either, but Julien tried to maintain perspective.

"Well whether it’s impressive or whether it was really needed, I think for us to get back into a playoff spot - I think that was the main theme of all that," said Julien of the club's 10-game winning streak. "We kind of kissed away that first month and we had to redeem ourselves somehow and we needed to get on some sort of a streak.

"Tt’s nice to see us attain that and being back in the spot where we want to be." 
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