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B's 'Confident' Not 'Comfortable'

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- B's Head Coach Claude Julien spoke about the difference between being "comfortable" and "confident" as he and his players prepare for tonight's Game 5 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal match-up between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens in TD Garden.


Julien
"We have gotten ourselves back into a series," said Julien of the B's two victories in Montreal's Bell Centre.

"Getting comfortable can be a dangerous word to use, especially in the playoffs.

"We are more confident. Obviously, after winning the last two games you have built some confidence and you hope that you can carry that confidence into the game tonight; [that] and the momentum that we’ve had going our way.

"We also understand that in order to do that you are going to have to play a very solid game. They are coming into this building having won two games and I’m sure they are feeling pretty confident about their success," he said.

Man Advantage?
Julien said there were things that the B's could improve on during Game 5 -- the power play, for example.

"Well obviously we have to score on our power play at some point, and we realize that," he said.

"Last game we had one power play and It’s pretty hard to get your power play going when you’ve only got the one.

"But hopefully that is going to improve and hopefully that is going to give us some results," added Julien. "And we know that as you move on in the series, those things become pretty important.

"We’re a team that understands that, and we hopefully will get those results."

Ference for the Defense
Julien has liked some of what he's seen, like the play of defenseman Andrew Ference.

"Yeah, [Adam] McQuaid and also [Johnny] Boychuk has played with Ference," said Julien. "We have kind of been alternating those two and they've done a pretty good job. And I think Andrew has been a really good player for us so far in the playoffs.

"He’s had a healthy year and he’s been a pretty reliable player [who] competes hard. I think his experience is certainly something we certainly appreciate back there.

"And again, his competitiveness is always pretty good. So whoever he’s played with he has seemed to settle those guys down, whether it’s a young McQuaid this year or even Johnny Boychuk who is in his second full year."

Julien has also liked some of what he's seen from his other defense pairs, too.

"I think you make adjustments throughout the series and you see certain things," explained Julien. "We decided to put [Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg] together and as far as their play is concerned it’s been pretty good.

"They’ve been pretty steady and they’ve been two of our steadiest D's all year. Having them together makes them a force and they are certainly capable of handling a lot of ice time as well.

"So, we feel comfortable with that and we also felt very comfortable with the other pairs we put together because basically all three pairs have changed," he said.

Decent Home Cooking?
Julien hopes that one more thing changes tonight -- neither team has won a home game during the series. But the B's head coach isn't sure exactly why the road team has held sway.

"I don’t know, as you see around the league, it seems to be a bit of a trend," said Julien. "Obviously, the visiting team seems to have more success than the home."

The solution?

"I’ve told our team, let’s not worry so much about where we are but what we have to do as a team. And I think that’s something that we are going to be focusing on," said Julien.
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