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B's Need More Than a Good Start

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- After morning skate, Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien said that his club needs to work hard to get a better start versus the Devils, but said that the Bruins can't stop there.

Boston Bruins celebrate a second period goal against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 16.
"At the same time...the one thing you want to make sure is that your team plays smart and plays sound hockey," Julien told the press on Monday morning. "You know this is a game of momentum, and as I’ve often mentioned before, you can’t expect to grab the momentum from the start and have it for the whole sixty minutes -- it's not realistic.

"But you have to be able to deal with the shifts in the game and when it does shift forth you have to be ready to adjust so when the other team...has the momentum, you’ve got to try and regain it, but you’ve got to make sure you don’t fall apart either.

"I think that’s more of [the issue]," continued Julien. "At home that is something you always stress with your team

"You want to...get a good start and you don’t want to let the other team feel comfortable in your own building and that’s where I think it’s important for us to have better starts."

Speaking of tough starts, the Devils have been hit by the injury bug -- and hard. Names like Langenbrunner and Parise dot New Jersey's injury report.

Julien was asked if he was surprised that his former club, now 5-10-2, has had some trouble finding its rhythm early this season.

"Every year you’ve got these kind of things where you’re surprised at certain teams so on and so forth," said Julien. "I don’t think I have to lobby for them, but I know they’ve had a lot of tough luck, they’ve had some key injuries and haven’t had their whole team together, so.

"As we say every team has its 'issues' and it’s how you deal with them that makes the difference, so I am here dealing with our issues so I can’t really comment on [the Devils]."

While the clubs had disparate starts (Boston was 6-2-0 in Dec., New Jersey was 3-8-1) the clubs are nearly even in November (Bruins 2-3-1, Devils 2-2-1) and Coach Julien expects another tough game for the Black & Gold.

"Yeah, I mean, we’ve played them already and again, it took us a while to get going in their building," said Julien. "Remember them scoring the first goal? I think right now, no matter who we play, we’ve still got to worry about our game.

"They do a good job [with their defense], but there a lot of teams that do a good job in the neutral zone, as well.

"We really have to focus on moving that puck and moving it with some speed through the neutral zone. Obviously, that’s an area we worked on yesterday, but there was more to our game that we needed to do we’ve just got to be ready to play a tough game here tonight."
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