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Coaches Keep it Calm

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The feelings in the TD Garden were intense, but this morning the heightened anxiety came mostly from the various media outlets scrambling to get their view/sound/angle of Game 1 out to the masses as the eyes of the hockey world descend on Boston.

Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien and Canadiens Head Coach Jacques Martin both sounded serene as they addressed the gathered media prior to their clubs hitting the ice for the opening game of the much anticipated quarterfinal series between Boston and Montreal.

One media member asked Coach Julien if his club were "as dialed in" as they have been all season.

Julien said simply, "I think so.

"I think we'll see tonight when the puck is dropped, but our guys seem like they're focused and ready to go."

No hyperbole and no bluster from Julien -- just an honest answer.

Asked to compare the leadership that drove the Canadiens run in 2010 and that which drives this year's springtime work, Coach Martin said, "Our leadership group is basically the same as last year.

"But it's a new season and we're playing a team that's had an outstanding season; an outstanding club that's finished first in the division and they've got great depth.

"So it should be a tremendous competition," he said.

Again, no rah, rah from the Habs head coach.

Along the lines of keeping things calm, Julien spoke about the discipline the Bruins would need to compete with the Habs.

"It’s been a series this year of a lot of things [where] you learn along the way, but we know the way we have to play," he said.

"Now, it’s a matter of going out there and executing that game plan."

Martin talked about his goaltender and defensive corps.

"Carey [Price] has been outstanding for our hockey club this year," said the Canadiens coach. "He's given us a chance to win every night and we expect the same in the playoffs.

"I think the physicality is part of the game, especially in the playoffs," added Martin of his blueliners. "And having a good gap is crucial by your defenseman.

"We've got six defensemen that have done a good job as far as playing defense with the help of our forwards."

Speaking of physicality, Julien addressed the B's need to remain on the ice.

"Again, we also know that spending time in the box is not going to be our advantage. We don’t plan on doing that.

"But at the same time, you have your team built a certain way that you have to play the way your team is built.

"And we’re a big, strong team that likes a physical game," he said.

In regards to officiating, Martin was asked if he and Coach Julien had met with league officials about what is expected to be a highly contentious match-up.

"Before the series starts, you always have your meeting with the supervisor," said Martin. "Basically you go over certain aspects of the series and I think it's gone well.

"I think what they want -- what the league wants -- is good competition and I think both teams are highly skilled and highly prepared.

"It should be a great series."

And how!
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