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First Things First

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
TORONTO -- First things first.


The B's have a game to win -- then they'll worry about who will be in net if and when veteran backstop Marty Turco, signed by the Bruins on Monday, clears waivers.

"I just go day by day, I’ve always said that," said Julien to a throng of media surrounding the  B's Head Coach outside the Boston locker room in the Air Canada Centre. "We’ll just see how everything turns out and we don’t know whether Marty is going to be with us or not."

But the Bruins do know that a highly motivated Maple Leafs team, now piloted by Head Coach Randy Carlyle, will be with them on the ice tonight.

"I’ve known Randy for a long time," said Julien. "We’re good friends, and certainly know his style very well.

"He’s a good coach," continued Julien. "Personally, I didn’t think he would be out of a job very long and I was right.

"He’s going to bring some accountability to this team in the way he likes his players to play hard both ways – offensively and defensively.

"No doubt [in] his first game here, the players will be pretty psyched to play for him as well and we expect a tough game," Julien said.

But at the moment, and after two straight losses, the B's bench boss isn't quite sure which Bruins club will hit the ice for him in the ACC.

"We’ve been struggling with consistency for a while, and we’re trying to find that in our game," he said. "We’re also being challenged with some injuries to some pretty important players on our hockey club.

"We've got to overcome those kinds of things, and we still feel we have a good enough club that we can do that

"In New York -- I really thought we played well -- we played hard and with a little bit of luck we could’ve come out of here with a win," he said.

However, the B's bad luck hit a new low with the loss of Rask now added to the absence of Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton.

"Well it’s unfortunate for Tuukka, he was having a good year and we were really counting on him to help us down the stretch with this number of games that we have coming up," said Julien. "It’s an unfortunate injury at a real bad time of year, but we hope to have Turco with us tomorrow and he’ll give us that experience.

"Obviously, [he's] the type of backup goaltender we need to keep moving forward here down the stretch."

The B's also hope injured forward Daniel Paille and banged-up blueliner Andrew Ference are effective down the stretch, as well.

"It’s still day-to-day," said Julien of the pair. "I think Paille and Ference might’ve started skating today on their own.

"That’s what I got before they went on the ice – whether that happened or not, I’m not sure."

In the meantime, Julien and his new-look lineup, including rookie forward Lane MacDermid (1 NHL GP), rookie backup goalie Mike Hutchinson (0 NHL GP)  and new blueliners Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon as well as veteran winger Brian Rolston, will have to content with a motivated Maple Leafs club that could present a familiar look to the Bruins.

"I think we’re very similar in a ways that we both respect both ends of the game," said Julien of his friend Carlyle's hockey style. "People get labeled as defensive coaches because they put a lot of importance into playing without the puck.

"What people don’t realize is when you’re good that way – you end up playing with puck more than you do without. I think he’s got the same approach."

Bruins fans hope that it takes just a little bit longer to take effect.
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