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Head Coach Claude Julien Postpractice Press Conference 5/11

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE QUOTES

Saturday, May 11, 2013


BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POST-PRACTICE AT 12:15 P.M.
On what he makes of the lack of home-ice advantage in the series...
I guess you often think that it should work to your advantage, but somehow it hasn’t in this series and its’ really hard to explain why. I think both teams are playing hard and, besides talking about last night’s game again, we’ve played extremely well in Toronto and they’ve played pretty well in our building, as well.  I don’t know what it is as a coach, not the players, but we hope that trend continues to tomorrow.

On how Brad Marchand is playing along the boards...
I haven’t denied the fact that he and that line haven’t been as good. Certainly things that we deal with internally and dealt with those guys internally. Certainly, I’m not going to elaborate them, specifically, publicly; that’s not my style. I’m seeing the same thing you guys are. That’s the case, a lot of those things aren’t happening right now. Those things have to happen. We’re doing some work with those guys to help them find those parts of their game and you hope that that’s going to be the case tomorrow.

On if the Patrice Bergeron line is playing well defensively, despite their offensive struggles...
Again, same question. I think, guys, their overall game is not there. I’m not going to start going after them specifically for this, for that. They can be better. That’s all I can say right now is we expect them to be better, and what they’ve got to do better we’re addressing with them.

On how much it helps him to have a core that has been through the playoffs and can isolate a game like last night...
The one thing, like I said, that has been a challenge for us in the past has been closing out series. And we know that, we’re aware of that. But at the same time, the strength of our team has also been to bounce back from adversity and situations like that. As much as yesterday was proof of it, hopefully tomorrow’s the proof of the other side that we are capable of bouncing back and playing the type of game we need to to close the series off.

On what approach he takes as a coach when reviewing games…
We deal with all kinds of situations as far as we deal one on one with players, with video. We also deal with lines, all of the combinations that have been put together. They can watch themselves. We can watch it with them. We do all kinds of things, so it’s all available, and it’s up to us to help those guys through and that’s what I talked about earlier, about we’re dealing with that stuff internally. We’re working with them for all the right reasons and hoping that they can be better players moving forward.

On whether last night’s pairings without Wade Redden affected the outcome of the game…
Last night’s pairing had nothing to do with our game. As you saw in the first period, we were not moving the puck well at all from the back end to the front end and a lot of turnovers and we played to their strength, and to me it had nothing to do with the pairings because there was a lot of guys out on the ice besides Bartkowski who was replacing him, but the pairings had really nothing to do with the outcome of the game. I think it was more our team as a whole, but [Wade [Redden], as you know, has been a good player for us so far in the playoffs. Poise, good posture, good vision, stuff like that, so did we miss that part of his game? Yeah, we did.

On Redden’s status…
He’s still day-to-day.

On the Rich Peverley line gaining chemistry…
That’s basically it. I don’t have to elaborate more than that. It’s chemistry. It’s getting to know each other and where to go and where to be and that’s the unfortunate part I talked about at the beginning of the series. They didn’t get much of a chance to be together because of Jags [Jaromir Jagr] being sick, injuries and stuff like that so now they’ve been together for these five games in the series and I thought last night was by far the best game and that was a plus for our hockey club to see that line being able to buzz around and get some scoring chances.


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