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Head Coach Claude Julien Postpractice Transcript from 6/9

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS PRACTICE QUOTES

Sunday, June 9, 2013

BOSTON BRUINS HEAD COACH CLAUDE JULIEN POST-PRACTICE AT 12:00 P.M.
On how he prepares for a team like the Blackhawks, after not having played them this season...
Like everything else, even the teams that we played we relied a lot on video. The only advantage you have sometimes is that you know from going head to head with them what’s worked and what hasn’t worked. When it comes to that, it’s the same for both teams. I think we’ve done a lot of pre-scout and watched them play enough, have and idea of how they’ve played, just like I’m sure they do with us. You do your research, you talk to people, you do a lot of things. It’s about preparing and preparing your team more than anything else. Like I said today, there’s not too many secrets left in this game.

On if the break between series is just right...
Yeah, I mean, it wouldn’t really matter one way or another to us. In a way, it’s probably good to get it going. Right now, that gives us quite a few days to rest before the series starts and enough time to practice. Rest is one thing, but at this time of year you don’t want to be practicing five, six days in a row and that kind of stuff. It’s not a bad thing, we’re excited to get it going.

On what kind of a challenge not facing any team from the Western Conference this year poses...
Like I said, nothing more than it creates a challenge for them as well. I think all the information is out there for both teams to understand how we both play. There’s no secrets there. Again, like I said, it’s only the head to head, how the two teams are kind of going to clash, what’s going to happen when we do. It’s as simple as that. It’s about having confidence in what you plan on doing and going out there and executing it, that’s all you can do.

On if he is interested to see how their game will work against Chicago...
Well, the last thing you want to do is try and feel your way through this Final, because by the time you’re done doing that the damage will be done. You’ve got to go out there and establish your game plan and just play with confidence.

On going back to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time and what it means to him...
Nothing really. The excitement is there. You’ve heard people say, ‘Once you’ve been there, you want to go back.’ It’s true, we really want to go back; we made it happen. We’re excited about it and we also know what kind of challenge lies ahead for us. It’s about acknowledging that and being ready for it.

On why David Krejci and Nathan Horton have been so good in the playoffs...
Well, they keep playing their best hockey at this time of year. As I said before, there’s players that really get excited about that, about being in the playoffs; there’s guys that love elevating their game when they’re in the playoffs. We’re fortunate to have quite a few of those. Those are certainly two names that you can throw out there. As you know, there’s a lot more in order to get to the Stanley Cup Finals. You need more than two, and we’ve got more than two guys that have stepped up for us.

On if the Blackhawks defensemen will be the toughest they have faced to wear down...
When you look at the mobility that they have back there, it’s certainly a strength of theirs. The transition game is extremely good because of their back end and how they move that puck quickly, so you’ve got to respect that part of it, there’s no doubt. They built their team that way and they’ve had success that way.

On if he thought that after the 2011 team was kept together that they would have the potential to be perennial winners...
I think so. I think that’s why Peter [Chiarelli] tried to keep the group together as much as he could. You’re always going to lose a player or two here or there, but overall, we still believed that this team could get another opportunity to get there. All you had to do was look at our team two years ago, we’re still a young team. A lot of those guys that played well, [David] Krejci, [Milan] Lucic; I mean, they’re all young guys, [Nathan] Horton, just to name a few. You got [Tyler] Seguin who was a rookie that year. [Patrice] Bergeron seems like he’s been in this league forever, but he came in the league as an 18-year-old. [Brad] Marchand, you look at some of our players up front, they’re all young. Same thing in the back end, Zdeno [Chara] plays like a young man. We felt pretty confident. Our goaltender [Tuukka Rask] is a young one. When you look at our team, we’re not a team that’s old, we’re a team that’s experienced.

On if he has any history with the Blackhawks players or coaches...
I coached Johnny Oduya when he was in New Jersey. That’s one of them. I’m trying to think quickly here, there may be some others, some of the guys with Team Canada. Other than that, right now it doesn’t matter to me. Until it’s over, they’re the enemies.

On if it is struggle for him to figure out the matchups against the Blackhawks because of the unfamiliarity...
No, we have a pretty good idea. We’ve done our homework, we see what they have. We’re not going in there blindly. We’re not going in there not knowing what we want to do. I wouldn’t be here if that was the case. Have a pretty good idea what we want to do. Whether it works or not, we’ll see. If it doesn’t work the way we like it, we’ll make the adjustments.

On what he thought of the way Torey Krug played in the Pittsburgh series...
He’s been fine. I think so much expectations came from him after that New York Rangers round. Maybe he didn’t score, but when you look at the opportunities he had, he still got some good shots through and even the last game he made a rush that ended up in a good scoring chance. He’s still playing with a lot of confidence. He’s doing the things that we expect him to do. I said that the other day, he makes mistakes like everybody else once in a while, but they’re not big mistakes and he fights through it to repair them. Definitely he’s been a good player for us.

On what it means to him to have two Original Six teams in the Final...
Well, I don’t know what it means to me more than what it means to people. It’s been a while since the Original Six teams have met. I think it makes for an exciting, I guess, story, if you want to put it that way. But at the end of the day, no matter who you play, for me it’s about winning the series and that’s what the focus has to be on.

On if he has some respect for the Blackhawks being back in the Final after having to let go a bunch of their players after they won the Stanley Cup in 2010...
I think most of all, the word is probably you’ve got to give them a lot of credit for doing that. They’ve done a wonderful job of rebuilding their team and getting back into it. You’re right, that year they had to let a lot of good players go and they’ve managed to fill those gaps and some other guys have stepped in. It’s a sign of a good organization, no doubt.

On the emotional lift a team gets when someone who flies under the radar gets a big goal or makes a big play...
For us it just reinforces what we feel we’re all about. We’re all about team and we really respect that certain guys come up big and really get excited about the fact that guys like Adam McQuaid will score goals or Torey Krug will score goals and those players that you don’t hear much about when it comes to offense. I think our team really gets excited about those things because we do like sharing the, I guess, glory from game to game, from player to player. It just exemplifies what our group is all about.

On if there is a feeling that the team wants to make good on the way they have played since Game Seven against Toronto...
I think you’ve got two teams that can look at it that way. We can look at that Game Seven and Chicago can look at the fact that they were down three to one to Detroit and came back and won three straight. Again, every team that makes it this far can look back at a turning point where it kind of just gave them that extra jolt that they needed. That was the case for us this year, where it was a close call, we could’ve been watching from afar for two rounds already. But instead, we’re where we want to be.
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