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Julien Enjoys Boston vs. Philadelphia Rivalry

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com - As you might expect, the questions about Boston's playoff loss to the Philadelphia Flyers didn't subside with the B's arrival in Pennsylvania.


Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien gives instructions during a timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. The Bruins won 7-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
And, as you might expect, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien wasn't inclined to talk too much about his club's possible usage of that loss as motivation tonight.

Instead, Julien said his club had to "start winning some hockey game here."

Julien also pointed out the ongoing Bruins rivalry with the Flyers always makes for fun hockey.

"What I like about playing here is they’re always good games," said Julien. "I think that Philly and Boston always have a good little rivalry, an intense one that goes on, and makes for some real fun games for fans to watch." 

Both clubs have lost their last two contests, and are trying to get back on track.

"Yeah. That’s basically it," said Julien. "Our game has slipped a little bit and we would certainly like to find out game again and start winning. 

The B's defense will have a little different look as Adam McQuaid takes over for the recently traded Matt Hunwick.

Going into their first post-Hunwick game, Julien said he has simple expectations for his blueliners.

"Move the puck well," he said. "Our defense has to defend, but at the same time they have to move the puck and help on the attack.

"We’re repeating ourselves as far as what we expect out of those guys. Matt Hunwick...skated well. That doesn’t mean the other guys can’t do a job at moving the puck well and supporting the attack."

Johnny Boychuk #55 might be the biggest numeral in that equation.

Asked about Boychuk's continued improvement since he returned from injury, Julien said he could see Johnny's game getting better.

"You know, when you come back from a broken arm...in that area, certainly his puck moving wasn’t as comfortable as it was in the past," said Julien. "I think he’s starting to regain that again. I’m starting to see him find areas where he can shoot the puck a little bit more, and his whole game is coming around.

"When you miss that much time, almost a month, it takes a little bit of time to get your game back, and I think right now, he’s heading in the right direction."

With the B's trying to regain their own direction, Julien talked about what he expected out of the Philadelphia Flyers.

"Well, they’re the same team as they’ve been," said Julien. "They’ve got a lot of guys that can shoot the puck. They’ve got a lot of skill up front. Guys that are good shooters. They’ve got some good shooters there in the back end.

"They’re definitely a team that’s very aggressive around the net area, and you know, they’re a character team. That’s what they are.

"What they went through last year to get in, and accomplish what they did, took a lot of character," he said.

Asked again if there were anything extra mixed into the game this evening.

"We can sit here and make excuses, which would not be the right thing to do because there are no excuses," said a patient Julien. "No doubt, we felt the loss of David Krejci, and somehow we should have found a way to recover from that and then we didn’t really find a way to recover.

"We also blew a 3-0 lead in game seven, so having said that, those are all things that we have to look at in the mirror."

"I think it’s normal that everybody wants to [talk] about last year," added the B's bench boss. "We talked about that at the beginning of the year, and we said we’d kind of put that in the back of our minds and use it as a learning tool for the future.

"That’s where we’re going to leave it right now."
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