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Julien: "Never put your guard down..."

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins -- At 5-2-0, the Boston Bruins are enjoying a successful, exciting start to the 2010-11 season.

At 4-5-1, the Ottawa Senators, who have won their last two, are working to get over the .500 mark.

But don't expect the Bruins to arrive in Canada with any cockiness in their game.

According to B's Head Coach Claude Julien, Boston must maintain their focus as they face their Northeast Division rivals from Ottawa.

"Well, you know, I've got my philosophy that every game should be viewed as a game where you go in and you play hard," said Julien. "The team that you're going to play against can beat you if you're not ready.

"It's as simple as that."

Because of the B's European swing, the Bruins have played three less games than the Senators, but it's never too early to be looking at the standings. Boston stands third, behind Toronto and Montreal and just one point ahead of Ottawa.

However, the B's schedule picks up this week, and a win against the Senators could put the Black & Gold in good standing as the calendar turns to November.

"I think you see it around the league," said Julien regarding consistent focus. "That's why teams win, lose.

"We talk about parity -- I think it speak for itself. Everybody is pretty close to each other in this league and it's just a matter of sometimes you're on your highs, and sometimes you're on your lows.

"To me, you should never put your guard down," he said.

Just look what happened to the Florida Panthers on Thursday -- the Senators scored five straight goals en route to a 5-3 victory.

"Whatever happened [previously], all I know is they've won their last two games," said Julien. "They've played pretty well, so it's another game that we have to be ready to play."

Julien said it was the B's coaching staff's job to ensure the Black & Gold are up for the divisional battle.

"It's our job as coaches to prepare our team adequately and to say, 'These are their strengths and this is what they do well and let's be careful with this and let's take advantage of that.'"

But in the end, Julien believes the most important player for the B's to watch is in the mirror.

"We've just got to be ready and worry about ourselves and how we're going to approach that game," he said.
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