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Julien Wants B's to Get Back to Smart Hockey

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
RALEIGH, NC -- Asked about the things a team that has piled up a 25-4-1 record since October needs to be working on and Dennis Seidenberg explained it was a little bit of everything.

"When you win a lot of games you become sloppy, complacent sometimes," said Seidenberg. "Our goal is to get back what made us play solid games and just be smarter out there."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien will be happy to hear that answer from his defenseman, as he hasn't been happy with his club's play of late and said as much after the B's 2-1 win over Montreal on Thursday.

Simply put, despite a 3-1 home stand, Julien thinks his Bruins can play better.

"We need to be on top of our game, execution, and our decision making is something we put our focus on," said Julien. "For a while, it hasn’t been up to par to our expectations.

"We have to be better tonight, we hope our game gets better that’s our focus."

Despite Carolina's struggles this season, Julien expects that the Hurricanes will bring their "A" game to the RBC Center tonight.

"I don’t think we expect anything different form any team that’s played against us – teams have done a good job preparing to play against our team and this is something we’ve learned to handle over the season," said Julien, who reiterated that the most important thing that the Bruins can focus on is their own game.

"Our focus has always been on how we’re going to prepare for them, more than how other teams are going to come out against us. We need to be on top of our game."

Julien emphasized that the B's have to get back to making smart plays and playing smart hockey like they were in November and December.

"I think our execution hasn’t been great. Our decision making sometimes hasn’t been the best either, it’s a little bit of both," said Julien. "We have to up in our game if we want to bring it back to what we’ve expected it to be for most of the year."
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