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by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
DALLAS, TX -- Dallas Stars Head Coach Glen Gulutzan had plenty to say about the Boston Bruins this morning and all of it was good.


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"Well I look at that team and the funny thing is, I don’t mean anything [negative] by this, they don’t do anything special but they do everything really good," said Gulutzan. "To find a weakness on our starting report, we kind of had to make one up this morning.

"They’re a solid team, you look at their goals against, you look at their penalty kill, you look at their 5-on-5 game, you look at their team toughness and team speed – they have everything, that’s why they won last year."

After his club's morning skate, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien said he saw plenty to like in Gulutzan's Stars, as well.

"I think they’re a good team, they had a real great start to the season," said Julien. "They [bring] a little bit of everything, they brought some grit, they have some skills, and they’ve got good goaltending.

"They’re a real good hockey club and they’ve been hit by a few injuries, but they still have enough depth that they’re still competing and plying well."

But Julien said that at this point the B's aren't sneaking up on any team and most of the B's opponents are bringing their best game to the ice versus the defending NHL champs.

"That’s the normal thing, everyone knows our stats in the last couple of months, and everybody is going to be ready to play us hard," said Julien. "We just have to focus on our game, and know we’re going to be facing the best of every team – and we got to be ready for that.

"The focus is so much more on ourselves right now, to know we’re going to face the best of every team we have to play and how ready we have to be to continue winning hockey games."

Gulutzan believes Julien will have his own club ready for whatever Dallas presents tonight in the American Airlines Center.

"They’re well coached," explained Gulutzan. "I think it’s a really good measure for us as a team that’s trying to develop an identity.

"We have to play a game [like the] we played against the Rangers -- against the other top teams this year -- and were going to have to bring it against the top team in the league now. I don’t think they really have any weaknesses – they’re solid all over so that makes your team play a solid game against them if they want to beat them.

"I look at the Phoenix game, and they played a typical Phoenix where they were stingy and play hard and don’t give you much, and we’re going to have to do the same thing."

As for the B's 2-1 overtime win versus the Coyotes, tonight in Texas Julien said he doesn't expect the same kind of uneven effort from the Bruins as he saw in Arizona.

"I think this morning our guys looked pretty sharp," said Julien. "We had a real good practice the day after, too -- I think our pace was good.

"Yesterday was obviously a travel day, and this morning we had a good skate and I think our guys are ready to go."

We'll know for sure in three hours.
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